I got an email last night from a reader that was pretty darn cool. It’s a tip that I think you might enjoy quite a bit and it will even save you some money. Jai from Australia was kind enough to share how he was able to turn his iPad into an Apple TV. Effectively eliminating the need to buy a dedicated Apple TV and save a little.
How To Turn Your iPad Into An Apple TV
Here is how he did it. If you have an older TV that is not HDMI capable and you also do not have one of the older Apple TV’s which supported multiple ways to connect to older TV’s then you can do this instead:
- Hook up your iPad or iPad to to your TV with the Composite AV Cable kit which will cost around $48 depending on the deals you can find
- Turn on Home Sharing on your iMac, PC, or Laptop. Here is an article on how to use iPad iOS 4.3 Home Sharing
Now just make sure that your iPad is also participating in Home Sharing and you should be able to “see” your movies, music, and videos that are all stored on your Mac, PC or Laptop. But the best part is that you can now show this via the Composite cable on your TV.
Essentially, you have now saved time and money surfing around for an original Apple TV and you can enjoy all the same benefits for less than $50.