This document describes how to project to an external monitor or to a projector using an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch.
Projecting from an iOS device other than the iPad 2 or the iPhone 4S (or later) is unfortunately more difficult than it should be. In addition to iOS software limitations, there is a hardware requirement of a special cable, and even the cable is specific to the type of iOS device in use.
- Order the correct VGA adapter cable for your iOS device from the Apple Store.
- Connect the VGA adapter to your iOS device and to the Projector or external monitor.
- On the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4S, you will see the entire screen projected. In other iOS devices (iPhone 4 or earlier, iPod touch, iPad 1) you must select an app that supports Projection (see below).
Projection from iOS devices other than the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4S and later
- On iOS devices other than the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4S, not all apps can project. Apple has restricted video-out to the following limited list of standard apps: Videos, Photos (slideshow playback only), YouTube, Keynote, Safari (video content on webpages). Please understand that projection (ie. video-out) is software-dependent! It is up to iOS app developers to build video-out support into their third party apps.
- If you need to project a web site, the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S will do it through Safari. On other iOS devices, you may want to try the paid Atomic Web Browser app, which supports video-out. The Atomic Web Browser app is available from the App Store.
- Apple's document explaining the options and limitations: iOS: About Apple AV Adapter compatibility.
- Apple's document giving an overview of the video adapter options, specifically for TVs that have component, composite or S-Video inputs: iPhone, iPad, iPod: TV out support.
Projection from an iOS device using an HDMI adapter
iPads (other iOS devices not tested), do not seem to fill the entire height or width of the screen when using an HDMI adapter. See Projection from an iOS device using an HDMI adapter