Infinity Blade and Angry Birds on 50" HDTV via iPad 2 HDMI video mirroring

Take an iPad 2 and HDMI adapter-enabled video mirroring and what do you get? Well in this quick test you get Infinity Blade and Angry Birds Seasons on a 50" HDTV screen. Sure on a 1080p display apps are letter- and pillar-boxed (black bars on all four sides) to maintain pixels (no blurry/aliased extrapolations that we could see) but video outputs full screen as always so it wasn't a huge deal. Playing iOS games at that size was.

No using iPad 2 as a big, tethered game controller probably isn't ideal and yes, business and educational institutions will likely be far more productive with video mirroring, but boy was this fun.

Anyone else trying out their apps and games on the big scr

Rene Ritchie

Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.

  • I believe you can zoom in with the TV settings.
  • Rene, you crack me up :)
  • was wondering if you had an xbox.. and now I know
  • Nice work. I agree that connecting your iPad 2 to your TV, with a cable, isn't really an optimal experience. Then again, it has many practical uses.
    Apple is probably setting the stage for apps on Apple TV, but figuring out the control scheme and determining if it makes sense to have "unified" iPhone / iPad / Apple TV apps or special Apple TV-only apps is going to take a lot of careful experimentation.
    Apple really does the deep thinking and perfects their products before releasing them. Unlike certain other companies whose product mascot is a green garbage-can like robot.
  • I actually thought you had a good comment until the lame attempt at trolling in the last paragraph.
    Back on topic: I think display mirroring will become more and more useful and hopefully lead to Apple TV apps
  • What surprises me is that they did this, this way.
    From a product standpoint, I'm surprised they didn't do the iPad mirroring via AppleTV and other words, have something in settings that allows you to activate mirroring via AirPlay, and then it just mirrors straight to the AppleTV, instead of using an HDMI cable.
  • Ha, nice video. It made me smile...and really want an iPad 2
  • Why is rendering in a tiny window? Does not TV not offer any scaling from HDMI inputs? If so, you must have a very very old TV?!
  • OMG, how did I miss out so many words in my last post! I'll try again:
    Why is it rendering in a tiny window? Does your TV not offer any scaling from HDMI inputs? If so, you must have a very very old TV?!
  • haha, I didn't even notice they were missing until a reread it. It just shows how many words you brain fills in for you when you read.
  • Are you sure that's a 50 inch TV Rene? To me it looks like a 20 inch flat glass panel old tube TV!
  • Its great but the problem is - while looking at the your big screen TV- you can't tell exactly where you are touching all the time on the ipad. Basically, it all depends on the way the game's input was designed. Some are unplayable, and some work really well. Driving/Racing games which use the accelerometer are awesome through HDMI because you're basically tilting the iPad back and forth while looking at your big mother of an LCD. I have to try Infinity Blade, but it looks playable because it uses the whole screen for slicing and dicing which is easy to pull off without having touch a specific spot. Again though, when it's time to pull off magic, you'll have to look down at your ipad for a split second to quickly get your finger on the icon.
  • Maybe future update or a jailbreak app will allow to go full screen?
  • Here is full screen on an iPhone 4 attached to a 46' via composite
  • I mean component
  • Thanks Rene. Apple needs to make a remote control app that allows us to fully control the iPad from an iPod touch like a veency without a pc or mac. Or enable mirror on apple tv
  • I hooked my iPhone up to the tv while I was syncing my iPad last night it was nice. Only disappoint is that hulu doesn't do hdmi out.
  • Does anyone know of a JB app that will mirror iPhone wirelessly for everything (like AirPlay does with photos)?
  • P.S. I have a Mac Mini connected to my HDTV (I dont have ATV) and use Erica Sadun's AirPlay software).
  • I just compared HDMI out on my Samsung 58 inch plasma screen. The XOOM was incredible and filled the entire screen. It fit perfectly and used an industry standard $10 cable. The IPad2 by comparison had big ugly black bars ON ALL SIDES just to try and fit the screen, It was double ugly!!!! And with this bad compromise, the screen area was MUCH SMALLER. You can increase it but then you chop off the controls of games or lose movie details. The Apple IPad 2 uses some dongle thingy that is 4 times the cost. I am no fanboy for either Pad and love them both, but IPad2 loses this in a BIG, IMPORTANT WAY>>>>
  • Let me get this straight. I should pay $10/mo for something I can get for free?