iOS 8 AirPlay won't need a network connection

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Here's an interesting tidbit about iOS 8 that Apple didn't give stage time to, and that's the removal of a necessary network connection for AirPlay. It's not even easily noticeable on Apple's iOS 8 preview site either, but there, nestled within the enterprise section is what we're looking for:

With iOS 8, you can wirelessly connect iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch to Apple TV without first connecting to the organization's network. Which means you can present or share your work even if you're offline or the organization has a complex network.

Peer-to-peer connections are nothing new but until now AirPlay has required a network connection to make the magic happen. While the obvious enterprise applications are described by Apple, the consumer market will no doubts have its fun with it too. Such as connecting to a friend or family members Apple TV without first having to go through connecting to their WiFi.

It's a small touch, but a great one for us nevertheless. How about you guys; offline access to AirPlay going to help you out at all?

Source: Apple via AppleInsider

Richard Devine

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iOS 8 AirPlay won't need a network connection

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No more need to lug around an airport express and setup a dummy network just to present from iPad or iPhone via Airplay.

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Indeed, just the Apple TV + projector to lug around ;-).
There are still institutions where IT can simply get away with saying: "Too bad for your talk, but you can't use our network. Buzz off!" I once had to use my iPhone as a hotspot to make AirPlay work. So for those occasions this new solution will be fab!
But there are those who have taken to actively jamming all WiFi that's not their own. There you'd still be out of luck........

It also looks similar to that "instant hotspot" feature they showed with the iPhone. It most likely uses Bluetooth to discover and pair, then a direct Wi-Fi connection.

Strategic move. With the difficulty trying to working with cable and ISPs, this is a tiny way to get around them. Just a thought.

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Very welcome improvement. Until now we had to manually change the WiFi network on the Apple TV (from an internal to the guest one) whenever visitors wanted to present something. Now they do not need to be on any of our WLANs at all. Like.

I wonder if this means I will be able to stream a video over cellular to my Apple TV. Sometimes the local broadcast media will have disputes with the cable network providers and you can't watch their videos if you connect from the cable network providers' internet service. This way, you could stream the data over cellular. Granted, this would use up data on your data and potentially be a bottleneck if you do not get good speeds, but it is an option!

Nice touch. Handy for home. Unfortunately most large companies/management look at you strange if you say you want/can use Apple products to build and give the presentation.

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Nice touch. Handy for home. Unfortunately most large companies/management look at you strange if you say you want/can use Apple products to build and give the presentation.

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This will also be crucial for integrating Beats headphones/speakers... No wifi needed but better quality than Bluetooth... Interesting

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This will also be crucial for integrating Beats headphones/speakers... No wifi needed but better quality than Bluetooth... Interesting

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This seems more aimed at Conference rooms. Corporate networks rarely support Bonjour. So even if the ATV & iDevice are on the same network, they are unlikely to work. So, you would have to add a sandboxed WAP, usually losing Internet access.

This will help at least one of my clients, in their boardrooms.

Will this work with Apple TV 3 or will we need to purchase the 4 for this? I have one for home and will now purchase another one to take with me when I go to someone's house that doesn't have one.