Does it ever seem ridiculous that you’re grinding away on a 13-inch laptop when you’ve got a 50-inch LED/LCD/Plasma monstrosity five feet away?
Well if you have a newish MacBook or an iPad or iPhone and an Apple TV you can make that happen today.
Apple’s AirPlay protocol makes it ridiculously easy to sling your entire desktop to your TV and we’re going to show you how.
Note: You’ll need an Apple TV to make any of the following guides work.
What is AirPlay?
AirPlay is a protocol released by Apple in 2010 that allows wireless streaming of audio, video and photos but recently was made even more useful by allowing AirPlay Mirroring.
AirPlay Mirroring allows users to stream the screen on their iPad, iPhone or Apple laptop to any display with an Apple TV attached without any need for cables.
More and more devices are offering support for AirPlay and it's very effective so don’t expect the standard to go away any time soon.
How to Use AirPlay for iPad or iPhone
This is ridiculously easy.
You’ll need an iPhone or iPad with iOS 7 and an Apple TV (and an actual TV, obv).
1. First off make sure that AirPlay mirroring is enabled on your Apple TV. You’ll find the option in Settings>AirPlay but it should be enabled by default.
2. Make sure that your Apple TV and iOS device are connected to the same WiFi network.
3. Now open Control Center on your iPad or iPhone with a quick swipe from the bottom of your screen (check below for a visual on this).
4. Tap AirPlay, Select Apple TV and turn on Mirroring.
5. Now boot up whatever poker app you want on your iOS device and you’re ready to go (we used PokerStars in this example).
That’s it. It’s honestly that easy.
Couple notes: First off, playing poker on a TV from an iPad isn’t perfect because there’s no cursor and you can’t exactly see what you’re about to press on the TV. Secondly there is a bit of lag between the TV and iPad.
Also the resolution doesn’t exactly match up with your TV so you’ll have some letterboxing going on.
How to use AirPlay Mirroring to Use Your Laptop on Your TV Wirelessly
Now this is pretty sweet.
If you have an Apple laptop from early 2011 or newer you can use AirPlay to wireless stream your entire desktop to your screen.
It’s also quite easy, too.
1. Just connect your laptop to the same network as your TV and look for the AirPlay icon in the menu bar on the top right of your screen (check below).
2. Click the AirPlay icon and select Apple TV. You can tweak a few of your settings by matching resolution to the TV.
3. Now start whatever poker client you want (including in-browser only ones).
You’re done. Enjoy your 52 inches of poker.