Modern technology has made all aspects of life easier. Gone are the days when people had to rely on laptops for completing their tasks. Smart devices available from different brands today allow users to accomplish most, if not all, tasks without the need for laptops or computers. They enable people to send emails and give presentations. The devices can even connect with large displays like monitors and projectors.
Apple’s iPhone and iPads are popularly used by office goers, professionals and students alike for their work. These devices enable you to accomplish simple tasks without laptops. If you use these devices extensively, you may find yourself in a position wherein you have to connect your iPad or iPhone to a projector. Here are a few ways through which you can accomplish the same and eliminate the need to carry a laptop.
One of the easiest ways to connect your iPhone or iPad to a projector is by using audio-video adapters. Apple itself manufactures these adapters although they are also available from generic manufacturers. The adapters have a wire connector at one end that plugs into the iPhone or iPad. The other end of these adapters has an output port for the display cable of the projector.
The newer models of the iPhone and iPad have the lightning connector while the older ones have the 30-pin dock connector. AV adapters are available for both types of connectors respectively. You can check the connector on your iPhone or iPad and determine the type of adapter that you require. The lightning connector port has lesser width as compared to the 30-pin dock connector port.
The AV adapters can be classified into two types based on their output port.
Digital Adapters – Digital adapters have an HDMI output port that allows them to connect to a projector with an HDMI port. The HDMI port can transfer both audio and video using a single HDMI cable. These adapters also allow users to connect them to other devices like TVs and monitors also. Users whose projector have an HDMI input port can consider digital video adapters. Some projectors might have a DVI input port instead of an HDMI input port. The DVI port is also compatible with the HDMI port via an HDMI to DVI cable. However, DVI cable will not be able to support the audio signal.
VGA Adapters – Entry-level projectors especially older ones may have a VGA input port. These ports are different from HDMI ports and require a VGA cable and connector. VGA adapters allow users to connect an iPhone or an iPod to a projector or a device with a VGA input port. VGA ports only support the transmission of video signals. Users will have to use the stereo port for transmitting the audio signal via a separate cable.
Digital adapters support a higher resolution than VGA adapters and users can consider one of these adapters based on their requirements. There are different models of digital and VGA adapters available some of which support lightning connector while others support 30-pin dock connectors. You can buy an adapter depending on the connector of your phone. Apple’s proprietary Digital and VGA adapters allow users to charge their phones while they are connected to the projector.
While adapters present a great way to connect iPhones and iPods to projectors, they limit the mobility of the device. Users can only move their devices in a limited area while they are connected to the projector. It is due to the length of the cable that will connect the phone to the projector via the adapter.
Users who want to connect their iPhone or iPod to the projector without sacrificing mobility can consider the AirPlay feature in their iPhones and iPads. AirPlay is a proprietary feature in Apple devices that allows users to connect their iPhone or iPad wirelessly to the supported devices. Users can wirelessly stream audio, video and other media to the target device from their iPhone and iPods.
Devices that support AirPlay include Apple TVs, MacBook and a few projectors from different brands among others. All iPhone models including 4S and later, iPad models including iPad 2 and later, and iPad mini come with the AirPlay feature. These devices must have iOS 6 or later version for AirPlay capability.
Using AirPlay for displaying images is quite simple. You can click on the AirPlay icon in your iPhone or iPad and select the target device for displaying the image. Users can even mirror the screen of their handheld devices onto the projector screen. Both the projector and the iPhone or iPad must be connected to the same wireless network before they can be paired with the AirPlay utility.
JMGO J6S smart projector comes with inbuilt dual-band WiFi so you can directly connect your iPhone or iPad to it via WiFi for screen mirror.
There are a few alternative ways to connect iPhones and iPads to projectors.
Using the Apple TV To Connect To A Non-AirPlay Projector
Users who have a regular projector without AirPlay support but also own an Apple TV can connect their iPhone or iPad wirelessly to their Apple TV. Their handheld device and Apple TV both support AirPlay. They can then connect the HDMI input port of the projector to the HDMI output port of Apple TV via an HDMI cable. If the projector has a VGA port instead of the HDMI input port, then they can buy an adapter for converting HDMI to VGA.
Using Third-Party Devices
AirServer is a third-party receiver that allows users to connect their iPhones and iPads to the projectors via their computers. AirServer is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems. You can connect the receiver to a computer or a laptop which is connected to the projector. You can then connect a device such as an iPhone or an iPad to the computer wirelessly or via a USB cable and mirror the screen of the device onto the projector using the AirServer application installed on the computer. The device supports AirPlay, Google Cast and Miracast technologies making it compatible with a wide range of devices.
Airtame is a device that allows you to connect your laptops and smart devices to a projector wirelessly. Airtame developers have been working on integrating the AirPlay technology into their device. Airtame has recently released support for AirPlay, but it is currently in testing (Beta) phase and has a few limitations. Users can enable the AirPlay support and connect their iPhones and iPads to the projectors wirelessly by using the Airtame device.
Users require an iOS device running iOS 10 or iOS11 and need their Airtame device and Airtame app to be updated at least to version v3.1.0 or newer so that they can use AirPlay with the Airtame device to wirelessly connect to their projector. Airtame supports word files, PDFs, Excel files, JPEGs, PNGs, Powerpoint presentations, and Keynote documents. Users who have a non-technical background can wait until Airtame has full-fledged support for Airplay.