Monday, March 7, 2011

iPad 2′s killer feature: HD mirroring; if you can see it on your iPad 2, you can see it on your HDTV

“People might be split on whether buying an iPad 2 is a good or bad idea, but there’s no denying it promises some impressive improvements over the original Apple tablet,” Darrell Etherington reports for GigaOM. “But the most impressive feature of all comes when you combine the iPad 2 with the new Digital AV Adapter accessory: video mirroring.”

The iPad 2 will be able to output a mirror image of whatever is displayed on its screen to a TV, monitor or HD projector connected via the Digital AV Adapter and an HDMI cable,” Etherington reports. “Unlike with the current AV and VGA-out 30-pin connectors, what you can output to an external screen isn’t limited to apps that have the feature enabled. Instead, the new mirroring feature works with all apps, and even with iOS itself, including the iPad’s home screen.”

Etherington reports, “AirPlay’s new third-party support may leave some content providers gun-shy about mobile content being accessible to TVs, but Apple’s ensured with video mirroring that users can still get content from the device on to the big screen, no matter what media companies happen to think about that. It means all your favorite video-watching apps (Hulu Plus, Netflix, Comcast Xfinity) will be available for big-screen viewing in a way that is completely location independent. You won’t even need an Apple TV to receive the stream, just an HDMI cable and the adapter.”

Read more in the full article – recommended – here.

More info about the Apple Digital AV Adapter (US$39) here.

Use the Apple Digital AV Adapter to mirror whatever’s on your iPad 2 screen — apps, presentations, websites, and more — on your HDTV or HDMI-compatible display in up to 1080p HD (movies play at up to 720p).
Watch slideshows and movies on the big screen in up to 720p by connecting your iPad, iPhone 4, or iPod touch (4th generation) to an HDTV or HDMI-compatible display. The Apple Digital AV Adapter routes digital audio to screens that support it. Connect the Apple Digital AV Adapter to your iPad, iPhone 4, or iPod touch (4th generation) via the 30-pin dock connector and to your HDMI-compatible display using an HDMI cable (sold separately). A second 30-pin connector built into the AV adapter lets you charge and sync your device while it’s connected to your HDMI-compatible display.

By Carl W. Brooks

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