Apple has decided that like Siri, AirPlay will be a marketing ploy that attempts to get users to upgrade their hardware.
AirPlay is the ability of an Apple device to mirror video output to a screen attached to an Apple TV. this is valuable to business professionals as an unteathered means of presenting from a computer or to end users wishing to watch movies or share photos on “the big screen from a laptop, iPhone or iPad.
Last year Apple used the personal assistant software package “Siri” as a reason to push customers with iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 devices to upgrade their phones even though the older phones were more than capable of running the software. This was the first move of its kind from Apple who previously had offered major hardware advantages as the primary reason to upgrade. This new method of pushing users to purchase new hardware is carried forward in the new Mountain Lion operating system. So what can one do?
Read more after the break.
From the Apple website:
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)”
This planned obsolescence, like the previous example with Siri is not really due to hardware. I mean, if an iPad or an iPhone can do it, A MacBook Pro from 2010 could do it with its eyes closed. As we said above, this is not a play on system resources so much as a play on revenue. Also, as this feature is touted all over the Apple website but only after reading the details of the new feature half way down the page will you see the information about how AirPlay is limited.
Requires OS X 10.6+ and AppleTV 2 or 3
Requires Windows XP or later and AppleTV 2 or 3