One of the new features of the iPad 2 is “mirroring”. This provides the ability for the iPad to mirror (i.e duplicate) it’s output to an external display device such as a monitor, a projector or TV. The image below shows my iPad 2 connected to a 23″ monitor. The iPad’s Home Screen is displayed on the monitor as well as the iPad itself.

iPad Home Screen

Video Out

Although this functionality is available on the first generation iPad, on iPad 1 the support for “video out” (as many people call it) is provided by individual apps, and not all apps support it, whereas with iPad 2, the support is provided by the iPad which means that the output of all apps, as well as the Home screen, can be displayed on an external display.

Delivering a Presentation

One of the main uses of video out and mirroring in a work/business environment is delivering a presentation. Hook up the iPad to a projector or large TV screen (many of our meeting/conference rooms have replaced projectors with TV screens) and run the presentation on the iPad.

The latest version of Keynote (Apple’s presentation app) allows you to display your presenter notes and/or upcoming slide on the iPad whilst the actual presentation is displayed on the external display device. Keynote supports video out which means you can do this on both iPad 1 and iPad 2.

I’ll be covering this in more detail in another blog post.

Sharing Ideas

Another app that supports video out is Adobe Ideas, a sketchbook-type app that can be used for capturing ideas in graphical form. In the image below, it is running on the iPad 1 and displaying the sketch/diagram (without the app’s drawing palette) on the monitor.

Adobe Ideas

Another app that I use for organising ideas is Corkulous. This doesn’t support video out, however, by connecting my iPad 2 up to an external display (see the image below), i can share my ideas with colleagues without us all having to cram round an iPad.

Corkulous

Playtime

Of course, all work and no play makes Mike a dull boy so I thought I’d check out how Garageband looks on an external monitor:

Zero Configuration

Whether you have an iPad 1 or iPad 2, to display the iPad’s output on an external display, simply connect the iPad to the display device using an appropriate adapter. One end of the adapter plugs into the iPad’s 30-pin connector (the one that you connect the charger to) and the other end plugs into the external device. That’s it. There is nothing to configure.

VGA or HDMI?

iPad VGA Connector

iPad 2 supports a VGA adapter and an HDMI adapter, but iPad 1 only supports the VGA adapter. If, like me, you already have a VGA adapter that you used with iPad 1, the good news is that it will work with iPad 2.

The VGA adapter allows you to connect the iPad to a VGA-equipped TV, monitor or projector. You can purchase a VGA adapter from your local Apple Store or online here: http://store.apple.com/uk/product/MC552ZM/A?fnode=MTc0MjU4NjE&mco=MjE2MzE2MDc.

If you have an HDMI-compatible display device (monitor, TV or projector), you can use the HDMI adapter instead. The HDMI adapter has 2 connectors on it – one for the display device and one for charging the iPad, so you’ll never have to worry about running out of battery power in the middle of your presentation or demo.

iPad HDMI Adapter