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Connect an iPod, iPhone, or iPad to your TVWith the right hardware, you can connect your iOS device to the big screen and play videos, music, and sometimes even games. Sharon Vaknin shows you how.
-Hi, I'm Sharon Vaknin with the CNET How To. If you've been wondering how to connect your IOS device to your TV, now is the good time to try it out. Getting a crowd to huddle around an iPhone could get a little awkward. So, here's how to share a movie, show a presentation, or even play a game on the big screen. Apple has a few cords and adaptors, but which one should you use? you wanna pick the one that will give you the most bang for your buck and that's what I'm here for. You might have heard of Apple's new HD my adaptor. It mirrors exactly what you seen here on your iPad too unto your TV. It is an adaptor, so, you will need your own HDMI cord, but once you're there everything can be mirrored in 1080p, except movies, they are mirrored in 720p. Games have huge potential for this set up. I tried Real Racing HD, which worked great because you don't have to look at the iPad and the TV at the same time. Other games like Angry Birds are less practical on the big screen. Unless you are showing off to a big group of people. This cord can also be use with the iPad, iPhone 4 and 4th generation iPod touch, but you will only be able to play slide shows and some applications with video like Youtube, Netflex, or movies you saved on your iPod. Apple's digital AV adaptor routes your display in the highest quality, but if you have an older device or you don't have an HDMI-ready TV, try the component cable. It won't do mirroring, but you can play slide shows and videos in 480p or 480i. If you need to do a power point presentation, save the slices images, sync them to your library and play the photos as a slide show. If you have an older TV without HDMI or component inputs, you can use Apple's composite cable. Like the component cable, you will only be able to play video apps that support it. Once you picked the right cable, just connect your device to your TV and picked the input source. When you play the media on your device, it will show up on your screen. Apple TV owners can use the airplay feature and avoid cables all together. Connect your device the same WiFi network as your Apple TV and select the video you want to watch. You will see a new airplay button, just tap it, select Apple TV, and it will start streaming. Word on the street is that we might see more applications become compatible with these display options. Rage HD is the only game I found that supports video out, but if you know of another, let me know. You can Tweet me at sharonvak. For CNET.com, I'm Sharon Vaknin and I will see you on the interwebs.