iOS 8 AirPlay: No network connection required

“Here’s an interesting tidbit about iOS 8 that Apple didn’t give stage time to, and that’s the removal of a necessary network connection for AirPlay,” Richard Devine reports for iMore. “It’s not even easily noticeable on Apple’s iOS 8 preview site either, but there, nestled within the enterprise section is what we’re looking for:”

With iOS 8, you can wirelessly connect iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch to Apple TV without first connecting to the organization’s network. Which means you can present or share your work even if you’re offline or the organization has a complex network.

“While the obvious enterprise applications are described by Apple,” Devine writes, “the consumer market will no doubts have its fun with it too.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Bill Mott” for the heads up.]


  1. I hope it works great…..been waiting and requesting this feature for a couple of years now. We have recruiters go out and have to send them with a complicated setup with an Apple Router, Apple, TV and backup wires, etc. This should eliminate the need for all the wires and Apple Router. Just have a backup cable incase something happens with the wireless.

  2. Maybe we are looking at the beginning of any iOS device being able to use any other iOS or Mac resources and features. Like wireless tethering. It was big when Apple dropped the CD drive and let OS X Macs could reach out and use another local CD drive. It will be interesting to see if the iPhone’s cell tower internet connection will be shared too. The Macs, iPads, and perhaps even the AppleTV could get connected where no connection exists by way of a land line network. I would like that a lot!

  3. Actually I recall they did give this stage time. They didn’t demo it, but it was mentioned and quite striking. This is big for us, because we had to relax our network security to accommodate Apple TV… Now, we put security back.. Oohhh wait Chromebooks need relaxed security too…

  4. Perhaps what we are seeing is a glimpse of the future capability of the new ATV…perhaps we’ll be seeing iOS 8 on ATV. I can’t wait to see what Apple come up with.. I know one thing, Nintendo is floundering in the wake of mobile gaming and Apple is in the perfect position to break new ground. My hope is that Apple release new retina/4k cinema displays to compliment the new Apple TV / Mac Pro…doing so would negate the need to produce a standalone TV set. Two birds one stone Apple style.

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