Apple’s new peer-to-peer AirPlay discovery and streaming mechanism which is scheduled to be launched in iOS 8 will make it much easier for users to broadcast to their host’s Apple TV.
In the present scenario users need to connect their iOS device or the Mac from which they want to broadcast to the same wireless network as the Apple TV in order to use AirPlay. This becomes a hindrance if the host is unable to or doesn’t want to distribute network credentials or if the Apple TV is in an enterprise environment in a secure network. This new peer-to-peer AirPlay system will allow users to discover and stream to a nearby Apple TV without being connected to a network at all. For instance, a presenter could walk into a conference room and broadcast to an Apple TV without going through a complex connection process.
It is still unclear which technology this peer-to-peer AirPlay streaming will be based on. Will it be similar to how AirDrop works, i.e. device discovery by Bluetooth? The big question that still needs clarity is how Apple will ensure security and privacy in this scenario.