Editors' note: This post was updated on 7/16/2013 to reflect changes in newer iOS devices.
Connect an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch to your TV
Until smart TVs get smarter and set-top boxes solve more problems, sometimes, the swiftest to get media on your TV is directly via your phone or tablet.
It's not ideal for all cases, but if you've got home videos, photos, or even video-streaming apps you want to see on the big screen, you have a few options. The solution will depend on how new (or old) your device is, what video quality you're going for, and (as always) how much you're willing to spend.
Before you go out and buy whatever cable is compatible with your iDevice, take heed. Some solutions will surprise you with unexpected quirks worth knowing first.
Airplay via Apple TV
Because it's wireless and offers video-streaming extras, the Apple TV is the best solution. It's $99, and you'll most likely keep it in one spot, but freedom from fussing with cables make it the best choice. Plus, there's an awesome bonus for gamers.
With an Apple TV set up, photos, videos, music, and even some app content can be beamed to your TV from your iDevice with a few taps. And, with newer iDevices, you can even mirror your entire iDevice's display, giving you a big-screen view of everything happening on your phone. It all happens throug... [Read more]