It was great to see Steve Jobs take the stage to announce the iPad 2. This new iPad is thinner, faster, lighter, comes with two cameras and a choice of two colors. iPad 2 keeps two of the best features of the first iPad, the price (starting at $499) and battery life (10 hours).
However, as an educator and presenter, my favorite new feature is video mirroring. If I read the specs correctly, I’ll now be able to use my current VGA adapter to connect to monitors or projectors to show exactly what I’m doing on the iPad. (Yes, I’m getting iPad 2 soon. After all, I do run a site and business called iPad Academy.) Last month I did two day long iPad Academy workshops, the first was an introduction to features and navigation and the second focused on educational applications. Though my iPevo P2V camera setup works well enough to project what I’m doing on the iPad
I found myself longing for the clarity and convenience of a direct display connection. This new iPad model arrived just in time too. Later this month I’ll be leading the third in my series of workshops. The topic? Presenting with the iPad. We’ll be exploring apps, accessories and settings that can help to reach and teach any audience. Looks like I’ll be adding some brand new content to what I’ve already planned. Apple also has a new Apple Digital AV Adapter to connect to HDTVs. For more on the new iPad 2, visit Apple’s iPad site or see this article by Jason O’Grady over at ZDNet.
UPDATE 2/3 – quote from a reliable Apple source…
“Video mirroring is a feature of iPad 2, not of iOS 4.3.”
So no mirroring on first generation iPad.