AirPlayer Tricks AirPlay Into Thinking Your Mac’s An AppleTV

Don’t have an AppleTV, or even a TV, but interested in beaming some of your iPhone’s videos to that inviting 27-inch iMac display? TUAW’s always ingenious Erica Sadun has put together a tricky new piece of software that fools your iPhone or iPod Touch into thinking its an AppleTV.

The software, called AirPlayer, is currently ad-supported and a bit buggy, but it’s got a lot of promise. Says Erica:

What AirPlayer does is create and advertise a custom Bonjour AirPlay service that pretends to be an Apple TV. Bonjour is Apple’s zero configuration networking solution for allowing devices and applications to communicate with each other over local area networks. When Apple created AirPlay, it basically set up a new way for Apple TV to interact with iOS using Bonjour communications.

I’m somewhat mystified that this isn’t already an option in iTunes — and hopeful Apple will eventually make this sort of capability native — but it’s nice to have this as a (free!) option. Well done, Miss Sadun.

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