Using a digital A/V adapter and an HDMI cable, you can make a wired connection to your HDTV. Using an Apple® TV™ set-top box and AirPlay functionality, you can create a wireless connection. Both setups will allow you to view a variety of movies, videos and photo slideshows, stream music and more on your HDTV.
How can I connect my Apple® product using a wired connection?
Apple offers a digital A/V adapter that works with products like the 4th-generation iPod® touch, iPhone 4®, iPad® and iPad 2® (these are devices that have an iOS, Apple's mobile operating system).
The digital A/V adapter basically gives you an HDMI port on your iOS device and allows you to connect to an HDTV using an HDMI cable. Once the connection is made, your content will be mirrored between your iOS device and your HDTV, while you maintain full control using your iOS device.
For the iPad 2®, whatever you can display on it will appear on your HDTV with a resolution up to 1080p, except for movie playback, which can display up to 720p. You can even play video games quite successfully with this setup, as you use the iPad2® as your controller, while you watch on the HDTV.
For the original iPad®, iPod touch® and iPhone®, only slideshows or video-enabled apps like Netflix (subscription required), YouTube or your stored videos can be displayed. These devices support movie playback and any streaming content up to 720p.
How can I connect my Apple® product wirelessly?
For those of you with an Apple® TV™ set-top box (2nd generation), you can use the AirPlay functionality built into your iPad®, iPod® touch and iPhone® (these are devices that have an iOS, Apple's mobile operating system).
Simply connect your Apple® TV™ and iOS device to the same network device, connect your Apple® TV™ to your HDTV via HDMI cable, enable AirPlay on your iOS device's screen, and everything you do on your iPad®, iPod touch® and iPhone® will be mirrored on your HDTV.
Wirelessly play movies and home videos, view photos and video-enabled apps on your HDTV screen. Wirelessly stream your music collection, as well as music services like Pandora, over your HDTV speakers, speakers connected to an AirPort Express, or any AirPlay-enabled speakers.
Please remember to have the latest firmware and software when using AirPlay for the best possible experience. This includes the latest iOS for your iPad®, iPod touch® and iPhone®, as well as the latest firmware for your Apple® TV™ or Apple® AirPort Express.