Review: AceThinker iPhone Screen Recorder for macOS Mirrors Your iPhone or iPad’s Screen on Your Mac

Rating: 3.5/5

Posted in Apps, iOS, Mac, Reviews on 12/12/2016 by Chris Hauk

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Recording or capturing your iPhone or iPad’s screen on your Mac comes in handy for posting reviews, or even to boast of a high game score on YouTube. There are a number of methods available, some more complicated than others. Today, we’re taking a look at AceThinker iPhone Screen Recorder, a $29.95 solution, available for both Mac and Windows machines.

Review: AceThinker iPhone Screen Recorder for macOS Mirrors Your iPhone or iPad's Screen on Your Mac

Overview

AceThinker iPhone Screen Recorder runs on your Mac, and via AirPlay, mirrors your iOS device’s screen. The easy-to-use app can record video from your mobile device, as well as capturing single screenshots.

To use the app, simply install it, run the app, and then on your iOS device, activate AirPlay, and select “ApowerSoft [Your Computer’s Name]”, as seen below:

Review: AceThinker iPhone Screen Recorder for macOS Mirrors Your iPhone or iPad's Screen on Your Mac

Now that the video is being mirrored to your Mac, you can perform various operations, by using the buttons at the top of the iPhone Screen Recorder app’s screen. The operations that can be performed are, (left to right shown below): “Start Recording,” “Take a Screenshot,” “Open folder,” and “Disconnect.” (All pretty self-explanatory, right?)

Review: AceThinker iPhone Screen Recorder for macOS Mirrors Your iPhone or iPad's Screen on Your Mac

Recording screen actions and screenshots is quite simple, just a push of the recording button, and the app begins capturing everything seen on your iOS device, including apps, and games, as seen in the video below.

Capturing still screenshots is also simple, again, consisting of a single button push to capture whatever is on the iOS device’s screen, saving it to your Mac’s hard drive.

Review: AceThinker iPhone Screen Recorder for macOS Mirrors Your iPhone or iPad's Screen on Your Mac

To view the video and screenshots you’ve captured using the app, simply click the “Open Folder” button to open a Finder window that displays the contents of the capture folder.

Guess which button you click to disconnect from your iOS device?

Verdict

AceThinker iPhone Screen Recorder performs well, and is simple to use. The screen captures it creates look great, and the video it captures, while not the highest quality, is smooth and convenient to create. (It should be noted that I run iOS 10.2 beta seven on my iPhone. Plus, my home wi-fi network performance is less than optimal, both factors possibly leading to some of the artifacts seen in the video.)

While there are free options to perform the same functionality as AceThinker iPhone Screen Recorder, and plenty of commercial solutions, the app performs decently, and should be considered when looking for such a software solution.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

Price: $29.95 – Available on the AceThinker website.

Pros:

  • Easy to use
  • Simple interface
  • Captures high quality screenshots of your iOS device on your Mac

Cons:

  • Video capture quality could be better. (See disclaimer above.)

 

Disclaimer: This review was not paid for by the developer. AceThinker did supply a complimentary review copy of the app. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


Author

Chris Hauk

MacTrast Senior Editor, and self-described "magnificent bastard," Chris Hauk owns Phoenix Rising Services and writes for everyone's favorite "bad movie" website, Big Bad Drive-In.

His first Apple product was an iPod Classic 9 years ago, and he has since added a MacBook Pro, a number of iPads, iPhones, and multiple Apple TVs to his collection.

He lives somewhere in the deep Southern part of America. Yes, he has to pump in both sunshine and the Internet.