Apple announces 1080p HDMI out for mirrored iPad display

Apple iPad 2 HDMI adapter

As part of the iPad 2 event today Apple announced a new $39 HDMI accessory that will do full display mirroring for iPad up to 1080p. It will work with all apps, requires no setup or configuration, and can pass through power so you can charge while playing your games and videos on the big screen.

Put your slides, movies, photos, and everything else that fills your iPad screen on an even bigger screen — your HDTV. The new Apple Digital AV Adapter mirrors exactly what you see on your iPad so that everyone in the room can enjoy it on your widescreen TV, video projection screen, or other HDMI-compatible display. It even routes digital audio to screens that support it. And a second built-in 30-pin connector lets you charge your iPad while it’s mirroring. So you don’t have to worry about running out of battery mid-meeting, mid-scene, or mid-trip down memory lane.

Anyone else want this now?

[Apple video mirroring page]

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Apple announces 1080p HDMI out for mirrored iPad display


This is great. Hopefully Apple see's the need for an HDMI port on the device.
I'll be getting one... as well as an extra long HDMI cord.

They'll probably keep using their own ports and release adapters to use what every other manufacturer in the industry uses.

So, is this a software thing that will work on the previous iPad (Because we have seen apple mirror their iPad displays from the beginning during their presentations) or is it an iPad 2 hardware specific?

I will join the previous posts, and wonder: Will this work on iPad 1, iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4??? Connecting your iPhone, with a presentation, to HDMI out would be a killer feature!!!

Tethered? I guess it's better than what we had, but come on... why not just enable Airplay to be able to mirror the whole display, and go wireless?

This was the most intriguing information of the day. I can definitely see use for this in the workplace where I don't want to pay for Apple TV.
Would be nice if someone would add some pointer functionality to behave like a laser pointer for presentations.

Will there be a way to connect to a non hdmi projector? Like what most teachers have?

you probably have to buy another adapter (HDMI-VGA)... sadly. I hear that particular adapter is more expensive but I haven't looked my self. They should make a VGA out though.
I just hope they do this with other iOS Devices.

They have a VGA out and a composite out right now. Either one of them will connect to projectors. You don't need to wait for the HDMI.
However, there's no mirroring. To do that you have to jailbreak. I use the jailbreak app Display Out and it works like a champ. As it is, without a jailbreak, it will only show certain videos (including YouTube and many streaming videos, as well as TV shows and movies purchased through iTunes), and even then the screen on the iPhone/iPad goes dark while it's projecting the image.
I do like the idea of the iPad 2 being able to charge at the same time it's mirroring. It can be a real drain on the battery for the iPhone 4 if I project the image for 2 to 3 hours.
I do know I'm getting this cable the moment it comes out. I already have the VGA and composite out cables, and they make an incredible difference in how much use I get out of my iOS products. I anticipate the HDMI cable taking it to a different level, especially if

I use Display Recorder on the iPad (JB) and iDemo (Mac or PC) to wirelessly display whatever is happening on my iPad screen - it's great for presentations and in the classroom. Not so good for games due to a second or so lag - otherwise, fantastic.

So, purchasing this for an original iPad will not allow us to show apps in action? As a teacher, there are several apps I'd like to use in the classroom via the hdmi connection to a promethean board, but it doesn't sound as if this will do it...

why not allow display mirroring on iPhone 4? if display mirroring is enabled on the iPhone 4, i'd buy the adapter in a heartbeat!

Well, Mirroring is cool and all, but apple is really missing the boat here. Why can't this just be done with apple tv? I'm sure that there may be some technical limitation here, but it just seems silly to have to plug it into the TV. The whole point of the iPad is to have something in your hand and to be able to go where you want, when you want. Forcing a cord just seems... silly. Not very pumped until it's announced that it is compatible with Apple TV.

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