• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Severly disabled product

    • Written by from Schaumburg

    I was stupid. I read Apple's description but didn't read the reviews first. I should have. My goal was to display the ipad, show use of it, bring up web pages to do training on them, display our web based reports, etc.

    Turns out this hardware requries that the App be written to support it. So far the only app I found that does is YouTube. That's it. Safari, no. Email, no. The OS itself, no. Until Apple changes the OS to send ALL video out, regardless of app, my suggestion would be to NOT buy this unless your whole goal is to watch YouTube via your iPad on a bigger screen.

    74 of 84 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not play iTunes purchased video!!!

    • Written by from Bangor

    How can Apple advertise this as playing video when it does not play any iTunes purchased video???? It displays a protection error. Incredibly frustrating considering I just bought this today to play a movie in my hotel room and it won't let me. Huge let down.

    35 of 38 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Won't Play Protected Content

    • Written by from Canoga Park

    I was all excited to play stuff movies and tv shows I bought on iTunes on my HDTV... Then i press play and a little box pops up saying that "the connected device does not support playing protected content"

    I have a samsung but I am assume all tv's with a VGA connection will have the same BS!

    Dude Apple, Im not a pirate, I bought this "protected" content on iTunes... Do something to the signal so the idiots at samsung won't prevent me from watching the content i bought from you.

    78 of 85 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Waste of money

    • Written by from PLEASANTON

    It does not mirror the screen and has severely limited usage. That should be made clear in the product description.

    53 of 61 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Dont buy

    • Written by from Miami

    Apple knows or at least should know better. By saying: " see your videos and slideshows on the big screen", people dont expect that that is the only thing this product does. One expect to mirror the screen in the projector. I was extremely disappointed when I found out before my colleagues at the firm such lack of efficiency.

    25 of 29 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Jobs was not projecting from the iPad in his demo

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    Jobs' iPad demo was a smiple PowerPoint presentation, and not a mirror of his iPad screen

    15 of 26 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Just doesn't work as anyone would expect

    • Written by from Cumming

    I teach. In a crisis of lacking a computer to display web-based material on a projector, I ran to the nearby Apple store for this VGA adapter to use my beloved iPad. I was happy for an excuse to get it.

    I was dismayed to find that ONLY a couple Apple-approved apps may use it - and, incredibly, that does not include Safari.

    Worse, I could not even play a movie with it! Trying to salvage the purchase after class, I started a paid-for digital copy of _Watchmen_, only to be told the VGA display device was not "authorized".

    The intended and expected use of this adapter is obvious. That it refuses (not that it cannot for technical reasons, Apple _chooses_ not) to work that way should be made clear on the packaging, which it is not.

    Zero stars if I could give it.

    23 of 28 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very very limited and disappointing.

    • Written by from Arlington

    I just find it ridiculous that I can't simply use the external monitor as a mirror screen. Limited to selected apps! That was a dumb move... What about using it like Steve J. used it when he demoed the product? What did he have that is not supported with this version of the iPad and the cable?

    39 of 46 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Common Apple!!!

    • Written by from Dublin

    As it says it can be used to watch "video" and "slideshow", but they forgot to say that is it!!! Common Apple, you certainly can do better than this.

    22 of 27 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    CMON apple - get it together

    • Written by from Charleston

    Not a single purchased movie plays. Even photos cant be redirected. No app-agnostic way to push your app to VGA. Netflix displays a tiny porthole for viewing, filling about 1/3 the 40" bravia screen. I should have figured that when I noticed the plethora of unsold adapters at every retail store. This thing really turns me off to buying any future product apple makes in fear of it being crippled, and not because of technology limitations.

    19 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    VERY disapointed

    • Written by from SAN FRANCISCO

    Not a single 3rd party application will be able to use this adapter. It does NOT allow you to play purchased iTunes movies. I tried using it to play "The Naked Gun" and it wouldn't play.

    The only things I was able to make it work with are:
    - Videos that you encoded or podcasts
    - Photo slide shows (Not individual pictures, ONLY the slide show)
    - YouTube, only tried 2 videos don't know the extend that it works.

    This adapter is pretty much worthless and its getting returned ASAP.

    Big waste of money, don't bother.

    21 of 24 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Also Disappointing

    • Written by from Anaheim

    I didn't know that this only works with limited number of apple-built apps.
    Who'd think that a vga connector sends out seleected contents only?
    Why doesn't it just output whatever is on the screen?
    It's a nonsense!!

    23 of 25 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from LaPlata

    I have downloaded pages of apps and none of them will project! I suggest saving your money and using a document camera to share your iPad on a large screen.

    29 of 30 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    iTunes VGA output on the MacBook works - so what's the point? AppleTV is!

    • Written by from Solingen

    Ok, I'm also disappointed as mostly everyone is, but I don't understand why it doesn't work on the iPad. The MacBook/Pro does forward the screen signal thru a display adapter - yes, also all iTunes DRM protected movies. So what's the point of not doing this with the iPad? Also it's VGA, an analog video signal. While the MacBook/Pro does give out an analog and digital signal. I tell you what the point is - AppleTV. Why bother with buying an AppleTV if I can do the same with the iPad? For the bigger hard drive? Maybe - but maybe not. Get this fixed Apple it's just upsetting your customer! You know the one's that already payed money and spend more in your iTunes store. Don't do the same SONY does all the time and had most of their customer turning away by ridiculous DRM statements and products that just triad the real customer as they are the bad pirates. The only people you upset are your customers.

    31 of 33 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terribly limited

    • Written by from Irvine

    Don't buy this if you think that it will let you watch tv shows that you bought on iTunes. While it clearly wants to, and can display the show, It will immediately stop and says that the connected video device is not authorized to play the video. So so lame.

    24 of 25 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I don't get apple...

    • Written by from Frederick

    They make some amazing hardware and software and then in the very same breath hobble them. Love iPad for remote tech support but extremely limited for most other business ... Nonfunctional VGA adapter just one more con against the pros.

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Austin

    It's really unbelievable that we don't have full access to vga screen with this accessory. Also, I'm very disappointed that apple didn't disclose any of that in the sales pitch. I hope they can come to the decision to unlock some of the features so that we can present a full iPad on a larger screen format. The iPad is too good to limited by this terrible accessory.

    19 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Let Down

    • Written by from La Grange Park

    This is the first Apple product I have ever bought (well, maybe the Newton) that I can honestly say is hunk of junk. I logically expected the VGA output to be a mirror image of what is on the iPad display.

    Not so. All I am able to display is videos that I put on. It won't play iTunes video. It what display much at all. DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT.

    Shame on Apple in fact. I don't mind paying premium prices at Apple, and always feel I get great value. But this time I feel more ripped off than a pirated DVD in a Shanghai street stall.

    20 of 24 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Swing and a miss

    • Written by from Lompoc

    Lack of mirroring what's on iPad screen completely cripples this device. Hoping it improves with the OS update. Good for keynote but sad that as a teacher I can't switch from keynote to a webpage to show my students. Totally crippled when compared to a net book that can easily do this. Please update Steve jobs!

    24 of 25 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    don't buy except for personal projects

    • Written by from Nevada City

    surprise! this adapter was made to prevent you from watching movies rented through iTunes, or netflix, on any other screen than the iPad screen. Apple will not allow the iPad you paid $700 for to be used with a stand-alone monitor.

    This adapter usually works fine with your own home movies or Keynote, assuming you create all the content. If you include professionally created digital images you may get the *Unauthorized* message. You may occasionally get that message with keynote presentations you created entirely yourself-- I did.

    24 of 25 people found this useful