The HDMI interface is the one, which is most commonly used today since the HDMI cables support the highest resolution picture and most of the popular audio format and codecs. They allow the user to connect virtually any HDMI-ready source such as Blu-ray player, DVD player, computer, or even a video camera to an HDTV, video projector, or computer monitor and enjoy the excellent quality video and audio. The latest HDMI cables, the 1.4 version even come with Ethernet channel, 4096×2160 resolution support, and Audio return channel.
However, if you want to connect your Mac to your HDTV, then you would have to use the Apple Digital AV Adapter. This would allow you to display whatever is on your Mac on a larger TV screen and share it with your friends and family. In addition, the same adapter works with iPhone 4, iPad, and iPod touch 4th generation and now you can see everything that you can see on either of these mobile devices on any HDMI-ready display. You can surf the web, watch videos or funny clips, listen to music, or watch slideshows and you are no longer confined to the small screen of the mobile device. The video out connector supports 1080p for iPad 2 and up to 720p for iPhone 4, iPad, and iPod touch and the movies are played at up to 720p, which would still give you an excellent quality image. Mirroring is available for iPad 2 only and the adapter only needs to be connected to the 30-pin dock connector and to the HDMI-ready display in order to work.
Using the Apple Digital AV Adapter allows you to have the best of both Worlds. You can take your mobile devices anywhere you go, surf the Internet while having coffee in your favorite coffee shop, and then connect it to your big screen TV and watch any content that you wish in order to take advantage of the larger viewing area. The connector is available at the Apple’s store and costs a little less than forty dollars and the British users could order it on Amazon, where it is sold in the region of £30 – £39. The Apple Digital AV might not work with all apps and some users have reported that it does not work with all types of video projectors either, but it should work perfectly for any of the supported devices and almost all HDMI-enabled TV sets.