The iPad makes a great lightweight laptop replacement, at least for short trips, but it's not a laptop and doesn't always work on the road as you'd expect. I was reminded of that hiccup this week when I was presenting to the Florida local governments' IT association on the potential use of mobile technologies such as the iPad. I was gone for just a couple days, and I saw no need to carry my laptop. Plus, I couldn't really speak credibly about using iPads if I wasn't using one myself, could I?
The iPad can send a video signal to an external monitor or projector via the $29 Apple iPad Dock Connector to VGA Adapter -- but only for apps that have enabled video-out. (You can't use that cable with an iPhone or iPod Touch; those devices require you link them to an Apple Universal Dock or a video-compatible third-party dock, then connect from the dock to the monitor via either an Apple Composite AV Cable or an Apple Component AV Cable.)
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