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March 22, 2011

My new computer is a 50" plasma


Can't wait to try out HD mirroring, a nifty new feature of the iPad 2.

Long story short: you connect your iPad to your HDTV with an HDMI cable — and whatever's on your iPad screen appears on your TV in real time, at full resolution and frame rate, such that you can use it as a giant desktop computer monitor.

This would appear to let you control your TV with finger gestures on the iPad, as opposed to the idiotstick remotes I'm currently saddled with.

No reason not to order the necessary adapter today in anticipation of the eventual iPad 2 acquisition so I can hook it up on Day 1.

Note to self: make certain to also get at least a 9-foot-long HDMI cable so I can enjoy this cool feature from my favorite spot on the couch.

[via Andy Ihnatko's Twitter]


Note added at 12:58 p.m. March 25, 2011: my AV adapter (or adaptor: both are acceptable spellings in the U.S.) arrived a minute ago.

I connected it to my iPad 1 and an HDMI cable directly to my TV just to see what would happen.

Long story short: the TV plays YouTube videos that appear on the iPad, either from the YouTube website or my blog — but that's it.

NO mirroring as described above.

And since my iPad's running iOS 4.3 it's not a matter of the wrong operationg system, but rather a function of something native to the iPad 2.

March 22, 2011 at 04:01 PM | Permalink


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LOL, thanks BUT no thanks! "Someone forgot to tell Apple that all the new screens are 16:9 and not 3:4."

"No one expects the Apple Inquisition"!

Posted by: Joe Peach | Mar 23, 2011 4:34:15 PM

Haven't had an issue with any of the cables I've bought from here http://www.monoprice.com why stop at a 9' hdmi cable

Posted by: gravynsh | Mar 23, 2011 11:04:33 AM

Someone forgot to tell Apple that all the new screens are 16:9 and not 3:4

Posted by: thanks BUT no thanks | Mar 23, 2011 4:13:17 AM

Just hooked mine up. Will do wonders in demoing apps to people.

Posted by: Virginia | Mar 22, 2011 11:51:22 PM

Most Android tablets have HDMI built-in! Plus expandable memory slots, plus USB socket, plus flash support.... and they're free from having to suckle on the teat of iTunes.

Posted by: Fred | Mar 22, 2011 11:21:41 PM

It is limited to the second gen iPad. Regular Apple component-out / analog-out adaptors work - but they do not support HD + 5.1 audio as does the HDMI standard.

Husband has disconnected this iPad from the Receiver/ TV and is writing his experience up from the treadmill.

Posted by: Lawlibrarian | Mar 22, 2011 9:11:32 PM

Silly me - I have that adaptor and am waiting for the iPad 2. Assumed that the HDMI out was limited to the new iPad.

Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Mar 22, 2011 7:46:41 PM

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