Unless you have a mid-2011 or newer iMac, Mac mini, MacBook Air, or early-2011 or newer MacBook Pro, you may not be able to enjoy AirPlay Mirroring with your second generation or newer Apple TV when OS X Mountain Lion is released.
Looking forward to broadcasting movies, music and more from your less-than-fresh, though still OS X Mountain Lion compatible, Mac using AirPlay Mirroring? If you don’t have a mid-2011 or newer model, just put that thought out of your mind right now.
Apple’s OS X Mountain Lion specifications and requirements page offers the following requirements for AirPlay Mirroring fans:
Feature-Specific Requirements: AirPlay Mirroring:
Requires a second-generation Apple TV or later. Supports the following Mac models:
• iMac (Mid 2011 or newer)
• Mac mini (Mid 2011 or newer)
• MacBook Air (Mid 2011 or newer)
• MacBook Pro (Early 2011 or newer)
No mention of why AirPlay mirroring will require such late model equipment, but FP has a theory; “My best guess is that these Macs ship with Intel chips containing the latest and greatest version of Intel Insider, which allows streamed DRM encrypted Hollywood content to play — just guessing…”
What’s your opinion, dear reader? Why would Apple require such new equipment to AirPlay Mirror? Let us know your opinion in the comments section below.