• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    More Useless than it should be.

    • Written by from NORTH HOLLYWOOD

    I agree with many of the complaints about the VGA adapter and found it pretty useless for my own use. One thing it has taught me is that I should never ever buy/rent any video from the iTunes store because the DRM limits it from being played on an external display. I have this same problem w/ my Mac mini server hooked up to my TV. That said, much of the complaints are a bit unreasonable. People seem to expect that the device mirror the iPad screen. This would actually be a horrible idea for Apple to impose. The true benefit to the second screen is that an app developer can choose to use it appropriately. If you are giving a presentation, you want your notes and slide controls on your iPad and the presentation on the 2nd display. Consider another hypothetical app where you could play a game like Pictionary with a group. The person using the iPad gets the word to draw and tools to draw but the rest of the group only sees the resulting drawn picture and timer. Some apps may actually benefit from straight up mirroring but that should be up to the developer. The problem is that not many apps even including Apple's own take advantage of the external display. I hope this changes and as a iPad user regret buying the overpriced adapter. As an iPad developer I'm excited about what I'll be able to do with it and need it for testing. A chicken or the egg conundrum arises though. I'm not going to spend too much time working on external display features at the expense of other features if people don't have this adapter and/or actually use it. It needs developers to utilize it for it to work but it also needs users to buy and use it for developers to want to do that. Perhaps Apple should have included it with every iPad for free to entice developers to utilize it. Summary: Great Idea, poor planning and execution. If you aren't a developer, I'd hold off buying this unless you are doing Keynote presentations.

    21 of 24 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Dissapointed and looking for quick fix!

    • Written by from Stockton

    I am a Superintendent of a good sized District and I have been test driving the iPad to determine if we can use this in our nearly 1000 classrooms. Until we can mirror the full iPad screen the iPad falls severly short of meeting its potential in the classroom. I truly hope that Apple gets this issue resolved quickly.

    22 of 26 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

    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

    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

    Useless for iTunes movies

    • Written by from Crockett

    What's the point Apple?! I pay $400 for an iPhone 4s, buy movies LEGALLY on
    ITunes, buy this adaptor from YOUR store. And it doesn't even output my movies to monitors! Please fix this NOW!

    21 of 26 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Product Breaks

    • Written by from Leland

    I am in a school here, where we use these in the classroom to project. Unfortunately, teachers keep wondering why they can't get theirs to work. Well, the cables look perfect, but something inside them gets loose or jarred, and the connection between the iPad and the VGA breaks.

    If this products gets a decent amount of use, it appears to break. For a $30 product, I would hope for a better lifetime on these. May as well be a $10 knockoff if I should expect to replace them quickly.

    21 of 27 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    wouldnt buy again

    • Written by from Lawton

    I bought this for one of my classes. Sure, the adapter worked but it is over priced. I also couldnt get the screws of the vga cable to stay in so during my presentation I had to use one hand to hold the to parts together. I wont be buying another one.

    24 of 33 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not support itunes movies from iphone 4 to projector

    • Written by from Ottawa

    I don't understand why itunes movies won't work with this adapter. I had planned an outdoor movie night with family and put a number of movies on my iphone 4 to use as part of the event. The itunes movie I planned on showing didn't work - there was a message about the device not being supported. However, luckily I had put some non-itunes movies on the iphone, movies that were downloaded from the internet. Those ones worked and it looked awesome. So if you get this device make sure you get your movies by downloading them from the internet and not by purchasing them on itunes. Apple should resolve this issue through a software update on devices.

    25 of 35 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointing

    • Written by from Torrington

    Wish you could mirror displays. If running a presentation and want to show audience something from the web, the iPad can't do it. We all know it CAN be done. Please fix this in the firmware.

    17 of 19 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not useful without app support

    • Written by from Redwood City

    Easy to connect & use - if the app supports video out like Keynote and Videos. The iPad OS currently does NOT support mirror mode, neither does Safari :( This is a major disappointment. I hope Apple enables video-out in more apps and a general mirror mode in OS 4.x -- ASAP!

    19 of 24 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    VGA Cord

    • Written by from Milwaukee

    I use the VGA cord with the IPad2 that I have at school. When I use it with the new iPad is does not always connect. I am wondering if it is because of the new iPad being HD. If I do get it to connect I can not move it or it will not work again.

    25 of 37 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Misleading

    • Written by from Westfield

    Product works well but description is misleading.
    The description states that you can watch video on your LCD projector with this connector. I tried to watch a TV show that I download on itunes and found out that this was not possible. I wasn't thinking this applied to video you have taken yourself. I am sorry that I purchased the show through my itunes. Only a kid wants to watch shows on a tiny screen. I’m very disappointed.
    Also, only limited apps can be viewed.

    17 of 21 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

    It cannot always be securely attached

    • Written by from Radovljica

    I have bought the VGA adapter with a single purpose in mind: to deliver Keynote presentations as a guest lecturer. I travel light with my iPad, the projector and VGA cable are supplied for me.
    That was the idea. I turns out that the Apple VGA adapter can only be securely attached to a certain kind of VGA cables with the extra long screws. And these are few and far between. So most of the time I end up with the insecurely attached cable that occasionaly detaches during the presentation.
    And this fact is CONSTANTLY DISTURBING MY WORKFLOW! Any proffesional will agree that giving presentations is all about concentrating on the subject and not thinking about the equipment. Attention to details, Apple?

    19 of 26 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    not useful for pictures

    • Written by from MADRID

    I bought the VGA adapter thinking I could show/ discuss with my colleagues some pictures of clinical images I had. Alas! I can't. NOw I know I would have to buy keynote and make a slideshow ... I wish the apple store had been more explicit about it.
    "It's a nice cable to seat in a box".

    13 of 15 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

    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

    Needs 16:9 720p widescreen option

    • Written by from YORBA LINDA

    It should give an option to pick certain resolutions. Most people don't use 4:3 monitors anymore and this just stretches the image/video and really kills the seamless "Apple" experience we all love (and paid for). Please consider this in an update. It'd be nice to see widescreen resolutions at least using this cable.

    16 of 21 people found this useful