I love to share the basics of tech to show what you can get done quickly and easily with tablets(like the iPad), smart phones and PCs from the point of view of someone who has vision difficulties as I am legally blind. I avoid "geek speak" as I share the great things you can get done with new technology. It is more important to get things done with tech than the tech itself.
Want to show photos or home made videos from your iPad on your TV? Here's how.
I know of three methods but I've only tried two. The first two methods require a type of connector made by Apple. The las use the Apple TV device. NOTE: I am assuming the TV is somewhat new--no more than 5 years old and has a VGA (video graphics array) and/or HDMI(high definition multimedia interface) ports.
Apple Digital HDMI Adapter and an HDMI cable
Apple VGA Adapter and a VGA cable
Wirelessly using an Apple TV device
Apple Digital AV Adapter. $39.00 Pt your slides, movies, photos, and everything else that fills your iPad or iPhone 4S screen on an even bigger screen — your HDTV. The Apple Digital AV Adapter mirrors exactly what you see on iPad or iPhone 4S so that everyone in the room can enjoy it on your wide screen TV, video projection screen, or other HDMI-compatible display.*
The Apple Digital AV Adapter also supports video out for iPad, iPhone 4, or iPod touch (4th generation). Requires a HDMI (high definition multimedia interface) cable which can be purchased from a consumer electronics store or on-line.
NOTE: Sound DOES go to the the TV.
Put your slides, movies, photos, and everything else that fills your iPad or iPhone 4S screen on an even bigger screen — a VGA-equipped TV, monitor, or external projector for video mirroring. The Apple VGA Adapter mirrors exactly what you see on your screen so that everyone in the room can enjoy it.
The Apple VGA Adapter supports video mirroring on iPad 2 or later and iPhone 4S; and video out (only) on iPad (1st generation), iPhone 4, or iPod touch (4th generation). Request a VGA cable. $29.00 from the Apple Store. VGA cable can be obtained at any electronics or video store or on-line.
NOTE: Sound does NOT go to the TV.
The last method I am aware of is to use the Apple TV. I don't own an Apple TV device and have no experience with it.
Watch 1080p HD movies and TV shows from iTunes. Play Netflix, YouTube and other videos. Enjoy your music and photos from iCloud. Stream from your iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch devices (iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch) via AirPlay. It features high speed Wi-Fi and an Apple Remote.