Apple TV vs HDMI cable

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by toronado455, Apr 24, 2012.

  1. macrumors regular

    Apr 2, 2009
    From what I can gather, Apple TV seems to be an iOS-centric device, mostly useful to users of iOS on the iPad, iPhone, etc.

    For someone with a MacBook Pro, that wants to use their HDTV as a 'jumbo' monitor, what would be the advantage(s) of using Apple TV instead of a mini-displayport to HDMI cable setup? (other than that it's wireless)
  2. macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    You can't use full screen apps in a dual monitor setup, while you can use airplay to stream a video from iTunes (and only iTunes) to an Apple TV.

    If you're using Windows on your mac though, nothing.
  3. macrumors 68020


    Sep 3, 2004
    London, UK
    You can do this through the Apple TV when Mountain Lion comes out this summer
    AirPlay Mirroring
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 4, 2008
    Not true (though it does work well for usage with iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad, etc.). The original purpose of the AppleTV was to get media (music, videos, photos) from iTunes on your computer to your home theater. It later became useful for buying and renting movies and TV shows. There are many uses for people who have no other iOS devices.

    Doesn’t work like this, so no advantage. Though, as mentioned, when Lion comes out you will be able to mirror your computer desktop to the AppleTV.
  5. thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 2, 2009
    OK, thanks. I guess I'll just get the cables for now since they are cheap. And maybe the Apple TV eventually if I upgrade to Mountain Lion. Still on Snow Leopard right now.

    Are the Monoprice adapters and cables good? I'm considering getting these:
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 4, 2008
    Generally speaking, Monoprice is good quality at great prices, so those are likely fine.
  7. macrumors 68000


    Oct 8, 2009
    Second this., monoprice can't be beat.
  8. thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 2, 2009
    Thanks for the advice on Monoprice.

    What video mode will be available on the TV when connected to a MacBook Pro 13" (2011 Sandy Bridge) via HDMI? Will I have a second monitor that runs at the native 1920x1080 of the TV, or will I have a scaled-up version of the 1280x800 desktop?
  9. macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011

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