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This article will explain how to use AirPlay on an iPod touch, iPhone, iPad or Mac computer.

Supported Models
There are two kinds of AirPlay. One is just AirPlay, which allows you to play movies, pictures, TV shows, etc. on the TV. The other is AirPlay mirroring, which allows you to see whatever is on your screen on the TV. 

For AirPlay:
  • iOS device with iOS 4.2 or later
  • iTunes 10.2 or later on a Mac or PC

For AirPlay Mirroring:
  • iPhone 4S or later
  • iPad 2 with iOS 5.0 or later, iPad (3rd or 4th generation), iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad Pro
  • iPod touch (5th generation) or later
  • Mid-2011 or later MacBook Air, Mac mini or iMac running OS X Mountain Lion (10.8) or later
  • Early-2011 or later MacBook Pro running OS X Mountain Lion (10.8) or later
To mirror to an Apple TV, you need a 2nd generation Apple TV or later, and software version 5.0 or later. For standard AirPlay, you need software version 4.2 or later.

If your device can support AirPlay, but not Mirroring, open up a supported app, such as Photos, Videos, or YouTube, and tap the AirPlay icon. In the below example in the Photos app, the AirPlay icon is in the upper right.

An example of AirPlaying a selected photo from a 2nd generation iPod touch

If your device supported AirPlay mirroring, the method for accessing AirPlay varies based on the iOS version your device is running.
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