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iOS 5 beta 3 release brings AirPlay mirroring to Facetime

So far we have heard lots of great things when it comes to AirPlay mirroring, back in June we got our hands on iOS 5 and posted a hands on article which showed it running on iPad 2 whilst playing Real Racing 2 HD, it was great! Now we have heard that FIFA 12 will allow mirroring on your iOS 5 device and also enable you to use it as a controller, which begs the question who needs the Wii U? Anyway that is a completely different discussion, today we are telling you about a new feature which the iOS 5 beta 3 brings to complaint devices.

According to a recent article posted on TiPB it looks like iOS will allow you to mirror Facetime to Apple TV using AirPlay, we are not sure whether this functionality will be exclusive to iPad 2 and future devices or whether it will also come to iPhone 4 and the 4th-gen iPod Touch, but one thing which is for sure is that it will make FaceTime a much more social experience.

Rather than having your family or group of friends huddled around a relatively small display you will be able to beam video calls onto your TV, we assume that quality will not be great as the front-facing cameras on iDevices are not exactly high-resolution and people tend to have extremely large HDTVs in their homes. To be honest though we don’t think anyone will complain about video quality as this feature is a bonus which was never promised by Apple, in the future perhaps Apple products will feature higher-res front-facing cameras to improve overall quality, we see this as a natural progression.

Currently iOS 5 is still undergoing beta testing and a release is expected until this fall, when it does arrive it is said to bring hundreds of new features to iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. You can find out some early information regarding some of these features via this link. We are mostly excited about AirPlay mirroring, the notifications center, better Twitter integration and wireless iOS updates, how about you?

There is still a lot of time between now and when iOS 5 is scheduled for release, therefore we will keep you posted as we hear of new features and improvements which this new iOS version will bring to compliant devices. It is worth knowing that iOS 5 is only going to be compatible new devices and the following existing devices: iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod touch 3rd-gen, iPod touch 4th-generation, iPad and iPad 2. We assume the older products like the original iPad and iPhone 3GS may not give you the optimum iOS 5 experience due to internal hardware, so maybe its time to upgrade, but please wait a few months just in case next-gen devices materialize.

Will you used AirPlay mirroring for Facetime?

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Written by Jamie Pert

Jamie has a background in computer repairs and maintenance along with network administration, he now enjoys utilizing the benefits of new technologies and enjoys writing about anything that brings new technology to the world.

He began writing for Product Reviews in mid 2009 and has since expanded his knowledge across a wide-base of devices, he is looking to get more hands-on experience with new devices to gain a better understanding of the latest and greatest technologies.

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