How to Enable AirPlay from iPhone to Mac: AirPlayer

Erica Sadun is one of the most prominent iPhone hackers, and this time she has worked her iPhone magic again. According to her post on TUAW, she has created a hack called AirPlayer, which will stream AirPlay from any iOS device to your Mac. She reverse engineered AirPlay to create this. Yes, you read that correctly.

AirPlayer creates a custom Bonjour AirPlay service that will appear as an Apple TV. This will enable your iPhone to recognize the “Apple TV” created by AirPlayer to stream video to your Mac. Brilliant.

What AirPlayer does is create and advertise a custom Bonjour AirPlay service that pretends to be an Apple TV. Bonjour is Apple’s zero configuration networking solution for allowing devices and applications to communicate with each other over local area networks. When Apple created AirPlay, it basically set up a new way for Apple TV to interact with iOS using Bonjour communications.

AirPlayer can be downloaded here. It’s an ‘extremely alpha version’ so use at your own risk. It will work on both jailbroken and non-jailbroken devices.

Check out the video demo of AirPlayer below:

Amazing work, Erica!


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