Your iPad is capable of a multitude of useful functions – from picking out constellations in the night sky, to becoming a second monitor for your computer. It’s also a great tool for sharing information and making presentations at meetings. With the aid of accessories and apps, connecting your iPad to a projector or external screen such as a TV is simple. Below we’ll show you a few great ways to connect your iPad and get your information on the big screen.
With an adapter
Just as you’re able to hook your computer up to a projector with a VGA or HDMI cable, you can do the exact same with your iPad. All you need to do is purchase an adapter for your device. These can be easily purchased in Apple stores, online, or in most retail outlets that sell Apple products. There are two types of adapters you can purchase – the VGA adapter, which will connect your iPad to a projector or TV with a VGA cable, or an AV adapter, which will connect your iPad to a projector or TV with an HDMI cable.
Before purchasing your adapter you must make note of two things – one, which type of input cable the projector or TV in question uses (some have both VGA and HDMI, but many use one or the other), and two, what type of connector your iPad has. All 4th generation and later iPads (including all iPad minis) use the newer, slimmer lightning connector, whereas previous iPads use the original 30 pin connector.
Once you have this information, it should be easy to select the adapter you require. Another thing to keep in mind is whether or not you need sound for your presentation. HDMI cables carry audio and video, so as long as your projector or TV has speakers, you should be okay. If, however, you need to use a VGA cable, you’ll have to connect sound to external speakers with the headphone jack on your iPad (you’ll also have to do this if your projector or TV doesn’t have speakers).
AppleTV is a small black box that Apple makes to connect Mac and iOS devices such as the iPad to televisions using AirPlay (available on iPad 2s and later), which is a wireless connection that essentially allows you to stream the content from your iPad to your TV, or if you require, a projector. It also allows device mirroring, enabling you to see whatever is on the screen of your iPad on your TV.
The benefit of using AppleTV instead of a cable to connect your iPad is that it allows you to keep your iPad wireless. If you don’t want to be tethered to your TV or projector during your presentation, especially if you want to be able to move around freely, then this is a great option. However using this connection will require a wireless network in your meeting room. Also, the AppleTV requires an HDMI connection, so it won’t be compatible with VGA projectors.
AppleTV retails for £99.
With an app
Reflector is an app, downloadable to your Windows or Mac computer, which acts as a receiver for AirPlay, allowing you to mirror the screen of your iPad onto your computer screen. At $12.99 USD (Approx. £8 GBP) it’s quite inexpensive. Once the app is installed on your computer, you simply need to open control centre on your iPad, select AirPlay, and then find your computer on the list of available devices. Once connected you’ll be able to see your iPad mirroring on your computer screen. Now if you want to use it for a presentation, you just need to hook your computer up to your TV or projector as normal and you’re good to go. Just remember that like with the AppleTV, a wireless network is required in your meeting room.
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