macOS Monterey: Here’s everything new with AirPlay to Mac


macOS 12 Monterey was previewed during the WWDC21 keynote. The new Mac operating system will bring a refined experience from its predecessor macOS Big Sur. One of the top features of Monterey is the ability to AirPlay to Mac. Here’s how it’s going to work.

One of the best Apple features is the ability to AirPlay content from the iPhone to the Apple TV, Smart TVs, and even enabled speakers. Finally, with macOS Monterey, it’s now possible to stream content directly to the Mac, which means users can make their iPhones play a song on the MacBook, a video, or share their screens.

As already covered by 9to5Mac, some of the features on macOS Monterey are exclusive to the M1 Macs. Fortunately, this is not the case, although there are some requirements to AirPlay to the Mac. Here are the models that can use this functionality:

  • MacBook Pro (2018 and later);
  • MacBook Air (2018 and later);
  • iMac (2019 and later);
  • iMac Pro 92017);
  • Mac Mini (2020 and later);
  • Mac Pro (2019);
  • iPhone 7 and later;
  • iPad Pro (2nd gen and later);
  • iPad Air (3rd gen and later);
  • iPad (6th and later);
  • iPad mini (5th gen and later);

Apple says older iPhone, iPad, and Mac models may share content at a lower resolution to support Mac models when “Allow AirPlay for” is set to “Everyone” or “Anyone on the same network” in Sharing preferences.

Check below everything new with AirPlay to Mac on macOS Monterey:

AirPlay content to your Mac: Use AirPlay to send content to your Mac from an iPhone, iPad, or even another Mac. View videos, edit Keynote presentations and hear music on your Mac as it’s being played from your other device. Your Mac works with any Apple device, and it’s even easier to connect if the devices share the same Apple ID.

Use as AirPlay 2 speaker: The Mac can function as a third-party AirPlay 2 speaker, allowing you to play music or podcasts to your Mac or use it as a secondary speaker for multiroom audio.

Mirror or extend the display: When sending content from your iPhone or iPad to your Mac, you can choose to mirror your iPhone or iPad or extend its display by using a Mac as a secondary display for apps that support it, such as Keynote and Photos.

Send wired or wirelessly: AirPlay works both wirelessly and wired using USB. A wired connection is useful when you want to ensure that there’s no latency or you don’t have access to Wi-Fi.

macOS Monterey is currently in beta for developers. In July, Apple plans to release a public beta to all users. The operating system is set to be released in the fall.

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