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Displaying your iPad on your Tv (In real time)?

Discussion in 'iPad 3 Forum' started by Effex, Apr 24, 2012.

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    Greetings,

    I have recently bought an iPad 3rd Gen. and one of the things I am trying to do with it is use it to display children's educational materiel on the television.

    I know that Apple Tv takes care of wireless movie/music streaming, but would it also allow me to use my Tv as a projection for things like: drawing on the iPad, using apps, etc?

    Another solution I've come across is getting a dock-to-HDMI adapter, but the ones I've found online were rated poorly due to Tv's often not even recognizing that there is an iPad connected..

    Is there another solution? Can Apple Tv provide the function that I am looking for? I am hoping that someone here has already found a reliable solution to what I am trying to do, and can share some insight.

    Thank you!
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    Apple TV will mirror whatever you're doing on the iPad 3. I think it's the easiest solution.
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    Agreed with above, I use my Apple TV all the time. The mirroring function works great for everything you do on your iPad but if you have apps that are airplay capable it works and looks even better.
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    I use both methods and am desperately waiting for a jailbreak to come out so that I can install a Cydia app that will allow me to stretch the sides of the screen out without losing the top and the bottom of the screen off the TV. Basically the app turns the iPad's display into a 16X9 instead of a 4X3 and it looks good!
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    Whats the app called?
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    It is TVOut2
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    It will look distorted. I don't understand why you would want this. I'd rather have a one-to-one mapping of my screen to TV rather than having is stretched in one dimension but not in the other. To each his or her own.
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    It has looked very good actually! And what is cool about the app is that you have total control and very fine tuning so you stretch it exactly how far you want it stretched. All I know is that Android tabs have got this part right and it's about time for Apple to wake up.

    I keep an Android device for 1 purpose and that is so that when I plug into larger wide screen TVs (which is frequently) my audience gets 100% of the screen and not just 65-70% that Apple offers.
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    Just a note if you are talking about educational content in a school environment where the wireless might be stretched thin you may experience some lag.
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    I'm not. This is on my home TV and at work as well and I haven't tried it on Apple TV but know that it works great on the HDMI out cable. I haven't tried it on the Apple TV because I haven't been Jailbroken since owning it!
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    I am in Aq_oc's camp. I prefer my content be displayed in the aspect it was intended. It is a 4:3ish display. If I tried to force a 16:9 all of the images will be distorted just like they are if you do it with normal TV. It is like looking into a funhouse mirror. Some people can live with it, some people even like it, I can't stand it.
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    Don't most tv's have various functions to play with the image? Mine has full, justify ( like what you describe), zoom and stretch.

    Furthermore if those don't work I can customize the display for one input.
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    I wish mine did. All I have is a zoom button to give me normal,wide,cinema and if I choose anything other than normal I get the top and bottom of the iPad screen chopped off. I own the insignia 46" TV from Best Buy. And on that TV in normal mode I lose right at 40% of the screen viewing area.
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    With a 46" screen you have plenty of screen space to see the iPad 4:3 area.
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    It's ok I'll figure it out. All I know is that with my iPad I get roughly a 30" picture and with my Android tablet I get a full 46" picture. That is the bottom line. Pardon me for suggesting that it would be nice to get the extra 16 inches. Until a jailbreak comes out I'll keep my Android tablet just for this reason. Anyway I'll shut up now as I must be the only person on this entire forum who doesn't like the 4x3.
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    You are the only one making a big issue of it, but that's ok. You like what you like. I don't see the big deal as I don't have my tablet outputting to my TV that much (I have a 42 and a 67 and what is see on either is fine)...I mainly use a projector and almost all of them are 4:3. And I have two android tablets and frankly, I wish they both had 4:3 screens. The only Android tablet I know that has a 4:3 is the le pan 2 and it is a rather cheap knock off.
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    Good deal. Like they say... to each his own. I bet things look great on the 67" Yes I know I have issues!!!
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    IMO, we all have issues! :)
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    You obviously haven't met my wife! :rolleyes:

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