When iOS 4.3 launches, you will also be able to utilize Home Sharing from any iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Home Sharing is a service that has been available between Macs for quite some time now. The Apple TV also supports it.
Now you can play your entire iTunes library from anywhere in the house. If it’s on your Mac or PC, you can play it on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch over a shared Wi-Fi network. And not just music. Watch a movie or TV show. Play a podcast. Or listen to an audiobook. On whichever device you want — without having to download or sync.
Home Sharing is almost the opposite of services like AirPlay. Instead of pushing content from your iOS device to a television or other device, it will allow you to pull content from your computer to your device. Anyone who has an Apple TV should already be familiar with how this works. You simply pair your iTunes library with your Home Sharing compatible device and whenever iTunes is running, the device will be able to access your iTunes library.
For those of you who prefer watching movies on your iPad or other iOS device when at home, this may be ideal. I know this will be a service I’ll take advantage of when someone else in the house is hogging the television. I can simply stream any of my iTunes content from my iTunes library to my iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
Anyone else think they’ll utilize this feature quite often?