• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    does nothing with iPhone 4

    • Written by from Galena

    Despite the claims that this cable is compatible with iPhone 4 it apparently is not. I got this to use in my class to show students various bird-related apps and compare them to online resources and traditional field guides. Nothing, not just no mirroring, but no anything, photos, slideshows, nothing. C'mon Apple, you want schools to adopt etextbooks on iPads, time to make the iPhones truely compatible with LCD projectors. It can't be that difficult.

    25 of 32 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    USELESS!!

    • Written by from marietta

    WASTE OF MONEY!! and a lot of money too! doesn't output what is on the screen....
    is that such a hard concept to master, Apple? output to the VGA whatever is on the screen!! how hard is it to mess that up?? the idiot who designed this deserves to get fired.

    28 of 38 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple please listen to people's voice

    • Written by from lahore

    The biggest disappointment with the video output from the iPad is the inability to view Web pages and apps on any kind of external display. I suppose it is to limit watching unauthorised movies on big screen. Does Apple fear that iPad will become Apple TV replacement?? The reality is that out of people interested in buying this product, rarely any body would be primarily interested in watching big screen movies using iPad . If they want big screen movies, they can easily do so many in other ways. The main reason is education or use iPad as a scratch pad. It is a big shame that Apple is limiting the potential functionalities of such a great product as iPad.

    Come on Apple, how do yo hope to confront upcoming huge wave of tablet PCs if you are going to behave like this.

    20 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    DO NOT BUY.

    • Written by from Costa Mesa

    The only reason I even gave it one star was because it works for some apps, but not all. It can't show real time what you have on your iPad screen, and you can't play movies that you bought from iTunes on it. Pictures can only be shown in slideshow format, and it can't have any fancy transitions. Doesn't work the way it's described. Not a lot of apps that work well with it, and as a salesperson that does a lot of presentations via powerpoint, I have yet to find an app that does a better job at projecting a powerpoint presentation than my laptop. The iPad apps don't display the ppt files correctly and converting it to pdf as suggested in some websites doesn't make it look any better or work better at all. A big disappointment. Just make it so that it show everything I see on my iPad screen and it would be great. Limited use with limited apps... RIP OFF. DO NOT BUY.

    23 of 28 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Yuck..yuck

    • Written by from Dallas

    Did not display iPad on monitor. Very limiting, would not buy another Ipad accessory without checking reviews. Wasted 30 dollars on it!!!!!!

    22 of 26 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible! Doesn't mirror screen or play most movies. Don't get suckered!

    • Written by from Fort Monroe

    Don't waste your money on this worthless adapter. Doesn't mirror what you see on your iPad to the monitor. It only allows you to play movies and pictures. That wouldn't be all that bad EXCEPT you can't play half of what you own through itunes because it won't let you play protected movies or tv shows on external monitors. What's the point in having a VGA adapter if it doesn't let you display your content?!?!? Absolutely worthless!

    21 of 24 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 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

    I expected more from Apple

    • Written by from Homer City

    I'm a long time PC guy. My wife bought me the iPad for my birthday. I was excited, but a little frustrated by the limitations (no USB support or file support for example). Small gripe - live with it and enjoy the things it does do - like download and play HD video. Wait, I distinctly remember the Apple Sales Rep telling me that I could watch the HD videos on my big screen if I purchased the $29.99 iPad to VGA dongle. Sorry, can't be done. A VGA cable is not compatible with the HDCP anti piracy setup. Check the website - watch videos on your TV. But no mention that this does not include the HD video rentals (at $4.99 a pop). Where is the clarity and honesty that is supposed to set the Apple world apart from the Wacky World Of Windows? Glitchy products with misleading PR are something I've come to expect from Gates and Co. I'm dissappointed that during my first two weeks with Apple, I'm finding the same old thing.

    23 of 28 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I'm Mad

    • Written by from Orem

    This limitation thwarts my entire purpose in buying my iPad and now I'm going to have to pay a restocking fee. What's wrong with you guys? You should make these limitations known before we buy instead of keeling the information on the down low. Most displeased.

    19 of 20 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Horrible cable

    • Written by from Oxford

    Cannot mirror display, pointless.

    20 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Misleading

    • Written by from Houston

    Everything about the iPad is so perfect, but I really feel misled about this item and its capabilities/limitations. If you're thinking about buying this accessory, do not do it. Bye, bye, $30.

    19 of 20 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Junk don't waste your time

    • Written by from Beverly Hills

    It only works for video's. I returned mine.

    19 of 20 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't buy. Expensive and doesn't do much! Very disappointing.

    • Written by from Grand Rapids

    This is the worst purchase I've made at Apple. It basically doesn't show anything you really need to show. No netflix, no abc-app, no work productivity apps, nothing.
    Basically it's an expensive addition to display photos and videos only! (It may display numbers too, but that's about it). Waste of money!

    19 of 20 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointed

    • Written by from Verona

    Very disappointed. Feels severely crippled. Apple is known to make it easy for the developers to do the right thing. This is not one. There should be an OS-level mirroring function rather than requiring every developer to implement it on their own. It's understandable that there are situations where having a different view projected vs displayed on the native screen is desireable. But to make it the ONLY way is ill-conceived.

    19 of 20 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Way too limited

    • Written by from Semora

    I have not been able to use this once, I can't use it to play iTunes movies That I bought from iTunes. Also even presentations, which I guess is what this is designed for, do not allow me to adjust the resolution making it look terrible on my projector.

    Spent a few hours trying to find a use for it, couldn't so I returned it.

    21 of 25 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

    Embarrassing

    • Written by from Phoenix

    I had asked a few people to join me in a conference room to go over some material, some screenshots I had emailed to my account. Try as I may, the mail app would not display through this adapter. Luckily I was able to forward the same email to a colleague who had a PC laptop and he connected to the video display.

    Mail? Why not mail? Who's going to pirate video of my mail box?

    You just never know what will work and what won't.

    32 of 48 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    A bit disappointed

    • Written by from Atlanta

    I got a grant to buy iPad and the connector. When I hooked it up to the VGA projector and just cannot let it projected and worked. After I reviewed the comments here, I got it (only for playing some movies). and it costs 30 bucks. :-(

    18 of 20 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Useless until can show anything currently on the iPad screen

    • Written by from Holtsville

    I wanted to use this in an engineering business environment. The company standard is Windows, but the iPad is still useful to bring to many lengthy meetings to take notes (the Windows tablet battery doesn't measure up), and the iPad is so much more portable and comfortable. I wanted this adaptor to allow me to show whetever is on the iPad screen via safari, DocumentsToGo, etc. to a projector. Baring that, this is a useless product in business environment. Business meetings are dynamic jumping around a lot of data from many sources, not just a set of prepared slides. Apple should open this up if it wants to be taken seriously in real business.

    16 of 16 people found this useful