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AirParrot – Older Macs Can Now AirPlay Too

T_GAAP’s E. Werner Reschke says he bought his relatively modern Mac in the Spring of 2011 – a late model 2010 MacBook Air that lacks a few features the newer MacBook Airs currently sport: back-lit keyboard, new Intel iCore-series processors and a limit of only 4GB of RAM. But one feature it lacks has bothered Reschke in particular since the day Apple released OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion: his MacBook Air can’t use Airplay, which, according to Apple, only works when running Mountain Lion if you’re running:

• 2nd Generation or newer AppleTV
• iMac (Mid 2011 or newer)
• Mac mini (Mid 2011 or newer)
• MacBook Air (Mid 2011 or newer)
• MacBook Pro (Early 2011 or newer)

So if you’re like him, you’re out of luck, and that’s a lot of Mac users. Reschke says he hunted around to find a workaround, and ran into a suggestion to try a cool product called AirParrot that magically lets you do what Apple wasn’t able to do (supposedly due to Intel vs Hollywood DRM issues) with your older Mac – use Airplay to mirror your monitor through AppleTV. AirParrot costs $10,but there is a free 20 minute trial

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