I can play 1080p videos I've loaded onto the iPad using the video player on the iPad itself. Before I invest in the HDMI adaptor, I'd like to know if the HDMI output actually displays 1080p on the external display, and shows the video at full resolution?

I'm worried that either the output will be something lower (1080i, 720p) or that it may be 1080p output, but the video will be resolution reduced to 720p or 480p even though displayed on a 1080p device.

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It works at 1080p. As stated on the Apple web site:

AirPlay video streaming to Apple TV (3rd generation) at up to 1080p and Apple TV (2nd generation) at up to 720p

Video mirroring and video out support: Up to 1080p with Apple Digital AV Adapter or Apple VGA Adapter (adapters sold separately)

Enjoy your new iPad!

  • Have things changed with the new lightning connector? I see the page now says: "Video mirroring and video out support: Up to 720p through Lightning Digital AV Adapter and Lightning to VGA Adapter; video playback up to 1080p (sold separately)"
    – radven
    Nov 25, 2012 at 3:19
  • I think that this is robbery by apple to do such a thing on iPad 3, the iPad 3 displays 1080 resolution but I don't know why it's not happening with my state of the art 72" 3d smart lg tv
    – user43599
    Feb 23, 2013 at 19:35

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