Why Apple’s iPad supports VGA video output

“Apple’s new iPad debuts a new VGA-style video output option, a first for the company’s mobile device lineup,” Daniel Eran Dilger reports for AppleInsider.

“Like the existing iPhone and iPod touch, the iPad can output video via the same composite or component video cables to present standard definition, analog video with roughly 480 lines of resolution,” Dilger reports. “The iPad’s new VGA-connector option delivers PC style video at the device’s native 1024×768 resolution. Existing iPhone and iPod models won’t work with the new VGA cable, as they aren’t designed to support higher resolution outputs than they can display.”

Dilger reports, “The iPad gets the new VGA output option primarily to support video projectors, which will allow business users to present Keynote presentations directly from the device.”

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23 Comments

  1. And I can’t listen to Pandora while watching spankwire since there’s no flash or multitasking?

    What the hell am I supposed to do if I can’t masturbate while listening to obscure electronica bands?

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  3. “The iPad gets the new VGA output option primarily to support video projectors, which will allow business users to present Keynote presentations directly from the device.”

    not only business users. i’m sure there will be plenty of academics who will like this feature, instead of having to connect their mac laptops to a projector.

  4. I am intending to buy this, but for projectors, 1024 x 768 is well below the current standards. It’s not likely the GPU won’t support 1080p, so something higher than this should have been offered, if just to have text come out sharper.

  5. 90% of corpo office presentation suite are build with projectors with a native XGA resolution with a VGA connector. This market will embrace the iPad since it is ready for it.

    DVI and higher resolution will come mainstream. Apple can already adapt with its “Mini DisplayPort”.

    This keep the cost down a little…

    I will buy a iPad…

  6. Gee, why in the world would Apple release a product that’s Dock Connector will continue to support hundreds of already existing accessories?

    I don’t like VGA, but it makes perfect sense for Apple to make the iPad as compatible as possible with existing iOS products.

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