• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely useless -- save your money

    • Written by from Youngstown

    I wish I'd read the many reviews from teachers who indicated that this product does not work. I teach at a university and this cable simply does not do what its $30 price tag suggests. I needed this cable to view web pages on an overhead and basically to show pretty much anything I wanted to show via my iPad -- the $700 "computer" that I bought to use IN THE CLASSROOM. The "iFad" joke from "The Simpsons" is now making much more sense. I still need a laptop to do what I need to do in the classroom, so the Apple iPad is living up to its pop culture image as nothing more than a punchline.

    40 of 49 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from St-Lin-Laurentides

    Wasted 6 hours on trying the adaptor on 3 different monitors !!!

    Now I see that I was misled on the product.

    I wanted to see my photos ... no way ....... only in one limited slide show.
    I wanted to use Safari and email ... no way
    I wanted to play my music ... no way

    Very disapointed.

    36 of 41 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    useless most of the time

    • Written by from Innsbruck

    while I was aware that only certain formats are supported the web-information at the The page didn't tell that certain projectors and connecting cables do not work. Going back to an Apple support page I found the advice that any connection cables should be removed in case of a problem. How does Apple think I would connect my iPad with a cable a few inches long directly to a ceiling-mounted projector and present with keynote in a lecture or conference hall where I have no control over the settings of the projectors? For this purpose waste of money.

    34 of 37 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does exactly what the package says

    • Written by from Ooltewah

    This product connects the iPad to a VGA port. The package doesn't say that anything goes through.

    45 of 59 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    First disappointment ever from Apple

    • Written by from Granite City

    I teach at two Universities and all I get from the iPad VGA cable is two blue screens of death. I have a ten+ year old Mac portable that does better than that! This is the first bit of hardware (since my Apple ][) that has not done what it claimed it could. Asking me to get a special cable run from a projector fifty feet away and twenty-five feet up is just not a viable solution!
    Fix this Steve while Apple still has a sterling reputation to protect!

    32 of 33 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Presentation Fail

    • Written by from Le Roy

    Bought this to use with iPad as a traveling keynote presentation solution. The failure to in any way mirror the current and/or next slide on the iPad makes it really difficult to use for serious talks in large rooms (speaker can often not see the screens and doesn't want to look like an idiot turning around all the time). Not recommend until this is resolved.

    32 of 33 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not worth the $30

    • Written by from Columbus

    Extremely limited hence over priced. Apple really need to fix this by adding mirroring to the iPad output. If Steve Jobs can project his iPad and iPhone displays, then everyone who pays $30 for this should be able to do the same. This is only fair.

    34 of 37 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Can only output slides

    • Written by from Orem

    I was very disappointed with this. I was hoping to project more then just slides. So far not a single video file in my library will work because most are purchased with DRM. All were purchased in itunes or included as digital copies from blu-ray purchases. I would love to be able to ouput the browser as well. With such limited functionality, I wish I hadn't purchased it. Hopefully they will update the OS to allow more to be output.

    34 of 37 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great

    • Written by from Edmonton

    I teach university classes and have started using the adapter to connect my iPad2 to the projector. I have not found an app that does not work with this adapter. I love it!

    37 of 44 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    It works well, if you use it for presentations

    • Written by from San Diego

    This device works well, no complaints. You have to use it in conjunction with an Application and I've used it with Keynote, Numbers, Good Reader and to play videos onto the projector. It does require knowing how to use it.

    It is not a Mirror of the Desktop as stated by the others, but with Keynote it has a finger tip laser system that I think is awesome. Hold you finger on the iPad screen and a laser pointer (simulated) appears on the projection screen.

    THe new HDMI cable sounds great for Mirroring the desktop, but none of the projectors I'm using in most meeting rooms have a HDMI input yet. So either way HDMI or VGA there are limitations.

    I bought both. VGA for Projectors, and HDMI for connecting to LCD TV sets.

    34 of 38 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Does What It Says

    • Written by from CALGARY

    The picture output from Keynote, YouTube and even the iTunes app is great. I tried it with both a widescreen and 4:3 display and it was good at auto-sensing, although I recommend you go into Settings > Video and set the aspect ratio (Widescreen or Standard) before you plug in the connector for the best results. Keynote still opts to stretch to fill a widescreen rather than use pillarbox, but hopefully that will be an option in a future software release. Really, the only thing that would make this more useful would be more software that supports the video out, and we should see improvements in this when iOS 4.3 is released.

    36 of 42 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple should be ashamed of selling this useless product

    • Written by from Dobbs Ferry

    Apple should truly be ashamed of itself for selling this useless product. If I hD the opportunity to give minus stars it woudl be minus six stars. Useless, waste of time. How can Apple do such an irresponsible thing nd put thsi useless accesory to its site? I purchased a film from iTunes store, paid money hoping that I coudl watch the film on big screen TV but the message indicates that "the connected display is not authorized to play protected mpvies". This useless adapter lets you watch the previews without any problem but when you pay for the real deal, it does not work. This is irresponsible at best. I M very disappointed with Apple. By the way, the suppot site is totally useless as well. I could not f ind a single answer to my problem and I coud not contact a held desk place to ask about my problem. This si probably the ast accesory that I'm purchasing dor my iPad and I will spread the wprd in my network that the accesories are totally useless. Thanl you Apple for ruining my new year night I will never forget this night!

    34 of 38 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Granville

    I too have been sucked into thinking I could use adapter with Documents to Go to display my Powerpoint presentations...not! Come on Apple be different then the rest and make this work for the majority of business applications.

    32 of 34 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from erlanger

    Competition is comming soon... The fact I need to search out apps to take care of this issue is crazy. All the comments about the vga doing what it states does not speak to the fact it should not be restricted. My company is currently deciding to wait or pull the trigger on rolling this out to our sales force for presentation needs... my reco is going to be very grey. There are so many reasons to mirror the display. One might be the lost revenue from businesses like mine.

    Is this a toy or a tool?

    32 of 34 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Useless underperformer

    • Written by from Calgary

    Doesn't mirror output screen. limited apps support (none that I have bought) Totaly misinformed by Apple store rep.

    34 of 38 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work

    • Written by from SAN FRANCISCO

    Even the apps that are supposed to show up on the screen do not. My computer does not even recognize the cable is connected. the TV does not either.

    33 of 36 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Dublin

    This will not enable you to mirror your display. I only wish Apple would be more specific in the item description. I am going to return mine and wait until mirroring is enabled.

    32 of 34 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Better of Apple to say what it can't do than what it can....

    • Written by from Duluth

    I have waited to write this for weeks as I was trying to cool off from my initial RAGE at the obvious misleading that Apple did in regard to this product. Time has only prompted dissapointment in a company i had hoped would be better. No screen mimmicing, not all videos, no safari, not many apps, no email, no books.....not worth it. Unfortunate that i can do all these things (save for apps) on a laptop, but not my oversized iPod Touch.

    31 of 32 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Buyer Beware!

    • Written by from Palm Harbor

    One star only because I cannot rate it at zero! Yes I buy movies from I tunes. I bought my Ipad 2 from Apple. I bought this adapter from apple. Now the rub! It will allow an I tunes purchased movie to play on your TV for about 20 seconds before it stops it, and gives you a pop up that it will not play on a non compatible device??!!! Not what I read in the description!
    Totally Disgusted!!! What now, " you must purchase an Apple TV?!!!
    Do Not Buy It!!!

    34 of 39 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Yes, it works!

    • Written by from Tucson

    I was a little unsure by reading a few other reviews. However, I tried it out on my iPad 2 and my optima projector, and had no difficulties viewing a ppt presentation through the slideshark app with all its animations, various websites through the safari browser, and even a video that I had converted and stored onto my iPad through iTunes. Would have given 5 stars but I though $29.99 was a little steep for an adaptor. Still, it works!

    30 of 31 people found this useful