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iPad HDMI video output via a dongle

One of the most infuriating aspects of the iPad hardware is the lack of HDMI output. Sure it has VGA output but it is limited to 4:3 aspect ratio which isn't much good unless you plan on watching late 90's TV shows. It seems almost inevitable that Apple will add full HDMI output to a future iPad, but until it does why not check out the brand new HDMI Dongle from USBFever.

We have yet to find out the all important details about the actual output resolution, but we do know that it doesn't support video that has been protected using Apple's very own FairPlay DRM. Given the amount of DIVX playback apps now available for the iPad, VLC being the most renowned but certainly not the most capable, this restriction may not prove to be too much of an issue for many.

Here's the spec:

- This HDMI Adapter is compatible with iPad, iPhone 4, iPod touch 4G.
- Supports transmit the Video and Audio to HD TV or HDMI AV device
- Easily plug and play,no external power supply required,no need to jailbreak.
- Support 720P/1080P High Ddfinition signal output
- Support videos, movies, MTV, Podcast, Youtube(online), photos etc....
- Support online video on internet webpage(support QuickTime)
- Support online FM radio, MP3(iPhone4), photos on Powerpoint.
- The HDMI adapter is a small box, not the HDMI cable, very easy to carry to anywhere you like.

We hope to have our hands on the HDMI Dongle shortly.

4 innovations that are guaranteed to be in your next iPad, and 2 possibles

There are some technologies that will almost certainly make it into the iPad within the next 5 years. So before the rumour mill starts its crazy spin leading up to the next Steve Job's keynote, we'd like to say what innovations we believe will find their way into the iPad soon.

Retina Display. Estimated Arrival Date: 2012. Getting the the pixel density of the iPad screen beyond the magical 300 pixels per inch barrier is surely a number one priority for Apple. As the iPad takes its place as the rightful heir to the print publishing empire, possessing a screen that looks almost like fine quality print will go a long way to cementing the iPad's place in history.

Dual Core CPU. Estimated Arrival Date: 2012. The current iPad is no slouch, but the Cortex A9 dual-core processor will enable Apple to give extra power to those developers that really need it, but at the same time keep a very close eye on power management. We expect to see the Cortex A9 at the heart of the Apple A5 chipset.

HDMI Output. Estimated Arrival Date: 2011. The Apple TV has HDMI output and with Apple pushing their new instant streaming service it seems likely that the iPad will get HDMI output too. The current iPad has VGA output but due to copy protection restrictions it's limited to 1024 by 768 resolution. HDMI will allow for full resolution output and copy protection.

FaceTime Camera. Estimated Arrival Date: 2011. This has to happen, and frankly, like many others, we were surprised that it wasn't included in the current iPad.

Rear Facing Camera with HD Video Capture. Estimated Arrival Date: 2012… perhaps! This is a tricky one. Using the iPad as a video or stills camera seems a little ridiculous, but if Apple should happen to make a smaller iPad then we see no reason why it shouldn't be endowed with an iPod touch spec HD camera.

Lenticular 3D Display. Estimated Arrival Date: 2015. Some say that the jury is still out on 3D. They would be the same people that say that the jury is still out on colour television. 3D will become a mainstream feature of all displays sometime before 2020, the only question is what technology will be used and how quickly it can be rolled out. Because of Apple's unwillingness to use premature technology, we don't see 3D making its way in the iPad for quite a number of years. In fact, we think Apple may well be one of the last manufacturers to include such a display, but one thing is certain, when they do it will be revolutionary.

Slide-out Keyboard. Estimated Arrival Date: Never. Forget about it, it isn't going to happen no matter how much the luddites rant on about it.

Over to you, what technologies and innovations do you think we'll see coming to the iPad platform? Please let us know in a comment below.