Daily Tip: How to enable video mirroring on the original iPad [jailbreak]

Own an original iPad and want to know how to enable video mirroring, just like iPad 2 offers? While this feature is not supported on the original iPad, with the release of the iOS 4.3.1 untethered jailbreak you can now add the display mirroring feature. We'll tell you how after the break!

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Mirroring allows you to view exactly what is displayed on your iPad screen on a TV or projector; you will need an Apple Digital AV Adaptor or VGA Adaptor to connect to your TV.

  1. Jailbreak your iPad on iOS 4.3.1

  2. Modify system files as follows:

  • Navigate to system/library/coreservices/springboard.app;

  • Download the K48AP.plist file on your computer;

  • Add the string “display-mirroring boolean YES” and make sure the file looks like the image below:

  • Upload the modified file back to the iPad (you can use an app like Cyberduck for this, and make sure OpenSSH is installed on the iPad), restart the device;

  1. Enjoy your display mirroring!

Take a look at the video below showing the hack in action. If you give this one a try, let us know how it works for you in the comments!

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Daily Tip: How to enable video mirroring on the original iPad [jailbreak]


Everybody knew video mirroring did not require the extra power of the iPad 2... It would not hurt if Apple had included this for the iPad 1 as well.

And why would Apple do that?? They need to hold all minor updates for the next product so that they can call it "majical"!!!

Yes, tests on iPhone 4 and iPod Touch 4th generation have been successful, you only have to modify different plist file, check my website, more info there!

What about the resolution? I have a 21" inch TV. I want to use the step for it. But I am worried about the resolution. What do you think?

This is great. I was looking for a way to make this happen. Too bad I can not use the HDMI cable but I guess the iPad2 is required for that.
Is it true that the iPad 3 will have an HDMI port with Passthrough+Power so that it will change and stream?

I implemented this and it works fairly well. Although, I have to say, I see why Apple didn't allow full mirroring on the iPad 1. It is a bit laggy with certain programs.

I implemented this too and it works well. Using the Apple HDMI cable on the iPad 1. I only noticed a SLIGHT lag in a couple of programs. Overall, the hack works extremely well.