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Apple announces iPad HDMI cable, Smart Covers for iPad 2 (Updated)

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By Jesse Hollington

Social Media & Software Editor, iLounge
Published: Wednesday, March 2, 2011
News Categories: Apple, iPad Accessories

Apple today also announced two new accessories that will be available for the iPad 2. A new $39 HDMI video output cable will allow iPad users to connect their devices to an HDTV, providing not only support for displaying HD video content but also mirroring the iPad screen onto a TV, allowing any iPad application to be viewed on the larger screen, including support for both landscape and portrait orientation with no setup or configuration required.

A new Smart Covers accessory was also unveiled for the iPad 2, designed in tandem with the new model. The Smart Cover attaches to the glass screen using magnets built into the iPad 2 which can also detect when the cover is closed. The iPad 2 will be able to automatically sleep when closed, and wake when opened, and magnets will grab and auto-align the cover for easy attachment and removal. The cover also folds into a triangle to be used as a typing stand or video stand and includes a microfiber lining to clean the screen. The cover will be sold in five colours in either polyurethane or leather for $39 and $69 for each version, respectively.

Update: The new HDMI adapter, dubbed the “Apple Digital AV Adapter” has appeared on the Apple Store with a ship date of “Coming Soon.” The cable includes an HDMI port and a 30-pin Dock Connector port for charging the iPad while connected to a TV. The cable is compatible with the iPad, iPhone 4, fourth-generation iPod touch and iPad 2. The product page notes that display mirroring will only be available on the IPad 2.

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Comments

1

ah, but will it work with the old iPad?

Posted by mr_infamy on March 2, 2011 at 12:51 PM (PDT)

2

See the added notes above. Display mirroring appears to be a feature of the iPad 2 rather than iOS 4.3.  The cable will, however, work as a normal video-out cable for 720p output from the earlier devices, and will hopefully support HDCP to allow 720p output of iTunes Store HD content, unlike the VGA adapter.

Posted by Jesse Hollington in Toronto on March 2, 2011 at 1:27 PM (PDT)

3

Can someone please confirm whether the mirroring is an iOS 4.3 feature, or iPad 2 device-only feature?

Posted by Carlos Z. on March 2, 2011 at 6:53 PM (PDT)

4

I wonder if Apple intends to keep “Smart Covers” strictly proprietary or permit third party case makers to utilize Smart Cover features in their own products.

Posted by ML on March 2, 2011 at 7:46 PM (PDT)

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