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HD Mirroring: Apple’s Best iPad 2 Eye-Opener

HD Mirroring: Apple’s Best iPad 2 Eye-Opener

Those of you that watched Apple’s iPad 2 keynote in it’s entirety may have noticed that Apple has introduced a really cool new feature: HD Mirroring. The feature requires a newly released AV adapter and is compatible with the iPad, iPhone 4, and the latest iPod Touch, and enables you to view anything that you can display on your iDevice’s screen directly on your television. Why is this important? We discuss a few reasons below:

Apple TV Without The Apple TV

With HDMI mirroring comes the ability to project any app onto the big screen. Combined with AirPlay and the new iTunes Home Sharing, this essentially turns your iPhone, iPod, or iPad into the ultimate home theater device! You can access your entire iTunes library, and perhaps most crucially, access all of your apps (such as Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, etc) on your television! Sure, the fact that the iPad isn’t 16*9 is a damper, but I’m quite sure someone will come up with a clever solution for displaying things in 16*9 from your iPad.

Big Screen HD Gaming

Who needs a dedicated game console any more? With the ability to run any number of amazing games from the App Store, such as Need For Speed, Infinity Blade, and so forth (which both look amazing, by the way), why would you spend hundreds of dollars on a device that ONLY does games well, when $500 will net you a device that does TONS of things well.

Demonstrations, Meetings, and Education

HDMI mirroring enables the iPad to connect to any HDMI-enabled projector or monitor, essentially enabling you to run presentations and more from your iPad. Educators could also use this as an interactive sketch pad similar to a white board – any notes a teacher takes on their iPad could be visible on a projector or TV screen. It’d also be great for demonstrations – want to show all your friends the app you created, or even just watch a movie with some friends at your house? Now all such things are made incredibly easy and hassle-free.

Enhanced Document Editing

If you like the idea of using the iPad to edit documents, but you strain to read words on the iPad’s small screen, plugging your iPad into a monitor and using an external keyboard might just be the answer – now you can see your documents, presentations, and more on a much larger display – this could make a world of difference for those that use their iDevice for productivity.


The iPad 2 and iOS 4.3 have really introduced a lot of wonderful possibilities with this feature alone. If anyone was on the fence before, this would be a fantastic reason to be pushed over the edge. I applaud Apple for making this available, and for making it as simple and efficient as all Apple solutions are.

  1. Ryan says:

    How will you play games while looking up at the tv? Some would work; many others wouldn't. You need to look at the iPad for precision touching on many games. Don't predict the end of consoles just yet.

  2. ttt says:

    Mirroring *anything* from device compatible only with new iPad, not the older devices

  3. paulmwatson says:

    Very glad they released this cable but it's not much of an Apple TV replacement (need an iPhone to remote control the iPad, and the Apple TV costs $99 not $599) and I don't see games etc. working well because of the cable. Wireless would be very good. Good for presentations for sure.

  4. Usama says:

    Nothing fancy hear, but if it just transmit the frames wirelessly, and sell us a wireless receiver gadget instead, now that is Fancy, and the consoles is a dedicated device!, you don't see a teacher teach all stuff in the same goodness.

  5. antar says:

    Zune HD has been doing this since 2009. What's the big deal?

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