AirPlay Mirroring & Supported Mac Models

AirPlay Mirroring makes streaming easier on OS X Mountain Lion. If you have upgraded your Mac computer — iMac, MacBook Pro, Air — to OS X 10.8, then you can wirelessly stream Mac’s desktop to Apple TV.

What are the minimum requirements for AirPlay Mirroring on OS X Mountain Lion?
You’d be surprised to know this: AirPlay Mirroring doesn’t work on every Mac computers. Blame Apple, as they have forced AirPlay to work on only newer Macs.

Apple Products that can use Apple Mirroring:

  • Apple iMac (Mid 2011 or newer)
  • Apple Mac mini (Mid 2011 or newer)
  • Apple MacBook Air (Mid 2011 or newer)
  • Apple MacBook Pro (Early 2011 or newer)

There is a strict requirement of Apple TV 2nd generation. The older Apple TV will not support AirPlay Mirroring.

I have iMac, 2010 model, and I am frustrated to know AirPlay Mirroring won’t be available on my computer. With a decent processor and RAM, my iMac is powerful enough to welcome AirPlay feature, but nope — Apple decided to stop AirPlay Mirroring permanently. There are no workarounds at the moment.

Are you using older Macs that dates back to 2009 or 2008?

AirPlay Requirements on Mac and iOS

Supported AirPlay Requirement Information

Click the image to view the requirements for AirPlay streaming. Image courtesy of Apple Inc.