We think the AppleTV is an awesome device. This palm-size gadget lets users access movies, TV shows, sports, music, and more in 1080p HD by connecting it to your TV via an HDMI cable. Its AirPlay feature allows users share their Mac or iOs device screen on an HDTV through Apple TV. With a price tag of $99, we think it’s really cool.
Lately, we’ve been getting a lot of questions comparing AppleTV with wePresent's WiPG system. Even though we don’t see AppleTV as a direct match, we thought we’d outline a few differences between wePresent’s WiPG system and the AppleTV.
- AirPlay is limited to Mac devices, wePresent’s WiPG system is cross-platform.
The AppleTV offers 2 ways to stream live; AirPlay and AirPlay Mirroring. Both of which essentially do the same thing, allowing you to display the content of your Mac device onto your TV. AirPlay streams content from specific AirPlay-enabled apps on your Mac device. AirPlay Mirroring, on the other hand, does not need an AirPlay-enabled app to stream content – it will display your device’s screen as it is onto the TV.
Apple has a set of requirements for Airplay and Airplay Mirroring: AirPlay is available on all devices running iOS 4.3 or later. Some features require the latest software. Second-generation Apple TV or later required. AirPlay Mirroring is available with iPhone 4s or later; iPad 2 or later; iPad mini; iPod touch (5th generation); and iMac (Mid 2011 or newer), Mac mini (Mid 2011 or newer), MacBook Air (Mid 2011 or newer), MacBook Pro (Early 2011 or newer), and Mac Pro (Late 2013) with OS X Mountain Lion or later. Their requirements can be found on Apple’s website here
This is perhaps the biggest difference between the AppleTV and the WiPG system. AirPlay and AirPlay mirroring is limited to Mac devices. If your organization is Mac-exclusive then this shouldn’t be a big issue. If you aren’t, then you can easily see why the AppleTV just won’t cut it. If you are a Mac-exclusive organization, you must also bank on guests speakers using Mac devices to use the AirPlay.
- WiPG’s system connects upto 64 devices.
The WiPG system is designed specifically for wireless presentation. The needs and requirements of the job have shaped the system as it stands today. The WiPG system allows upto 64 devices to connect to a presentation. Once connected, the users can easily take turns collaborating during a presentation or a meeting. AppleTV is a great gadget to stream movies and TV shows from, but it is not tailor-fitted to be a professional wireless presentation device like the WiPG system is.
- WiPG’s system can show upto 4 screens at one time.
This WiPG feature emphasizes the ability to collaborate and work together during meetings and presentations. With 4 screens from 4 different devices, users can compare work easily. It allows you to present cohesively and hassle-free, eliminating the need to disconnect / connect several devices while in the middle of your presentation.
AppleTV is an amazing tool for entertainment. WiPG is designed to be a professional wireless presentation device. If you’re looking for a device to bring to your weekend get-together with your friends, AppleTV would do great in streaming live games and matches. If you are looking to invest on a wireless presentation device that’s professional, flexible, and reliable, wePresent’s WiPG presentation system is your best bet.