• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Unaware of limitations before purchasing

    • Written by from Keene

    I teach high school and thought the vga iPad dock connector would allow me to project everything I see while using the iPad, but alas there are severe limitations to which applications will show on the classroom LCD projector.
    I wish I had known this before purchasing the connector. The Apple Store description says the connector will display slideshows and movies, but I didn't realize that was it...

    9536 of 10562 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Sending mine back because it doesn't enable mirroring.

    • Written by from Draper

    Once again I get suckered into buying an overpriced iPhone or iPad AV connector because Apple cleverly omits the fact that it only works with certain apps. Don't they realize that people buy these accessories mostly to do demos of apps, or to mirror whatever's on their device's screen? This basic scenario does not work with this adapter. I found that it only works when playing video, or if you're a developer and you write special code in your app to support an external screen. So buyer beware...

    7246 of 7997 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Very limited!

    • Written by from Miami

    Limited to certain apps and even movies that were purchased through the iTunes store are blocked from displaying. Apple should be more specific about this!

    6000 of 6589 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Interesting choice of capability...

    • Written by from Kalamazoo

    As an electrical engineer trained in both hardware and software development, I find it interesting that Apple chose to activate video output only in Keynote and Videos (I have not found other apps that output video, but there may be). This limits the utility for me; I tend to not only give canned briefings, but demonstrate, in real time, image and signal processing algorithms, as well as display photos. I wish that Apple provided, out-of-the-box, the ability to mirror the display.

    Having said that, I have seen an iPad that was "jailbroken" only for the purpose of adding a 28kB patch that does just that...mirrors the video. Apparently, in a matter of minutes, it's possible to "fix" the Apple-imposed limitation. This tells me that it's not some hardware or software difficultly, but apparently something political limiting that function(if you can believe that)....

    The cable is well-built, and certainly outputs the video signal (when its present) clearly. But be aware that, unless you give Keynote briefings only, you may find that it's not a useful option.

    218 of 242 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Buyer Beware!

    • Written by from RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK

    Make SURE you read the list of apps that work with this adapter as it is quite small. It is NOT just a way to mirror your iPad or for example, watch a Netflix movie on your TV as you will get NO output from anything but the few listed apps. Lets hope this is fixed in a future software update.

    95 of 99 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

    Marketing Information (limited!)

    • Written by from Lethbridge

    I purchased an iPad AND this adapter because I teach post secondary and thought it would be useful and convenient and interesting to incorporate into my classes! Downloaded, ALL necessary apps like pages, keynote, etc. etc. to be able to use Mobileme to share works and created a really slick plan for myself- only to find that iPad only has keynote, movies/youtube for a 2nd display??? really??? wow....

    92 of 100 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Wasilla

    Like others, I assumed this would project whatever is on the iPad screen (working the same way it does with a laptop). So maybe this will come later...

    But, the big problem is that I can't project movies which were purchased in the iTunes store. Music videos from the iTunes store do just fine, but when I try to project a purchase iTunes store movie, I get a message that says these movies are not authorized.

    Surely, iTunes movies should work. What's the deal, Apple? This facility (connector) was on of the things that convinced me to buy an iPad. It would be nice to know if there is going to be a fix...

    78 of 83 people found this useful

  • 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

    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

    Too limited, for no reason

    • Written by from Santiago

    In the store i was told I could see everything in my Ipad screen. But for now, only video. I cant project photos!! Why not? It seems its only a software issue, thus Apple doesnt want people to do that. Can´t understand. And one might want to show other content such as web pages, notes, spreadsheets, etc.

    59 of 67 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not very useful

    • Written by from Bragg Creek

    Like the others, I figured it would output all that was on the iPad's display. I was disappointed when it didn't, but thought I could at least watch a movie on my TV. Nope, the movie I bought directly off iTunes "cannot be played on an external display". Since that, I have tried the thing twice more and haven't been able to get it to output video at all from any app or video - including videos I've taken myself and imported to the device.

    Fail, Apple. Fail.

    55 of 63 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Works but w/o charging opportunity

    • Written by from Bad Dürrheim

    The adapter works fine - I've used it quite often for presentations instead of carying around my Notebook. (five stars for this)

    The huge disadvantge of the adapter is, that it does not allow charging of the iPAD while using the VGA adaptor. That means prior to using the iPAD for a presentation you have to ensure that it is fully loaded. (zero stars for this)

    I don't understand why Apple has not build in a small USB port or a Dock connector to allow charging like they have done it with the HDMI Adapter....

    52 of 60 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    only for youtube video

    • Written by from san francisco

    i purchase one, use on my iphone 4, except youtube, other apps are not working, no signal to display.

    51 of 58 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not what I had hoped

    • Written by from Brielle

    I went out a bought this cable as well as downloading a movie from iTunes for the purpose of a presentation in a graduate class. When I gotto class I got it all hooked up, but cannot play the movie due to copyrighting? Youtube is missing the scenes I need, but it does work to play through theh VGA (I guess no copyright problem there) so I wasted 30 bucks on the connector then another 10 on the movie, and I am stuck just using the DVD for the movie clips. I was told it works through AV, but I don't have that option with our classroom technology. This is an issue that needs to be fixed or at least pointed out on the packaging of the connector, or in the information somewhere. It ran netflix through, but not amazon. I am sure having the connector will come in handy at some point, but I would have liked to know it wouldn't work for the purpose I purchased for

    47 of 53 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    I should've read the reviews!!

    • Written by from Kanata

    What a waste! I thought I could project my home screen and everything I do... I can't! Very, very disappointed!

    49 of 58 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by

    I used this with iphone 4 before and it worked (only for tv-out like photos, ipod videos and powerpoint slideshow), but later it doesn't work anymore. I think after I updated my ios to the latest version, this thing was really useless to me. So up till now, I'm still waiting if Apple will update the ios again but with this issue fixed. =(

    47 of 56 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Works fine for what it is, but limited

    • Written by from Vancouver

    Very limited in the content that it will send to a large screen display - many videos simply won't work. This wouldn't be a problem in and of itself, but Apple really doesn't make the limitations clear prior to purchase. A more accurate product description, including details of what it will and won't support, would avoid the frustration.

    41 of 44 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not Exactly Love

    • Written by from Huntington Beach

    I used the VGA adapter into my LCD with my iPad 1. Video games worked, photos worked, YouTube, videos all worked. However, I was not able to view a powerpoint presentation, spreadsheet or Word doc, through DocsToGo or Dropbox, which is why I wanted it. I dream of presenting to a client off my iPad rather than laptop, but it remains to be seen, no pun intended. So buyer beware depending on what you want to use it for.

    42 of 47 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not what it seems

    • Written by from Spring Valley

    I purchased this to use in my classroom, but it only works for video and moving pictures.

    47 of 58 people found this useful