This past Monday, the free Apple iOS 4.2 upgrade became available for the iPad. Among the many new features that came with it, two stand out in how they move us forward in the world of media convergence: (1) AirPlay + (2) Find My iPad. Here is my video demo of them:
AirPlay lets me stream content to my TV screen.
With the launch of AirPlay on the iPad, AppleTV just got a whole lot more interesting. Let’s say I’m away from home and start watching a movie on my iPad. When I get home, I want to finish the movie but use my TV screen and audio system -- No problem.
With one click on my iPad (or iPhone), the movie (in progress) appears on my TV screen with full surround sound audio. Photos and music work similarly. This is also a great way to browse movies on YouTube and then display them on the big screen. You can bet this is the first of many new features and apps we’ll see on AppleTV.
MobileMe helps me find my iPad if I’ve lost it.
A new feature of MobileMe is “Find my iPad (or iPhone)” which runs in the background of your device and leverages the GPS feature. Not only can you use any web-enabled device to log into me.com and see exactly where your lost iPad (or iPhone) is on a map, but you can send a message and 2 minute sound to it that is immediately displayed (and very loud) so that it gets noticed.
I can also imagine the implications for stolen devices, such as being able to track where the device is at any point and help direct the police to its location. That’s pretty cool. You can also remotely lock and wipe your device to prevent access.
Mobile has become so much more than a phone, ‘eh? It is now seamlessly embedded as a natural extension of our every day behaviors and it’s become effortless to “move” content from one screen to the other. 2011 is going to be a very interesting year for media convergence.