Apple talked about a lot of new features coming this fall to iOS and OS X. However, there was also a lot of stuff they left off. One such feature that is coming to iOS 8 is the ability to share data from your device to Apple TV without needing to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network. Your device doesn’t even need to be online at all in order to share your screen with others through the set-top box.
It is called “Peer-to-Peer Airplay Discovery and Playback.” From Apple’s enterprise page:
“With iOS 8, you can wirelessly connect iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch to Apple TV without first connecting to the organization’s network. Which means you can present or share your work even if you’re offline or the organization has a complex network.”
Currently, users must be connected on the same Wi-Fi network in order to send data from an iPad or iPhone to Apple TV. This new feature will allow users to “wirelessly connect” their iOS device to Apple TV without the need of the local network.
There is no additional information as to how this will work. However, AirDrop uses a similar peer-to-peer connection. Airdrop uses Bluetooth to create a peer-to-peer Wi-Fi network between devices. It is likely that Peer-to-Peer Airplay will use a similar technology.
Assuming Peer-to-Peer AirPlay will use the same design as AirDrop, users will have to give permission to accept the data before streaming it on Apple TV. There has already been chatter around the Internet that random strangers or neighbors will be able to stream their vacation photos or other content on your Apple TV without needing a password. This is highly unlikely. However, it would be just as annoying if you received a pop up message asking if your neighbor could send you a YouTube video while you are in the middle of “Game of Thrones.”