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Bryan M. Wolfe
| June 3, 2014
Peer-To-Peer AirPlay Arrives On iOS 8, Apple TV
It’s about to get easier to broadcast content from your iOS device or Mac to an Apple TV. In iOS 8, users will be able to discover and stream to a nearby Apple TV, even if they aren't on its network, according to AppleInsider. Right now, an iOS device or Mac needs to be connected to the same wireless network to use AirPlay with an Apple TV. This becomes an issue in an enterprise environment where multiple networks may exist. Under the new system, users can broadcast even without being connected to a network. This means you can share your work even if you're offline or the organization has a complex network. According to AppleInsider:
There is no word on how Apple will handle security in this context, or if the peer-to-peer functionality will be extended to OS X. It's also unclear what the technology is based on, though it's likely similar to the manner in which AirDrop works — device discovery is based on Bluetooth, and a Wi-Fi Direct connection is created for file transfer.For more on iOS 8 in enterprise, click here. See also: Apple Introduces Enhanced Enterprise Features In iOS 8, Americans Aren't Yet In Love With Internet-Connected Televisions, and AppAdvice Daily: WWDC 2014 Keynote Roundup.