Get AirPlay Mirroring on Older Macs with AirParrot
AirPlay Mirroring arrived on the Mac with OS X Mountain Lion, but Macs built before 2011 don’t support the feature, and obviously any OS X version prior to 10.8 won’t have it either. That is, until you run AirParrot, which enables AirPlay Mirroring on any Mac (or Windows PC) running OS X 10.6.8 or later.
To mirror your Mac or PC screen you’ll obviously need an Apple TV to send the display to, or a software-based AirPlay Server like Reflection running on another device. Then all you need to do is launch AirParrot, pull down the menu, and select the output device to mirror the screen to. In a second or two, you’ll have perfect display mirroring. It really is that simple to use, and considering AirParrot supports such a wide variety of hardware and older OS versions including Snow Leopard and Windows XP, it makes you wonder why Apple just didn’t bundle the feature on more Macs to begin with.
AirParrot has a free trial mode that works for 20 minutes before terminating the AirPlay session, giving you more than enough time to try it out. Unlocking unlimited usage costs $10.
If you’re bummed your Mac didn’t make the official AirPlay cut, AirParrot is a no brainer to at least try out. There really isn’t any other worthwhile option to enable AirPlay on older Macs, and that it runs on Windows too is a nice bonus for PC-based gamers too.