Stream Your New iPad or iPhone 4S Camera Live To AppleTV with AirPlay [iOS Tips]



What a world we live in. The things we can do with our iOS devices are world changing, and would make a person visiting from just a few decades ago squeal with delight or shiver with fear, depending on their philosophical bent.

Today’s tip is one of those “obvious if I’d thought about it” kind of tips that, well, is pretty obvious when you think about it. Here’s how to live stream the camera from your iPad 2, New iPad, or iPhone 4S to a big screen TV via AirPlay and an AppleTV.

First up, make sure you have an AppleTV connected to a TV. Once that’s settled, grab your iPhone 4S or your iPad 2 or new (odd nomenclature, right?) and launch the Camera app. Choose the front or back camera, and then double click on the Home button, which should bring up the Multitasking bar.

Swipe to the right to get to the Media Bar, and tap the AirPlay icon. Just like last week’s tip on getting presentations and gaming apps to the AppleTV, this will bring up a little pop-up menu. Choose AppleTV from the list, and turn on Mirroring.

Your TV will now turn into an exact duplicate of your iPad’s screen, camera and all. Point the camera around the room, take it out of the room, and it’ll feed its signal right to the AppleTV, which is output on the big screen HDTV. Of course, if you’re using the new iPad, you might notice hoe much better the screen is, resolution-wise, than your HDTV. So, you know, fair warning.

And yes, that IS a picture of the Skyrim map, why do you ask?

[Source: OS X Daily]

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  • Wackintosh

    not all of us have a POS vizio, so our HDTV’s might actually be better than the ipad’s screen, bro.

    p.s., check your article for typos. Cult of Mac must completely lack editors…

  • Tim Rosencrans

    A great way to use your iPhone as a magnifying glass on an inspection tool.

  • champrizi

    When Apple announced the new Siri software for the iphone 4s it was easy to just dismiss it as another company trying to get on board with the voice recognition gimmick we’ve seen companies trying to make work for years. But there are a couple of things to remember here: firstly, this is Apple, a brand that will always make something seem cool and work pretty well. And secondly, it’s not a technology that it’s had to develop fully in house, with the company buying voice recognition development app-maker Siri. We’ve played with some pretty advanced voice recognition software on the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S2, so we’ve also taken a look to see how the same command is registered on both phones. Long pressing the home button will result in the Siri voic icon popping up – or alternatively, you can set the iPhone 4S to activate the service when you hold the phone up to your ear in standby mode, so you don’t look as ridiculous when talking to your handset. From there, you’ve got quite a range of things you can achieve with speech alone, be it sending a message, playing a song (or even a playlist), setting the alarm, creating a reminder… we were very impressed with the range of options on offer. And the system is quick too – where with many other phones you have to open up the voice recognition function (often in a long winded way) and then wait for the beep to speak, Siri opens up in around a couple of seconds from anywhere in the phone. The voice recognition is pretty darn good too – we were straight away impressed with how many phrases it managed to get right on the first go, including some pretty obscure bits and pieces of speech. You do have to pronounce your words a little more clinically than you might do normally, but even garbled speech comes through pretty well. To put a number on it: we went through the list of functions Siri offers, and found that around one in three or four attempts went awry, which is miles better than the one in two we encounter on most other phones. However, before we get into the comparison, we should say this about Siri in the UK – the full range of services aren’t available, and that’s a real shame. This means you can’t ask where the nearest McDonald’s or petrol station is, a feature that’s been talked up in the US. We do have high hopes that the same features will eventually be enabled in the UK, as it’s just a matter of licensing the information and incorporating it into the system, but it will be annoying for a number of users to see that Siri comes back with ‘I cannot do that’ time and time again for cool functionality. But what it does do well is work out the context of what you’re saying, something that most other voice recognition software fails to do. So if you say ‘Tell Andy his hair looks amazing today’ it will work out that you’ll want to tell him by message, rather than asking what method you’d prefer to speak to him. Messaging isn’t as straightforward as we’d like though, as using the ‘Send message’ command to a person in your address book will result in you being asked whether you’d like to do it using the phone number or email address – and there’s no way to set a personalized choice.