When it comes to AirPlay mirroring, there is an understandable trend towards streaming display out from one device to one with a larger screen, such as from your iPad to your Mac, or from your Mac to your TV. Reflection tasks entirely the opposite approach, making it possible to AirPlay mirror the display of your iPhone or iPad to your Mac (and now your PC!).
As this is counter to most people’s view of how AirPlay mirroring should be used, it is perhaps worth looking at a copy of potential uses for the app. The first scenario sees the app being uses to make iOS demonstrations on a Mac. Whether this is to show how a new piece of software works or to play a presentation stored on an iPhone or iPad, this is a great alternative to working out how to hook up your iOS device to an projector or screen.
The most likely use for the app, however, is to play iOS games on a larger screen. With just a few moments of configuration you could be playing your favorite games on a much larger screen. You can choose between working in full screen or windowed mode, and you can also open to have an iPhone or iPad wrapper adorning your iOS app window. With the ability to force the app to run in portrait or landscape mode, it can be easily set up to work with just about any app you can think of.
If this app is something that appeals, you will need to be using an iPhone 4S or an iPad 2, and running a Mac with OS X 10.6 or later installed. The somewhat quirky nature of the app means that the asking price could be viewed as being a little on the high side, but if after testing out the trial version it seems like something you could get some mileage out of, it is not so expensive as to seem extravagant.
Note that Reflection now supports Windows computers.
Reflection 1.2.6 (for Windows) brings these changes:
- Revolves an issue that prevents auto-updating from functioning
- Resolves a path issue which affected mass deployments
- Reflector now aborts system shutdown or logout if there are active AirPlay connections