Yesterday, market the launch of the new iPad 2 tablet from Apple and the thing is really cool. Along with the new iPad came a few new accessories and one of the cooler ones is the Apple Digital AV Adapter. This thing is one of the little accessories that many iPad users have wanted since the tablet came out.
The cool part is that the adapter isn’t only for the iPad 2, it will also work with the iPad, iPhone 4, and the fourth generation iPod touch. This nifty little accessory isn’t cheap (nothing from Apple is) at $39, but it will does something that a bunch of you will really appreciate. You plug the little adapter into the charge sync port on your supported gadget and it shoots whatever is on the screen of your device out to a TV or other display using HDMI on the iPad 2 and will shoot video and photos out on the other devices.
Apple doesn't include the HDMI cable with the adapter, but any old HDMI cable will work. The other thin port you see on the adapter is another charge/sync port that will allow you to shoot video content out to your big screen and charge your iPad or iPhone 4 at the same time. The adapter is designed with the iPad 2's improved specifications in mind.
With the iPad 2, the adapter supports up to 1080p resolution content. If you plug it into any of the other devices, you only get up to 720p. Unless you are on a really big screen the difference in 1080p and 720p for most people is negligible.
So the adapter sounds interesting, but what can you do with it? Well you can pop thing onto your iPad and then fire up Hulu Plus and shoot that content out to your TV in the living room. The downside is that the cable is so short it will undoubtedly be across the room from you meaning if you need to pause of fast forward content for some reason you will be walking across the room to do so.
This is nothing like AirPlay that is meant to stream music wirelessly throughout you home. This device is for the video and audio signals from your screen only. If you have things like music videos on your phone it will handle the video and audio content, but you have to connect the adapter to your device and then to the TV with an HDMI cable. The adapter also allows you to mirror whatever you see on the iPad 2 out to a larger screen. That means that the new iPad 2 with this adapter can be used by the businessperson to give presentations with any projector packing HDMI, which is just about all of them today.