Apple’s Let’s talk iPhone event has just finished and we now know that the 5th-generation iPhone is called the iPhone 4S and is not a hugely different to the iPhone 4 in terms of looks and specs, however Apple did reveal that iOS 5 will bring AirPlay Mirroring to compliant device, so we thought we would talk about this in more detail.
AirPlay Mirroring is a feature which we have previously seen running on the iPad 2, it basically allows you to mirror what’s on your iPad 2′s display and beam it wirelessly to your HDTV via Apple TV and then use the iDevice’s built in sensors to act as a controller, this means its accelerometer and touch screen display can offer Wii U-like functionality – neat eh?
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You can see our demo of the AirPlay Mirroring here, up until today we weren’t sure if this functionality would ever come to Apple’s iPhone, but now we can confirm that if you have Apple TV (second generation) and iOS 5 installed on iPhone 4S, iPhone 4 or iPhone 3GS (when it arrives October 12th) you should be able to take advantage of this new feature.
If you don’t have an Apple TV set up don’t worry, Apple has revealed a wired dongle which will allow for high-definition wired mirroring, however at the time of this post there was no indication as to how much this dongle will cost – you can see an image we found over at Engadget which gives us a glimpse at this accessory.
It is up to Apple and app developers to make the most of this functionality, the potential is pretty staggering if you think about it, especially with the iPhone 4S which has twice the processing power of the iPhone 4 and seven times its graphical performance – we envisage people using the iPhone 4S as a games console and controller thanks to the mirroring functionality which iOS 5 brings to the table – what will you use AirPlay Mirroring for?