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Connecting an iPad to an external display

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When Apple demonstrates a new iOS device, an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad, someone from the company waltzes out on stage and projects the iPad's entire interface to the crowd. You see the Home screen, the Settings screen, apps launching, apps quitting, presentations presented, and so on. For the first year of the iPad's life, mere mortals weren't allowed to do this. You can use an expensive cable to connect the iPad to a TV and watch videos from Apple's YouTube and videos apps, but that was about it. Thanks to the iPad 2, that's all changed.

Connecting an iPad to an external display

When Apple demonstrates a new iOS device, an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad, someone from the company waltzes out on stage and projects the iPad's entire interface to the crowd. You see the Home screen, the Settings screen, apps launching, apps quitting, presentations presented, and so on. For the first year of the iPad's life, mere mortals weren't allowed to do this. You can use an expensive cable to connect the iPad to a TV and watch videos from Apple's YouTube and videos apps, but that was about it. Thanks to the iPad 2, that's all changed.

Now with the correct adapter, you can display every bit of video offered by the iPad. This is an invaluable feature for people who want to use their iPads for teaching, demos, and presentations, where they need to show iPad features outside of Keynote. And if you like playing iPad games on the big screen, this is the way to do it. Two adapters support full video output of the iPad 2: Apple's $29 AV adapter and its digital AV adapter, which costs $39.

As you'd expect, the VGA adapter supports VGA video connection, the kind found on all projectors and most computer monitors. The digital AV adapter includes an HDMI port, which you find on all of today's HD TVs and many new projectors. The VGA adapter doesn't support audio output. If you want to broadcast the iPad's audio signal, you can either use AirPlay or a wired connection from the iPad's headphone port. The AV adapter supports video as well as audio.

There is no setup involved; simply attach one end of the compatible cable, HDMI or VGA, to a TV or projector and the other end to the adapter, and then plug the adapter into your iPad. And we'll do that now. I'll take my iPad. I have an HDMI cable right here, and I'll plug that into the adapter. I then plug the adapter into the bottom of the iPad, and in short order the video will appear on the monitor behind me.

Now you can also plug the adapter into the back of the dock and leave the iPad in the dock as well. If you don't see video on the attached TV or projector, press the Home button and video should appear. And there's our video. You can go right through your iPad just as you do normally. At this point, I'll show you what a terrible Angry Birds player I am. Yep, I am terrible.

In addition to there being no audio output from the VGA adapter, there is one additional difference. You can't project protected videos using the VGA adapter. This means that if you rent or purchase a TV show, movie, or music video from the iTunes store, you'll be told you can't play it over the VGA adapter. This is a copy-protection measure. You can, however, play this content perfectly well with the HDMI adapter, and you can because a copy protection scheme called HDCP that prevents copying is already part of the hardware connection.

I should also stress that full projection of the iPad's interface is supported only by the iPad 2. While you can project selected content from an iPad 1, the videos, YouTube apps, as well as some third-party players such as Netflix, and Hulu, you can't project the entire interface on a first-generation iPad.

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iPad Tips and Tricks

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  1. 1m 0s
    1. Welcome
      1m 0s
  2. 23m 31s
    1. Taking advantage of Siri
      5m 42s
    2. Syncing photos with Photo Stream
      7m 54s
    3. Finding the way with Apple Maps
      9m 55s
  3. 1h 12m
    1. Touching the iPad
      8m 39s
    2. Setting the rotation lock/mute toggle switch
      1m 40s
    3. Multitasking
      2m 42s
    4. Using the virtual keyboard
      11m 53s
    5. Using gestures to work faster
      1m 43s
    6. Understanding iTunes and the iPad
      6m 31s
    7. Syncing info to the iPad
      3m 31s
    8. Wireless updating and syncing
      2m 24s
    9. Syncing media files to the iPad
      5m 28s
    10. Syncing data with iCloud
      9m 8s
    11. Using iTunes Match to keep music updated on multiple devices
      6m 43s
    12. Troubleshooting
      6m 29s
    13. Using Notification Center
      6m 7s
  4. 15m 12s
    1. Using the App Store to download apps
      9m 56s
    2. Managing apps
      5m 16s
  5. 26m 43s
    1. Configuring peripherals
      6m 43s
    2. Printing with an iPad
      1m 48s
    3. Understanding accessibility on the iPad
      7m 3s
    4. Childproofing the iPad
      5m 39s
    5. Managing Location Services
      5m 30s
  6. 28m 58s
    1. Configuring email accounts
      9m 5s
    2. Organizing email
      3m 44s
    3. Dealing with spam
      6m 33s
    4. iMessage
      5m 32s
    5. Configuring Twitter and sending Twitter updates from multiple apps
      4m 4s
  7. 39m 49s
    1. Connecting an iPad to an external display
      3m 32s
    2. Creating iPad presentations with Keynote
      8m 37s
    3. Creating iPad presentations with third-party apps
      6m 45s
    4. Controlling a computer remotely with an iPad
      8m 7s
    5. Keeping to-do lists synchronized
      4m 5s
    6. Managing and editing files with third-party apps
      8m 43s
  8. 16m 38s
    1. Taking pictures and movies
      3m 50s
    2. Editing and sharing movies
      6m 3s
    3. Video conferencing with FaceTime
      4m 33s
    4. Taking fun pictures with Photo Booth
      2m 12s
  9. 32m 16s
    1. Preparing audio and video files for the iPad
      7m 28s
    2. Using AirPlay to stream video and audio wirelessly to an external display
      3m 28s
    3. Using Home Sharing
      2m 18s
    4. Streaming media to an iPad
      7m 5s
    5. Copying media from an iPad to a computer
      5m 15s
    6. Importing and editing photos
      6m 42s
  10. 32s
    1. Conclusion
      32s

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