3 Surprisingly Easy Ways To Turn Your IPhone Into An IPhone Projector
“Design isn’t just what it looks like and feels. Design is how it works.” Steve Jobs probably wasn’t bothered by what people thought of him as an innovator when he said this statement. What kept him awake at night was how his creativity would positively impact the universe long after he was gone.
And true to his word, the Apple logo is synonymous with many as a critical hallmark of mobile telephony advancements in the 21 century, with the iPhone being one of Apple’s significant products since the release of the first installment (iPhone 1 or iPhone 2G) back in June 29, 2007.
Over the years, the iPhone handset, alongside its iOS software framework, has been revamped following customer feedback. Among the enhanced capabilities include longer battery life, improved graphics chipsets, updated power and connectivity jacks, and an array of computational competencies.
Consistent modifications have rendered the iPhone one of the most functionally attractive and useful smart devices in recent times. It doesn’t matter whether you want to stream a movie or make a presentation at a conference you’re attending; you can always count on an iPhone projector for superior quality.
iPhones are intergenerational, meaning each successive version is a reinvention of its predecessor. Virtually all models starting from iPhone 5 onwards should give you a pleasant user experience when projecting due to more storage allowance and faster data processing speeds. Of the methods below, which is the most straightforward to you when it comes to turning the most priced Apple handheld devices into projectors?
Connect Your iPhone Directly to a Projector
Traditional projectors can be a mess. They’re bulky, have outdated connection ports such as VGA (Video Graphics Array) and DVI (Digital Visual Interface) that would require you to get a connector/convertor to suit your modern display screen or smart projection canvas before you can even consider projecting from your iPhone.
What to do: buy a portable projector, preferably the mini-sized ones such as the 1080 display Pico mini-projector. It comes with USB (Universal Serial Bus) and HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) connection slots, which are great connection variants, especially for the latest versions of the iPhone. Plus, the Pico projector’s design specifically supports iPhones, so you don’t have to worry that much about peripheral ports.
Or you can purchase a device-to-device connection projector such as the PJ205 Ipico Handheld LED Personal Projector. It directly links to your iPhone or iPad via a pop-up docking port. Upon connection, you can play your playlists off iTunes and project the imaging on a white wall at your house.
Nobody would pass up on a chance of a cable-free solution, be it a wireless internet network set up or wireless capability enabled devices that remove the clutter and clumsiness of cables and cable-ties. You have two options when it comes to projecting wirelessly from your iPhone:
Buy a Projector with a Wireless Connectivity Feature
A perfect example of a wireless projector that combines a light-weight design and built-in battery for more prolonged use is the LG Minibeam PH550G. Besides connecting to it wirelessly with your iPhone, the LG printer is hard-wired to be compatible with all Apple products. If, for whatever reason, you have no internet connection and your Bluetooth happens to be busted, establishing a connection between the PH550G and your iPhone will still be a breeze.
Get a Wireless Adapter That Converts Your Old-School Projector to a Wireless One
Maybe you have an old model projector that you bought some years back and don’t want to spend extra money buying another one. As long as it's still functional, there’re smart devices in the market that can make it useful again going by technology standards today.
The Airtame 2 is one such electronic device. It serves a dual purpose by acting as a VGA to HDMI converter/ wireless adapter that you can plug into your projector and then add the projector to your wireless network.
Or you can use the Airtame PoE adapter, which connects to the projector and an ethernet cable. The connection here is crucial because it powers the Airtame adapter (just like a fast-charging iPhone power brick would) and integrates the projector to your network.
After that layout is up and running, you can project your presentation or other projects right off iCloud. The beauty of Airtame is that you don’t have to spend an eternity switching phones or computers when you have completed projecting and need to give room for the next presenter. The absence of cables enables a swift connection transition from one device or iPhone to another.
Use an App to Connect to an iPhone Compatible Projector
Think of a smart home scenario where all the devices in your smart home are controllable from one central point, which can be a terminal in the hose or an application on your iPhone. That very analogy applies when it comes to operating a projector with an app on your iPhone.
It’s probably safe to use this method with well know legacy brands that provide sufficient after-sale services and tech-support. But if you know of a new projector brand whose credentials you can verify, go for it. Log into your Apple store and check out applications such as:
- Epson iProjection (Epson projectors)
- Panasonic Wireless Projector (Panasonic projectors), and
- Projector Remote (Sony projectors)
What if your projector’s make is neither of the above? Well, in that case, you’ll have to liaise with your projector’s manufacturer to find out if there is an in-house mobile application that comes with the projector. Or possibly a third-party iOS application that can work with your projector.
The days when you had to have a desktop computer to project class material to students in a lecture hall are long gone. As far as projecting is concerned, the portability has since surpassed laptops and briefcase-sized projectors.
Tech-equipment manufacturers have now perfected projectors into powerful pocket-size and handheld appliances that cater to office workers and the on-the-go professional. Home users can also use these small projectors to create a big-screen entertainment experience at a fraction of the cost of a state-of-the-art home theatre system.
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