Mountain Lion with AirPlay Mirroring coming in July

by tomek on June 12, 2012

AirPlay Mirroring Mountain Lion

Apple announced yesterday at WWDC that Mountain Lion, a new version of Mac OS X that has been unveiled back in February, will be available in July for $19.99.  Mountain Lion introduces more than 200 features including the all new Messages app, Notification Center, Facebook integration, Dictation, Game Center, Gatekeeper and Power Nap. But the coolest feature of Mountain Lion is undoubtedly AirPlay Mirroring that lets you wirelessly send an up-to-1080p stream of what’s on your Mac to an HDTV using Apple TV 2  or Apple TV 3 or send audio to a receiver or speakers that use AirPlay.

With AirPlay Mirroring built into Mac OS, you will be able to stream whatever is on your desktop – webpages, photos, videos,  presentation – directly to your HDTV, with only one click on an AirPlay icon on the OS X menu bar.

Mountain Lion automatically detects an Apple TV when it’s on the same network and AirPlay icon simply appears in the menu bar. Mirroring sends up-to 1080p video stream with stereo audio. All information sent using AirPlay Mirroring uses encryption.

If you are dying to give AirPlay Mirroring a try and you don’t feel like waiting until July, you can check out AirParrot, an app that can bring AirPlay Mirroring to your Mac and Windows PC right now.

Game Center

Now that Mountain Lion also includes Game Center, and thanks to AirPlay Mirroring, your Mac becomes a game console! Apple showed  a very impressive demo yesterday of an iPad and a new MacBook Pro (yes, Game Center for Mac is cross-compatible with iOS) playing CSR Racing head-to-head, with the Mac streaming to a TV with little to no lag.

Apple TV set

PCMAG‘s Edward Mendelson believes AirPlay Mirroring built into Mac OS X could be another evidence that the Cupertino-based company will unveil its own television soon: “Apple of course didn’t say anything about the much-rumored Apple-branded television, but I somehow doubt that AirPlay Mirroring got into OS X only because Apple wanted to sell a few set-top boxes,” he said.

  • Richie

    Nobody is talking about Airplay mirroring requirements. I have a mid 2010 MacBook Pro 17 (2,53 GHz Intel Core i5) and I can’t even see the mirroring icon anywhere. It seems that you need a certain transmit rate and if your mac can’t achieve it you will not have mirroring. Check out this image:

  • Vazandrew

    Mountain Lion isn’t out yet

  • Richie

    It’s true but, as a developer, I have been testing every preview and still no luck with mirroring. BTW, these coments are not violating the NDA because Apple is advertising this feature so, it’s public.

  • Holbrook

    I’m using an early 2011 MacBook Pro, Developer Preview of Mountain Lion and it gives me the option. I don’t think it appears by default in the menubar, you have to turn it on in the Displays pane in System Preferences.

  • Richie

    I know it should be in display preferences but, as I said, it seems you need a certain transfer rate for it to appear.

  • in this feature’s bump to support 1080p I think I’ve discovered a disappointment… does this work only with ATV3 now, and not ATV2? 

  • Do you have an AppleTV 3 or AppleTV 2?  I am trying to figure out why it’s working for some and not others.

  • Just found this on Apple’s own pages:

    “AirPlay Mirroring requires a second-generation Apple TV or later. Supports the following Mac models:

    iMac (Mid 2011 or newer)
    Mac mini (Mid 2011 or newer)
    MacBook Air (Mid 2011 or newer)
    MacBook Pro (Early 2011 or newer)”

    Grrrr. I have 2.66 Ghz i7, but it is mid-2010, so no AirPlay Mirroring appears for me in Mountain Lion.  I wonder what the technical difference, if any, there is between these modesl?  

    There better be a terminal hack to enable it for me, it’s the only ML feature I was looking forward to… yeesh!

  • Samsierra72

    I have a MBP mid 2010 running 10.7.4  I can use airplay from that to my AppleTV 3rd generation.  from Quicktime and Itunes I see the airplay icon and when I press it, music or video is sent to ATV.  Will I be losing this when I upgrade to Mountain Lon ?

  • What you’re referring to is regular AirPlay, from within iTunes to ATV.  (Note, it doesn’t currently work from QuickTime Player, so I’m not sure what you’re talking about with that.)  Mountain Lion’s feature is MIRRORING of the entire Mac display, which means, AirPlay from anything you see on screen, from any app.  Like, from Safari, or Keynote, or VLC.

    And because your MBP (like mine) is too old, you won’t be able to use this new feature.  

    But the old regular AirPlay will continue to work just fine.

  • Sam

    I do get the icon in quicktime.  When I watch the video through quicktime (flv video) I click the Airplay button and it’s sent to ATV…. thanks for the quick reply though.

  • Sam

    I do get the icon in quicktime.  When I watch the video through quicktime (flv video) I click the Airplay button and it’s sent to ATV…. thanks for the quick reply though. 

  • Fofer

    Hmm. Well, now you’ve got me curious. The version of QuickTime Player ( X ) that is included with the Lion right now does not include any Airplay icon or functionality, anywhere in its UI. If you Google around, you’ll see that many folks for the last couple of years have wished for it, though!

    Until Mountain Lion comes out, the only Apple-shipped-and-approved way of sending video from MacOS to an AppleTV is via iTunes. That you’re saying you’re doing it via QTPX, and with an FLV (not MP4) video, no less, is certainly odd and unique. Are you sure? Can you share a screenshot? If that is indeed true, it is notable and newsworthy, and many folks would want to see for themselves.


  • sara

    so does this mean if you stream a tv show (like  divx or from sockshare etc) you will be able to see it on tv?! 😀 

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