Connecting an Ipad2 to a 24" Cinema Display

Discussion in 'iPad Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by Simon Marvin, May 11, 2012.

  1. Simon Marvin macrumors newbie

    May 4, 2012
    Hi - I've been trying to find a way of simply connect an Ipad2 to a 24 inch cinema display.

    I've searched this thread and the web but can find no simple way of doing this - in fact you would not believe how complicated it is - involving 4 connectors!

    I think it would take the following adaptors:

    1. Ipad2 female dock connector - this connects to:
    2. Apple TV adaptor which provides two connectors:
    a. Apple dock connector to usb for ipad2 power
    b. Female hdmi connector
    3.b Then connect a male hdmi to make MDP cable
    4. The connect a female MDP to female MDP (see for example )
    5. Then connect to the male MDP that is directly connected to the 24 cinema display.

    Is it really that difficult?:confused:

    Any better suggestions would be most welcome.
  2. poloponies Suspended

    May 3, 2010
    Even that's wishful thinking - I don't believe it will work. It's not meant to connect to every device out there.
  3. Night Spring, May 11, 2012
    Last edited: May 11, 2012

    Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    You are just making it sound more complex than it is.

    1 is just the iPad. Who ever counts that?

    2a -- not needed if iPad is fully charged.

    3~5 I don't know what exactly you are on about, but basically it sounds like what you need is a MDP to HDMI adapter. So you have, I believe, three cables/adapters:
    (1) Apple TV adapter
    (2) MDP to HDMI adapter
    (3) The Cinema display cable

    If you are using more components, then you didn't pick the right adapter for (2).
  4. Redneck-Randy macrumors member

    Jan 22, 2012
    LMAO That's not a cinema display, it's a portable TV. :rolleyes:
  5. JasonR macrumors 6502a


    Nov 11, 2008
    Mac Mini plus airplay wait for Mountain Lion. lol
  6. Simon Marvin thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 4, 2012
    Hi I don't think it will work either - reviews of the female to female MDP connector say it does not work.

    But surely there should be a simpler way to do this?


    OK agreed on points 1 and 2a. The tricky one is the MDP to HDMI.

    In order to connect the female HDMI on the apple tv adapter to the male MDP cable on the cinema display I would need a "male HDMI to female MDP".

    I cannot find such a cable - initially my local Apple store said it was possible - then looked into it and said it was not possible!

    I'm very curious to know if anyone has been able to make this connection and whether it works?

  7. mikieinarizona macrumors newbie


    Oct 9, 2011
    Chandler, AZ
    Connecting iPhone to Cinema Display 27" or 24"

    In theory you could connect an iPad or iPhone to a Cinema Display with 4 adapters. The above postings are kind of correct.

    I have not tried this, but in theory it should work when you start using 3 or 4 connectors things tend not to work. What you will need is:

    1. 30-pin / Lighting (iPhone/iPad/iPod) to HDMI adapter
    2. HDMI Coupler (Male to Male)
    3. Mini Displayport to HDMI adapter
    4. Mini Displayport Coupler (Female to Female)

    5. Plug the Cinema Display into the female Mini Displayport Coupler

    It would be nice if there was and adapter going from iPod to female Mini Displayport, but I don't think enough people try to do this.
  8. spyguy10709 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 5, 2010
    One Infinite Loop, Cupertino CA
    Don't bump old posts....
  9. head4space, Dec 26, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 26, 2012

    head4space macrumors newbie

    Jul 9, 2012
    30 pin to VGA

    According to the Amazon description the 24 inch Cinema Display has 3 VGA d-subs. You can therefore buy a 30pin dock connector to VGA adaptor for around £30. Grab yourself a VGA cable and you are good to go.

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