Mountain Lion with AirPlay Mirroring now available to download

by tomek on July 25, 2012

AirPlay Mirroring Apple TV

Mountain Lion, a new version of Mac OS X that has been unveiled in February, is now available to download from the Mac App Store for $19.99. Mountain Lion comes with more than 200 new features including the all new Messages app, Game Center, Facebook integration, Notification Center, Power Nap Dictation and Gatekeeper. 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 are 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.

Game Center

Now that Mountain Lion also includes Game Center, and thanks to AirPlay Mirroring, your Mac becomes a game console! At this year’s WWDC Apple showed a very impressive demo 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.

Download Mountain Lion [iTunes link].

  • GuestGL

    And AppleTV would be adopted by universities and offices everywhere if only they supported WPA 2 Enterprise. 

  • Df

    No mirroring airplay for my Macbook pro mid-2010 !!!
    Shame on you apple ! 

  • mediumsizedrob

    I’d much rather be able to send output to my TV as a wireless second display than just to mirror the same thing I have on my screen.  I don’t really see a big benefit in using two of my screens to show the same thing simultaneously.

  • Sman55

    what a bummer.  My macbook pro mid 2010 won’t run this – how annoying!

  • Luke James

    i have to echo the frustration over not supporting macs as young as from 2010. seriously? i heard some b.s. excuse about the graphics card… and yet apps like air parrot and beamer do just that… for a price. there has been a lot of questionable moves lately about app and feature support (no iMovie or iPhoto for iPads without a camera for editing and organization apps?). I don’t think I like this Apple as much as the old one.

  • Erik Madsen

    Why would a machine not even supported show the option to display the toolbar icon when an AppleTV is available for mirroring?

  • Daboss302

    WTF APPLE LATE 2010 MBA and no airplay FFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU this shit was expensive and you cant add the function you bastards. 
    Ripped off, SOB.

  • Editor

    For Macs that don’t support AirPlay mirroring in MountainLion – check out @AirParrot  

  • Minordav3

    it bs how power nap doesnt work either even when i have a ssd  in my macbook

  • drone

    Been trying it out for a day now (Internet speed 100Mb/s). Unfortunately the lag seems to be too much for gaming, and even HD video streaming. The lag occurs especially when watching high-paced action sequences etc. Applications as Spotify and PowerPoint are great with AirPlay, though. I wonder how XBMC and Serviio stream flawless HD video, and the AppleTV 3 still seems to choke.

  • As suspected Apple won’t be able to hold it’s position after Steve Jobs. And I can very much feel the beginning of fall… Very very disappointing….. OS X Mountain Lion’s AirPlay Mirroring not working on MAC Pro 2.53 GHz Intel Core i5 Mid 2010… 

  • Ar

    I don’t understand how a third party app can make it work, but Apple can’t. Very disappointed.

  • Ahmedmpower

    apple should be tell us about this before we purchase

  • Annoyed

    This is poop. This is the one feature that I wanted, but cant use on my 2010. Bastards. 

  • Jimmy
  • NotFarFromTheTree

    Months later, I’m still thinking about this issue. I also had a Mid 2010 model (Mac Mini) and expected it to support this feature in Mountain Lion. But, it doesn’t! It’s the sneaky marketing with lies of omission like these that, IMHO, are damaging Apple’s brand and stock value. Apple used to be honest with its customers! Get back to that, Apple!!!

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