Hello, I’m Michael Sliwinski, founder of Nozbe - to-do app for business owners and their teams. I write essays, books, work on projects and I podcast for you using #iPadOnly in #NoOffice as I believe that work is not a place you go to, it’s a thing you do. More…

Part 14 - AppleTV air-plays magically - iPad as my main computer


Over the course of my iPad only trip I’ve found many other “peripherals” help me get the job done. You’ve seen my iPad gadget bag with all of my cables and stuff I take on every business trip. But there is a small (and relatively cheap) device from Apple that makes the iPad shine even more:

Part 14 - AppleTV air-plays magically - iPad as my main computer

The AppleTV - your external iPad only monitor

I’ve highlighted many times over that having two monitors can double your productivity and while I’ve stayed single-monitor only for the last few months because I enjoy “focused” productive work on a single screen of my iPad, I very often need additional screen estate. This is where AppleTV comes in.

AppleTV - not only for shows, Netflix, Hulu and iTunes

Well, I have two AppleTVs - one in the living room and one in the bedroom - and while I use them mostly for watching movies or TV shows (and being a movie geek I’m iTunes, Netflix and Hulu Plus subscriber) I recently found a great way of using the AppleTV for much more than entertainment thanks to the magic of AirPlay.

AirPlay on AppleTV adds more magic to the iPad

AirPlay is a technology that enables you to stream via wireless network what you’re seeing on your iPad (or iPhone - and I use both). It works like magic - you watch a video clip on your iPad and you click… and “bam” - you’re seeing it now on the big screen attached to your AppleTV. Whenever I show this to someone, they can’t believe it. I hear lots of WOW’s right there.

My favorite way of using AirPlay is streaming YouTube videos to my screen - whether they are Glee songs I found on my iPhone for my daughter or Ted presentations for myself. I prefer to watch these on the big screen - it’s a totally different experience.

Note: With Mountain Lion AirPlay is also available on the Mac, but it’s a lot more fun on the iPad or iPhone.

AirPlay and Productivity - mirroring beyond YouTube :-)

Here’s how I’ve recently been using AirPlay to boost my productivity on my iPad (and have some fun in the process) - by doing AirPlay mirroring (meaning - showing exactly what I see on my iPad… on that other screen) of what I do on my iPad:

AppleTV is not a toy… but it is!

If you’re serious about your productivity and about going wireless, and are using iPad as I do (or even an iPhone) - make sure to get at least one of these boxes. They’re relatively cheap ($99) and they work like magic.

AppleTV is fun and powerful on its own. With AirPlay it’s extremely powerful and makes my day every time I use it.

Have you ever tried AirPlaying through an AppleTV? Or maybe other device? What did you do? Did you find it useful? Or fun? Or both?

Best regards,

- Michael