The iPad 2 has some great new accessories you can get such as the Smart Cover and the new Apple iPad dock. But none of these is as impressive as the new iPad 2 Digital AV Adapter. This was a welcome addition to the line of iPad accessories and was one of the most requested features of the current iPad. Here’s what it is and some great ways to use it.
The iPad 2 Digital AV Adapter
Before we dive into the usage of the iPad 2 digital AV adapter, lets first define what this thing is and how to use it. The new Apple AV Digital Adapter for the iPad allows you to do something called video mirroring. What’s that, you say? Video mirroring is really simple actually. It means that anything you see and do on your iPad screen can be seen on a large screen TV or via a projector. Just one plug and you are projecting your iPad 2′s screen for everyone to see.
This works for every app, web page, presentation, video, movie, or photo you want to to off to a big or small audience. If it’s on the screen of your iPad, then it can be seen by everyone.
You could use this for the following situations:
- Training Seminar
- School Lessons
- Keynote Presentation
- iPad 2 Training
- Showing off iMovies
- Showing off your Photos
- Watching Movies
The Digital AV Adapter plugs into your iPad 2 30-pin dock connector and has two ports. One is for keeping your iPad 2 charged and the other is an HDMI-out port. The HDMI-out port is what you will plug into your TV or an HDMI-supported projector. There are no settings to tinker with or configurations to figure out. And the adapter even works with audio. So it’s easy to focus on what you’re about to show the room. One end plugs into the 30-pin connector on iPad, the other end plugs into your HDMI cable. And the cable plugs into your HDTV, projector, or other HDMI-friendly screens you use. There’s also a second 30-pin connector to USB cable so you can charge your iPad.
This is different than the current AV connector being sold. That adapter only sends video out from supported apps and it will not work to show your actual iPad screen. The new adapter literally projects you entire iPad 2 screen and thus anything you launch (apps, music, movies, photos, etc.) will be seen by everyone.
Now imagine this. You could use this with the new Facetime app and see your friends or family on the large screen.
Or imagine you are doing some training and you want to have an expert lend some advice. You open Facetime and ring him/her up and voila – there’s your expert right there talking and everyone can see it!
How about a school project? Have your kids shoot a bunch of video with the iPad 2. Now have them edit that video with the iMovie app on the iPad 2. Give them the iPad 2 and the AV Digital Adapter to take to school and they give one of the best presentations ever seen.
There are so many great ways you can think outside the box and use the new iPad 2 AV Digital Adapter. This is going to be one amazing accessory that will get a ton of use nearly immediately.
There has also been some question as to weather this adapter will work with the current iPad and it should work with it since it does also work with the iPhone 4.
So how could you use the new iPad 2 Digital AV Adapter?