12 Replies Latest reply: Sep 14, 2007 12:23 PM by macjmillsx
hot_spur Level 4 Level 4 (1,425 points)
My iPod came with a cable that allows me to hook up to the tv to do photo slide shows on the tv from the photos stored on the iPod.

Does anyone know if the iPhone will be able to do this?

Thanks.

MacBook Pro 17"
  • 1. Re: Hook iPhone to TV
    Randy Fast Level 4 Level 4 (1,415 points)
    At this time there is no output on the iphone for video and such to an outside source. Also which ipod came with the video out cable?
  • 2. Re: Hook iPhone to TV
    hot_spur Level 4 Level 4 (1,425 points)
    Thanks for the reply.

    It was the first iPod Photo 40GB that came out about three years ago. It came with an a/v cable that plugs into the head phone jack and then it branches into red, white, and yellow plugs that go into the jacks on the front of the tv.

    Then I can run the photos as a slide show on the iPod and watch them on the tv.

    Darn. I was hoping to be able to do this with the iPhone as well.
  • 3. Re: Hook iPhone to TV
    TCUHornedFrogs Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
    It's worth a try...
  • 4. Re: Hook iPhone to TV
    William Young2 Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
    The R-G-Y composite cable that came with the iPod Photo will not work because there is no firmware support in the iPhone for TV Out. Both the composite and the YPbPr/RW component cables are listed as iPhone cables and the iPhone does fit the Universal Dock so TV Out might be in a future software upgrade.

    The only drawback could be the RF interference from the phone signal.
  • 5. Re: Hook iPhone to TV
    macjmillsx Level 2 Level 2 (310 points)
    I read somewhere on these boards that you can use tv out with iPhone, but like the new iPod classic you have to use the new cable from Apple, previous cables will not work...

    A quick search of the forums may uncover this thread.
  • 6. Re: Hook iPhone to TV
    William Young2 Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
    No, the Apple Composite AV Cable is the same for all TV Out capable iPods – from the first iPod Photo to the iPod Touch. The iPhone simply does not have TV Out firmware.

    Check the Apple Store for iPod Cables and Docks and you will find that the composite cable is the same as it has been since the first TV Out enabled iPod.
  • 7. Re: Hook iPhone to TV
    macjmillsx Level 2 Level 2 (310 points)
    If you read in the iPod classic forums all previous av cables and non apple cables will not work, and the iPhone was listed as a compatible device with the new cable but was removed from the list but reports are that it works... I will search that forum and see if I can't find that post.

    That is a huge gripe on those boards though, that all av cables that worked with 5 and 5.5 gen iPods won't work with iPod Classic.
  • 8. Re: Hook iPhone to TV
    macjmillsx Level 2 Level 2 (310 points)
    This is one of the posts I read, not the one I am looking for specifically though,

    http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=5300317&#5300317
  • 9. Re: Hook iPhone to TV
    hot_spur Level 4 Level 4 (1,425 points)
    Thanks for the reply.

    I really hope they will be able to make TV Out an option.

    As to the RF interference, that would be solved by engaing Airplane Mode.
  • 10. Re: Hook iPhone to TV
    William Young2 Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
    I haven't ventured to the iPod Classic forum and I am going only on what the Apple Store says, but a composite cable is a composite cable - it can't add to or take away anything.

    http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPLE/WebObjects/AppleStore.woa/wa/RSLID?mco=185 CC5FE&nplm=MB129LL/A

    Guess I'll have to take a look at the iPod Classic thread and find out what makes an Apple Composite AV Cable different because I can't imagine what it would be. Software yes, cables no. If you have a link I would appreciate it, thanks.
  • 11. Re: Hook iPhone to TV
    ShyOne Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    I'm not going to get into the discussion as far as does it or doesn't work?

    But in the store when you click on iphone(not ipod) cables the AV component cord comes up. it doesn't show it as a iphone compatible, but for it to be there unless a mistake was made I would hazard a guess that maybe it does work.
  • 12. Re: Hook iPhone to TV
    macjmillsx Level 2 Level 2 (310 points)
    This is what I dug up:

    The 5 and 5.5 gen iPods had a TV out setting in the Video settings menu that you could turn on and route video through the headphone jack.

    The new iPod Classic and the Touch do not do this they only route video via the dock connecter and there seems to be some lack of clarification as to whether or not you have to have a power adapter hooked up whilst routing video.. some reports on the iPod forums are saying that you also have to be plugged into power as well.

    In any case, the iPhone is capable of routing video.. but needs to be enabled to do so via software.. so, William Young2 was correct. However it is my understanding that on these new models there will not be a TV Out menu feature, it will just be a function of having this new AV cable plugged in through the 30 pin connecter as they can detect what they are plugged into.