• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Died after less than six months of minimal use (less than ten times)

    • Written by from El Cerrito

    I purchased this adapter in the Fall of last year. I'm a teacher and wanted to use my iPad Air in class rather than lugging my MacBook to present my PowerPoint lectures. I used it about 10 times at the most and it worked perfectly. But when I geared up for this semester I planned to use it again. I plugged it in and while the presentation appeared on the projector screen it immediately began to blink off and on and it did so the entire time. Thinking that it was the projector I contacted our tech crew and asked them to troubleshoot. After they did I came to class the following day and the same thing happened. They came again, had their own adapter, plugged my iPad into theirs and I lectured problem free. The problem was my basically brand new adapter. I have always kept the adapter stowed away in my iPad carrying bag and never dropped it or anything. So why is it dying? After reading all the reviews on the Apple site this is apparently a widespread and recurring problem. And some of you might say that I can just get another since its under warranty, but think about it: why should I NEED to get a replacement in less than six months??? On what planet is THAT good business??? I'm an Apple person to the core (ha!) but this is ridiculous. if I invest in the Lightning to HDMI adapter will it do the same thing??? I'm not taking the chance.

    For those of you who gave it glowing reviews, or think other folks are just plain dunce-tards, I would like to hear from you a few months from now. Then we shall see if you still think this $50 piece of junk is worthy of 5 stars.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Laggy video output

    • Written by from San Francisco

    Both the HDMI and VGA lightning video adapters introduce lag to video output that wasn't present with the 30 pin adapters. Because of this my old iPad3 is better for running VJAY (audio-visual performance app) than a brand new iPad Air 2. Disappointed that Apple, a company that used to be the standard for creative types, is pushing a standard like lightning adapters that can't perform well enough for artistic applications.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    No movies

    • Written by from Ipswich

    The description says you can watch movies and TV shows, but it won't work with any movies or a lot of TV shows. A message on the iPhone says something about the device not being authorised to play protected content. This would othwrwise be fine. I purchased it to watch video with an old VGA monitor while being on charge, but it's next to useless for that.
    The money should have gone toward a new monitor.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't play films downloaded on itunes

    • Written by from London

    This piece of kit is expensive and doesn't do what many buyers would expect it to do, which is to show films and many tv apps that play on your iPad. It works with BBC player, it does not work with ITunes, Sky TV app, Tv Catchup and others. If you're expecting it to do what it says on the box, don't buy it. Thanks Apple. That's £50 wasted.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Useless

    • Written by from Peterborough

    Doesn't work under iOS 8.

    Fine until the iOS 8 update, now useless on iPad air and iPhone 5s.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work with Movies

    • Written by from Fremont

    I bought this $50 cable for the sole purpose of watching a movie i bought from itunes on a larger screen and it does not do that. I thought it would be as easy as my kindle that i just connect and play but was a huge wast of money. Please do not buy this. You would think a movie you buy would be able to play wherever you want it to but all they want you to do is spend more money on itunes tv.

    5 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    does not work

    • Written by from Lisboa

    it does not work with most projectors, so no presentations......

    7 of 13 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not iTunes Compatabile?!

    • Written by from San Antonio

    I only have a smartphone, an iPhone, and I've been saving up to buy a tablet or computer. I mean 'saving up' in the most literal sense, because I was only considering iPads and Macs, and they cost a lot. I have been getting by fine without a bigger screen, especially since I bought this adaptor. I've been able to watch Netflix and it has been awesome. So, I decided to buy my FIRST iTunes video. The latest Walking Dead; I don't have cable and it isn't on Netflix. I paid Apple money for the video. I can't watch iTunes videos on external displays using a VGA connection??? Really?? Somebody just didn't think that through, and know I have to watch the show on my tiny iPhone, after paying Apple for the video, the adaptor, and the phone.

    8 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Plug and play

    • Written by from NEWCASTLE

    Bought this on the way to a short notice public meeting. I had only bought my iPad Air a couple of weeks before the meeting and had no idea what I would find at the meeting as a projector. So fingers crossed and flip chart as a back up. Needn't have worried! Simple plug in and test five minutes before the meeting was due to start and the Keynote presentation went effortlessly (can't guarantee that the content was as good!)

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Piece of you know what.....

    • Written by from scottsdale

    Will not work with netflix or any other show purchased thru iTunes. Gives some BS reason..... Waste of money

    12 of 22 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Works on OS 7.1.1 and anything before it.

    • Written by from edmond

    Just purchased it 30 minutes ago. Tried with my iphone 5s with OS 7.1.1 and works great. Plug and play and it shows up instantly. While with my ipad mini it does not show up and i compared with a friends and his managed to work. Did some tinkering to find out that mine has been updated to the latest OS and his is not. Otherwise it is good and clear, of course not 1080 quality but its enough to viewed. Apple take note on the matter, hopefully i am wrong about this but i feel based on my own finding the latest OS is not stable with this.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not as useful as expected.

    • Written by from Dundee

    What it doesn't tell you, and the reason I bought it, is that it WON'T work with movies bought / rented from the iTunes Store. It comes up with a message (in my case in an iPad Mini) to the effect that the film cannot be played because the attached display isn't authorised to view "protected" films. It DOES work though with downloads from BBC iPlayer.

    47 of 55 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not working

    • Written by from Baltimore

    This thing is not working on most of the projectors I connect it to....may be they are old...but that what I bought it for..to work on projector...it just worked on my home monitor....really disappointed....worst accessory I bought from Apple

    16 of 19 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfect for the Classroom

    • Written by from Port Matilda

    I use this adapter to project apps from my iPad air to the projector in my 4th grade classroom and it works beautifully. I also plug in a portable speaker for sound. It works on all apps, but will not project iTunes content. This is disappointing, but does not take away from its effectiveness in the classroom. It is expensive, but for how much I use it, it will worth the price.

    12 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Dissapointing

    • Written by from Godmanchester

    I have just purchased this adapter from the apple store, i have to say that i am really dissapointed with it, i was assured both online by an "expert" and in the store that it would play movies for the iTunes Store, but it doesn't. please do bear this in mind if you are looking for one to connect to a home cinema projector!

    in conclusion not very good and apple should think about this, if i could, no stars would suffice.

    33 of 42 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great but can't play Apple iTunes purchased movies.

    • Written by from Flint

    Wanted to use this to send the Apple iTunes movies I purchased to a VGA projector, a Dell 2300MP.

    The iPhone connects flawlessly and will show each page of apps and the movies I have made. But when it comes to movies I purchased from Apple iTunes, I get "THE CONNECTED DISPLAY IS NOT AUTHORIZED TO PLAY PROTECTED MOVIES."

    Don't know if it is the age of the projector, or the lack of a chip. I did notice that these movies were streaming from the cloud.

    It would be nice if they had mentioned that in the description.

    17 of 20 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Useful

    • Written by from Campos dos Goytacazes

    Excelent for presentations and classes!

    16 of 20 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    ipad mini and pico pix 1430 projector

    • Written by from Chester

    if you download the free app 'image out' by apparent etch, then connect your projector to your mini via a lightning vga adapter- turn on the projector when the app is open and you will be prompted to choose a pixel setting. Choose the one in the middle and exit the app. Screen sharing should now be in full screen mode rather than a green margin down one side

    I use my mini with a pico pix 1430 and the phillips dual vga cable although i don't plug in the audio lead as speakers work better connected to the mini then this cable connects to the adapter and then to the mini and voila after the app steps above. The cables cost a bunch but the adapter was the cheapest at tescos especially if you have coupons!

    23 of 25 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Overpriced

    • Written by from Mundaring

    I am happy with the quality and performance of the adapter HOWEVER I have noticed something a little strange. I have found that I could buy a cheap AirPlay to HDMI dongle and a cheap HDMI to VGA converter from China for $10 LESS than this product. That is pathetic really.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work with older projectors

    • Written by from Peoria

    I bought this to use at work. It did not work on our older projectors that we use with windows laptops. This was a disappointment.

    42 of 45 people found this useful