The introduction of AirPlay to iOS gave us the ability to wirelessly stream video and other content from an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad to Apple TV. However, it didn’t provide iOS users with the capability to share content between devices if you want to stream video from your phone to a friend’s iPad. App Dynamic’s [itunes link=”http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/airframe/id416480052?mt=8&uo=4″ title=”AirFrame” text=”AirFrame”] enables this feature.
AirFrame greatly expands the functionality of AirPlay by making it possible to stream photos, YouTube videos, and other visual content to other iOS devices.
The app will essentially advertise your device as an AirPlay capable product, such as a second generation Apple TV. As long as both iOS devices are connected to the same WiFi network, establishing a connection and streaming is as simple as connecting to an Apple TV. It functions similarly to Banana TV, a Mac app that tells your iOS device that the computer is a valid AirPlay sharing device. You can then use the AirPlay function built into iOS to stream content from supported apps directly to your Mac.
Unfortunately, AirFrame carries a major flaw: it doesn’t currently support audio streaming. As you’d imagine, this limits the type of video content that is worth transferring. However, AirFrame is currently a one-of-a-kind application with a central feature that makes AirPlay a much more productive characteristic of iOS.
You can purchase AirFrame in the App Store [itunes link=”http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/airframe/id416480052?mt=8&uo=4″ title=”AirFrame” text=”for $1.99″]. It requires iOS 4.2.1 or later.