After creating the very first AirPlay-enabled third party app, Erica Sadun isn’t resting on her laurels. Instead, she has already gotten in touch with the developers of the great AirVideo app. Now, she has managed to have them add her AirPlay-enabling hacks to their app.
Air Video, is a great app for the iPad and iPhone that allows you to access your video files over Wi-Fi and have them streamed (reencoded on the fly) to your iDevice. The custom build version TUAW obtained, however, adds the ability to then forward this video stream to an Apple TV. Obviously, this is great stuff, and it gives you another idea of the potential of AirPlay. Check it out:
However, there is some bad news. As we told you earlier, making this happen requires the use of private API’s (code Apple doesn’t want developers to use in their apps). Therefore, such capabilities will not be available to the public on the App Store for now.
This is unfortunate, and you’re probably wondering why Apple isn’t already allowing this. Our guess is that, as Sedun pointed out, the APIs required to make this work aren’t quite finished yet. Most likely, Apple is still figuring out the best way to allow developers to take advantage of the feature, and will be allowing it very soon.
In the meantime, we’re hoping jailbreakers will find a better way, maybe a tweak that would allow us to hack any app to use it. Wouldn’t that be great?