I love using my iPad 2 with my large HDTV for everything from games to video to surfing the Web, but the ungainly weight and bulk of Apple’s Digital AV Adapter ($39) plus up to two cords hanging off that is not an optimal setup for longterm use.
Until Apple figures out a way to cut the cord, I at least wanted a way to streamline the setup, so in order to get the weight and bulkiness of Apple’s Digital AV Adapter away from the iPad 2,
I found the dockXtender, a 30-pin Male to 30-pin Female Dock Extender Cable. Unfortunately, they’re no longer making the custom (up to 14-foot) cables), so the longest is only is 6 feet long (US$25.95). The 6-foot dockXtender still achieves the goal since the Apple Digital AV Adapter and power wires will at least be on the floor, not hanging off the iPad 2, but it’s still a bit messier than it has to be.
UPDATE: April 6, 2011, 10:58am: Scratch that, the dockXtender cable doesn’t work with Apple’s Digital AV Adapter. We’re still looking for a working solution [MacDailyNews Ed.]
Does anyone know of a longer 30-pin Male to 30-pin Female Dock Extender Cable that’s available today? If so, please let me know!
The best solution would be a short HDMI cable that stays behind the TV along with the plug that powers/charges iPad 2 (a second 30-pin connector built into the Apple Digital AV Adapter lets you charge and sync your device while it’s connected to your HDMI-compatible display). With a longer 30-pin extension cable and a short HDMI cable, the only thing coming out from behind the TV to iPad 2 would the nice, clean extender cable that users can wind up and hide away when not in use. Why Apple doesn’t make such a cable is beyond me.
Someday, hopefully sooner than later, people will come across this article and laugh at a time when we needed ways to better deal with wires between our iPads and our big screen TVs!
SteveJack is a long-time Macintosh user, web designer, multimedia producer and a regular contributor to the MacDailyNews Opinion section.