Originally Posted by dfp
Thank you for your thoughtful explanation. Ages ago, I wrote device drivers in assembly language for minicomputers, and was afraid that, for performance, an iOS app wouldn't do it.
It's nice that Chromecast tries to be open for Android, iOS, and Windows devices. Do you think they will ever add tab casting to Chrome for iOS that folks could use for more static pages, like email?
Finally, tab casting from our older Windows laptop works, but is sluggish on videos. Have you heard if folks with newer, faster Windows laptops and tablets are satisfied? Thank you.
I don't have any iOS devices - my last Apple device was an Apple II+ that I used to painstakingly write games on in Basic.
Anyway, I haven't looked at what hardware is in iphones and ipads these days. It's possible if the hardware is up to that Chrome tab casting could come in the future to both android and ios devices. I know there are some Windows tablets that are able to cast from the Desktop version of Chrome with the cast extension.
I can tab cast on my Windows laptop very well. My laptop is 4 years old and has a first generation i7 processor. I can also cast the entire screen, which is basically mirroring, and cast anything I am doing on my laptop to the Chromecast. It's almost the same as an HDMI connection but there is one second of lag, so playing action games wouldn't work so well. I don't need it for that however so it works great for me.
One app I would suggest you take a look at for iOS is EZCast. I run it on my android devices, and I can't tell you if the features will work the same for iOS, but I did check that there is indeed an iOS version of it. You can experiment for yourself or do some research about how it works on your devices. The reason I am suggesting it is because one of the several features it has is casting a web browser. Now the thing to keep in mind is that it is not a browser of your choice and not Chrome but it uses it's own built-in web browser. You can get it to cast full screen in landscape mode (at least that's how it works on android). It can cast other things too like documents, music, video (no transcoding), and also allows you to write on screen (for example if you wanted to circle something in a picture or a powerpoint prez). Another thing to keep in mind is that that the app was developed for it's own branded device, so all features do not work with the chromecast, but several do. So since you want browser casting, see if it works on iOS like it does on Android if that interests you.
I've never seen an apple tv in person, but if you want mirroring for ios, airplay seems to be your best bet. It's not impossible that mirroring could be developed for ios with chromecast, but it's just like I said earlier, it will be more difficult to develop it in a way that it works smoothly since apple isn't going to be volunteering the framework. Airplay of course works with different protocols than the chromecast uses and is apple developed just like the new mirroring for android is google developed. Anyway, there may be other apps as well for iOS that can cast browsers to chromecast or other functions you are looking for - I'm just not up to date with what works with apple devices so just have that one suggestion right now.