Can’t use Mountain Lion AirPlay Mirroring on your Mac? Try this inexpensive third-party app

26 July, 2012 - Paul Dixon

Introduced with OS X Mountain Lion, AirPlay Mirroring is a fantastic new feature that allows you to send whatever is on your Mac’s screen to a HDTV via an Apple TV. Unfortunately though, as many users are discovering, it only works on late-2011 (or newer) iMacs, Mac minis, or MacBook Airs, and early-2011 (or newer) MacBook Pros.

However, thanks to a fairly inexpensive third-party app called AirParrot, not only can you emulate Mountain Lion’s AirPlay Mirroring on older systems, you don’t even need to be running Apple’s latest OS – it also works on both Snow Leopard and Lion.

AirParrot is compatible with the second and third-generation Apple TV, can transmit stereo audio, video up to 1080p, and includes a number of settings which allow you to get the optimum results for your hardware.

AirParrot Settings

The app is priced at $9.99 (£6.66) for a single user, or $29.99 for a multi-license (5 Macs), but before you decide to purchase, you can download a free fully-featured trial which can be used for 20 minutes.

For more information visit the AirParrot website.

About the author

Paul Dixon is the owner of Macsessed. He lives in Lancashire in the UK where he works as a web designer. You can find him on and Twitter.