So, you’ve got a small apartment, dorm room, or just have a need to hole up in your office for a while, and all you’ve got for a screen is your gigantic 27-inch iMac. You’ve got access to great content on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, but how to get that content onto the Mac? That’s where AirServer 3.0 ($8) comes in, acting as a virtual Apple TV inside your Mac.
Features in the latest version include support for AirPlay streaming of audio, photos, and video from an iOS device to any Mac running it, from any app that supports it, even offering the ability to present videos in full-screen mode. Sure, you could go out and buy a second-gen Apple TV and a small LCD to fill the role, but you already have the Mac—and that’s the whole point.