All things Air – iOS 4.2

BY THE APPLE GIRL  

Apple released the Airplay feature in the much awaited iOS 4.2 software update. It’s sweeter than I had anticipated in our earlier blog. Airplay is seamlessly built into all the iOS devices and gives you the wireless nirvana you’ve been looking for.

In case you haven’t been following along, Airplay is the ability to stream audio and video from any iOS device to the Apple TV. It also lets you stream music to an Airport Express. If you own an Airport Express, you can now stream “any” audio (including Pandora!) from an iOS device directly (you are not restricted to iTunes or to the Remote App). Moreover, Apple has partnered with some third party audio makers to give you more of that wireless nirvana.

Albeit the feature comes with a limitation – streaming third party applications like VLC Media Player is limited to audio only – Jobs hopes to bring it in the future release.

Despite being available for years, DLNA (the dry name doesn’t seem to be helping!) will now gain popularity because of Airplay. DLNA is already available on many phones, but does anyone use it? Now that Airplay is out, every other phone manufacturer will jump on the DLNA band wagon.

GoogleChic, we need to have a DLNA vs Airplay face-off experiment! 🙂

P.S: Check out more of our DLNA vs Airplay tiff.

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC 

Okay AppleGirl, I get it you LOVE Airplay. There’s really not much more to say about DLNA (which I’ve not said before) other then it does pretty much the same thing as Airplay just with non Apple devices.

Other than Airplay, Apple released AirPrint with Apple’s iOS 4.2 release. Obviously, wireless printing isn’t new to the world, but with AirPrint you’re now able to print directly from your Apple devices without having to install drivers or software.

AirPrint allows for you to print wirelessly to an ePrint enabled printer. However, thus far there are only 10 compatible HP printers.

Not to worry, there are ways to get around the compatibly issue  if your printer is not supported. Check out the instructions here.

Needless to say, AirPrint is a nice to have feature but it’s nothing new to the world. Wireless printing has been out there for quite some time. Apple only got it to a point where you don’t have to install software or drivers, that is if you own one of the compatible printers 🙂

Don’t worry all you Android fans, I’m not jumping on the Apple bandwagon. I’m just merely pointing out facts 🙂

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