If Your Clients Upgrade to Apple’s iOS 9, Your Wireless AV Collaboration Systems May Stop Working

iphone-blog-collab-1015There’s an interesting dilemma developing in the ProAV market where clients are calling their AV integrators because, ever since they upgraded to iOS 9 with their iPhones or iPads, they stopped working with their wireless transmission systems.

There are about a dozen or so companies who have wireless AV systems out there. It all started with Barco and its industry-leading ClickShare launch a few years ago. And, ever since, many BYOD or “collaboration” systems (as well as Huddle Rooms) have been built integrating wireless systems (or at least inputs on a system) that accommodate sending video and audio wirelessly via Apple laptops, Samsung phones, tablets, Windows devices and even iOS (Apple iPhones and iPads). The thought is that it allows for someone (an attendee of a meeting or a group in a brainstorming meeting) to share content without having to connect to the room’s VGA or HDMI cable. It all happens wirelessly.

But, oops, in iOS 9, Apple made that even harder and, all-of-a-sudden, many of the popular wireless systems out there (e.g. any system — other than Apple’s own — using AirPlay to transmit video) stopped working. So, an iOS 8 phone works, but not one using iOS 9.

So, who’s affected?

Well, let’s make this easier and tell you who’s not affected so far — these are the companies with wireless transmission systems are still working in iOS 9 as of October 20th. We will update this list as systems are updated or we hear back from the manufacturers. Here are the collaboration systems that DO work with iOS 9, as of October 27, 2015:

  • Crestron AirMedia
  • Extron ShareLink
  • EPSON iProjection
  • Panasonic Wireless Projector App
  • Christie Brio
  • Kramer VIA
  • WolfVision Cynap
  • AMX Enzo via MirrorOp
  • Barco ClickShare
  • wePresent’s MirrorOp Presenter App
  • Arrive AirPoint

We will keep updating this list as manufacturer’s fix their systems, but, again, this iOS 9 issue needs to be monitored as many, many installed systems aren’t working any more when your clients update their operating systems.