• 2.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Jacksonville

    I purchased a number of educational apps believing that I could actually use them in my classroom via the VGA connector. I know Apple has the ability to create a tool that mirrors the iPad screen, but alas, they didn't. Why don't the sales people tell you about the limitations? Guess they want us to buy more apps...smart....but not good customer service. I probably would have bought it just for photo slide shows and Keynote presentations, but I sure wish it did more.

    71 of 76 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

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    VGA Adapter only for personal photo's or video's not commerical

    • Written by from Aloha

    So I bought this thinking I could rent movies on my ipad, plug the connector in to my tv and watch the rented movie on the tv. Well, it didn't work that way because I didn't have the legal authority to watch the movie on the tv via the ipad. I was disappointed to say the least. If you want to show family photos or something...it should work fine, commerical endeavors however...not so much.

    39 of 43 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Limited output

    • Written by from Asuncion

    This adapter only works with YuoTube app and Photos module... Y try anotare apps Like Maps, iTunes, games and nothing output. Very limited support for this adapter/accesory

    17 of 21 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Could Be Better

    • Written by from Colorado Springs

    it works great for what it is. it would be considerably better if you could mirror your screen and not be limited to the few apps that use it. Not very happy... :(

    23 of 27 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not all VGA cables can connect to this

    • Written by from Newton

    I was aware of any software limitations, but decided to buy to use at least for KeyNotes.
    When I get to my office and tried to connect standard VGA cable from our projector to this adapter, there were no signal went to the projector.
    It did work at home with my monitor, but I cannot use it if it may not work somewhere out of the office, where I have no control over available equipment.

    23 of 27 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Will they tell me to just buy a "bumper" for this too?

    • Written by from Edgewater

    Maybe Apple is just getting to big for their own good. It would have been nice if the package stated SOMEWHERE that this connector only works with a FEW APPS! Isn't there some sort of law against this type of thing?

    31 of 45 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    works for pirates

    • Written by from Sunnyvale

    Useless if you honestly buy and rent your movies from iTunes. ahhhh the beauty of DRM

    22 of 27 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Description Should Mention Limitations

    • Written by from Mobile

    I rate the product with 5 stars, though rate the product description with 0.5 stars. Yes, the product functions as described, for the most part. However, the product description should reflect that it only works with specific applications (even if it is in the small print!). You cannot view ANY slideshow, only those slideshows you view with the apps that support this connector.

    14 of 17 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    iPad Vga Adaptor

    • Written by from Oakleigh

    Simple connection and preferences found easily under Video. Disappointed it does not output everything including desktop and apps. The best thing is that AirVideo WORKS!! This will see your setup movie folders on multiple machines and play on your VGA screen allowing you to connect a screen in the kitchen or bedroom to your Media Center hard drive. Youtube also works so as long as the App developer has added the API it works. Photos does not work so yes there are going to be allot of disappointed people including me. But lets see what the ios 4 brings.No games I tried seem to work common developers lets think out side the box.

    2 of 4 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple's dirty little secrets

    • Written by from Aurora

    1. They provide no picture of the VGA connector so you can't know until you buy it that you don't have the cables or video display inputs needed to use it.
    2. The iPhone component cable works fine with the iPad.
    3. The iPad Photos app doesn't support any slide show transition other than dissolve.

    5 of 7 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Let this crippled boy walk again!

    • Written by from SPRING

    This adapter is but a software update away from being a useful add-on. I was amazed at how limited this VGA adapter was... I mean, I am in the middle of a presentation, someone asks to see a web page. "Oh, sorry. I can't show any Web sites through this VGA adapter." What? And that isn't all. This adapter has more handicaps than Timmy. Why is this the only VGA adapter in the history of VGA adapters that comes with rules? Please update and fix this barely usable iPad tail.

    93 of 101 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Only Works for Video, Presentations, and Slideshows

    • Written by from Cambridge

    The adapter only allows you to output a video (either stored on the iPad, or from YouTube), as well as share Keynote presentations, Numbers presentations, and photo gallery slideshows. But, it will NOT allow you to "project" the desktop. In a regular laptop, I can connect a projector to the laptop, and I can easily share what I see with an audience. Not so, with this adapter.

    54 of 56 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Limited capabilit translates into disapointment

    • Written by from Gurnee

    I have adopted my iPad as my primary work computer in the office. It handles 80% of what I need, and the other bits I take care of on my laptop as the needs arise. The display adapter is a different animal though in that it will only project specific content and from within designated applications. For example, I had a email I needed to review with my department today. Well, no luck, I can't use the adapter to project my email communication to the projector. I WAS able to do this is Keynote which was nice, but another flaw there is that the content on my ipad is replaced with basically a report, and you have to look up to the projector to see the actual content instead of being able to view and navigate from the iPad itself. Both major disapointments.

    9 of 12 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    It works, but not not as I had hoped

    • Written by from Kent

    Everyone else has already covered it, but I had intended to use GoodReader to show a nice presentation PDF through the VGA connector. Easy, right? No. It doesn't work.

    For those looking for a way to what I was, I ended up importing the presentation as a bunch of slide pictures into Keynote and then I was able to output that to a projector through the adapter. What a waste of time :( I hope 3rd party apps can choose to use the VGA output, because right now it's just not that good of a solution. It would have been much easier if GoodReader could use the adapter.

    20 of 23 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    What are developers supposed to do?

    • Written by from new york

    The adaptor is useful for displaying Keynote presentations and if that is your primary need, then it is probably worth it for you at the price point. I am developing iPad apps and need to demonstrate them to large groups so it is an ENORMOUS disappointment that there is no way to do this. How does Apple expect developers to show off their great new apps in a presentation setting, buy iPads for the entire audience? What does Steve Jobs use to demonstrate the iPad? Commercialize that connector and you will increase the value of the iPad tremendously, especially for developers.

    13 of 16 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    this is much better than component cable

    • Written by from fairbanks

    I bought component cable first, and I tried but i was so disappointed with the quality of the video and pictures and keynote slide show, so i refunded it and i bought this VGA cable first, and tested it and now i really satisfy with the video quality output in HD samsung LCD tv.

    it is way crisper than component cable, so keep this in mind who is interested at this item.

    but as you know, this doesn't show the mirror mode like steve job showed in his presentation.

    when are you apple guys gonna sell the cable that he used? (it was grey cable when i saw in youtube)

    this cable shows exactly same as the component cable does(but the component cable outputs the sounds! that's only the benefit of that item),

    1. it shows only the movie when it's only played. then the ipad screen stops and the movie plays in the TV. at the setting you can turn on/off the widescreen mode for the ratio.

    2. it only shows the pictures when it's on slideshow mode.
    remember, it doesn't show that nice pinch & zoom interface on your ipad to TV. very disappointing. hope apple update this.
    you can't play with orgami mode nor other animation except the dissolve mode.it only has dissolve mode only on iPad to choose. very disspointing again.
    and the most dissapointing thing is that, it doesn't have turn on/off widescreen mode like the video so the ratio of the pictures gonna be always strecthed, and it really looks weird and ugly for portrait pics.

    3. it only shows keynote when it's only in play mode. it doesn't show anything on the tv until you press the play button.
    you can see the laser pointer when you press with your finger for seconds, and this might be useful in presentation.
    when you press the play mode, the screen on your ipad turn black and you see only page numbers and arrows for turning next page.
    and also it doesn't have turn on/off widescreen mode like the video so the ratio of the keynote gonna be always strecthed, and the presentation willl look weird and ugly.

    4. you can't play the videos in AirVideo apps, so you cant see the movie thats on your computer.

    5. you can't play any other apps with this cable.

    6. you can't output any other screens you have that shows in your screen.

    so apple plz solve these problems in next upate of firmware, would you?

    and plz sell that cable that steve jobs used in his presentation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    32 of 40 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Why can't I watch the movies I paid for on my TV???????

    • Written by from Littlerock

    I am unhappy. I just spent hundreds of dollars for my iPad and can't fully use it.

    Apple dictates what I can watch and cannot. My kids are very upset and so am I.

    Come on Apple let us get our money's worth. I saved for a long time for this ipad and was looking forward to use it and recommend your products.

    18 of 25 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not what I expected

    • Written by from Greeley

    Apple misrepresented the functionality of this adaptor. I am a high school science teacher. Got the iPad. Got the VGA adapter. Searched for images of the Iceland volcano. Had my lesson plan. Got to class.... Nothing but blue screen. Very disappointing!

    22 of 27 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    No mirror screen

    • Written by from Honolulu

    Wasn't Steve Jobs using a mirror screen in his iPad presentation? Sure, great that I can use this for Keynote and videos. But just mirror the screen. Apple fans deserve better.

    33 of 38 people found this useful