Amazon issued an update to their iOS app that allows users with a number of updates. The biggest news is the ability to Airplay content from the app to an Apple TV. Previously, users could only send the audio to the Apple TV. With this update, users can wirelessly stream audio and video from an iOS device to an Apple TV.
The Amazon Instant Video app allows customers to watch videos purchased from Amazon on their iOS device. While all videos must be purchased through a web browser and not through the app, Amazon does allow free streaming of over 40,000 videos to their Amazon Prime customers without purchase or additional cost.Read more
As Apple prepares for the next update to iOS, users are noticing that older devices are being offered an alternative when trying to download apps that are not compatible with those devices. This is the first time Apple has allowed previous versions of apps to be downloaded. If an app was updated, users had to maintain copies of older apps if they ever needed to reinstall them and an updated app was added to the Apple App Store.
Today, Apple updated iOS to version 5.1.1. The update contains security patches and bug fixes for HDR photos, AirPlay, Safari syncing, switching between 2G and 3G networks on the new iPad, and making iTunes purchases from an iOS device.
So, AirPlay has been around for a while now, ever since the Apple TV 2 arrived in fact. Since I received an Apple TV 2 from my wife and children for Christmas last year, I have been able to experience the wonder that is AirPlay. Since we have other iDevices, this feature has been a perfect companion. There have been a few times when I wanted to have an AppleTV connected to the other tvs in the house. So, for those wondering what AirPlay is...It is the ability to start a video or picture on a device with a smaller screen and send it wirelessly to the AppleTV which is usually connected to a bigger screen. You are probably asking why it has taken me so long to write about it. Well, I am glad you asked...since we do have the one Apple TV, it wasn't always available for immediate use. The device is in our home office. Since I am only there when doing some work or writing articles, I don't always remember to use it for this purpose. Most of the time, I use it to play Netflix videos or videos from iTunes. With the recent addition of being able to play previously purchased tv shows and Vimeo with the iOS 4.3 update, I have tried to take more time to appreciate the additions. What this also means is old features become more evident.Read more
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