Ipad to VGA
In order to present with my iPad 4, I swallowed hard and paid the $50 to buy the new iPad 4 VGA Adapter. I used to try to mirror wirelessly for presentations (via Reflector on my MacBook), but that has been problematic, even when I have been using my own MacBook generated Ad-Hoc network. So to avoid mirroring issues, I bought the adapter, and control the presentation from my iPhone (with Apple’s Keynote Remote). I have been surprised to learn that there are some benefits of using this adapter, even at the steep cost.
If you ever used the old 30-pin dongle, the slightest bump would make it fall out. The lightning cable snaps in securely and won’t fall out. This might be worth the extra money alone.
The new VGA adapter allows you to plug in your lightning USB cord to power your iPad during a presentation. You couldn’t do that with the old 30 pin VGA adapter.
Here’s the biggest surprise: I have a 16:10 SMART Board at school. When I project via an Apple TV or Reflector, my iPad appears in 4:3 format. This is to be expected. I plugged my iPad into the VGA cable at school the first time last week (again, I usually use AirPlay to be wireless), and the iPad image stretches to the full 16:10 of the screen (landscape orientation, of course). I’ve tried this numerous times, and this is a new function of the VGA Adapter cable. Sight reading can get small while wirelessly mirroring to the screen in 4:3….so I’m looking forward to seeing how my students do with a 16:10 image. Has anyone else mentioned this new feature?