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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Display your iOS content on the big screen!

    Posted
    SteveL
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    Bottom Line: The Apple Lightning Digital A/V Adapter allows you to mirror iOS content and play videos to an HDMI display, but you might have to play roulette with the cables first. Pros: mirroring works well especially with its low latency for Apple Pencil Cons: setup not as easy as it should be, cable may not hold up well over time Review: My primary use for the adapter is to mirror my iPad Pro 9.7 content to a 1080p monitor in my office; in particular I'm annotating documents with Apple Pencil for an audience. For this purpose, the adapter works extremely well, since the wired cable provides low display latency. I was also able to stream iTunes video content without any issues (using iOS 11.4.1), although I have seen other reports of potential third party service (e.g., Netflix) compatibility issues. Unfortunately, the concrete walls in my office prohibit my use of the WiFi, so I can't test these issues myself. Setup was a bit more difficult than I think it should have been for this product. The adapter connects to your iOS Lightning port, and it has an HDMI port and female Lightning port for charging passthrough. Along with connecting the HDMI to the display, there are a few different permutations you can use to connect the cables. I initially connected 1) HDMI to display, 2) HDMI to adapter, 3) adapter to iOS device, and then 4) Lightning to adapter for charging. With this order, my monitor wouldn't read or display the signal, even though charging passthrough worked fine. After attempting some different permutations, I found the best order to be 1) HDMI to display, 2) adapter to iOS device, 3) HDMI to adapter, 4) Lightning to adapter. So, you might need to play a bit if you don't get your signal working right away. My other concern is that, once everything is connect, the adapter becomes somewhat "bottom heavy". As a result, the HDMI end of the cable is going to cause the adapter to flex underneath the male Lightning end unless you have the weight of the cable supported on a table. As many Apple users know, this is the most likely place for a Lightning cable to fray and fail over time, so there might be some long-term durability issues here.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Costs more for a good reason

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    joer293
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    The Apple HDMI adapter costs more for a couple reasons. I'm glad I spent the money. 1. Supports iTunes and copyrighted video! (other adapters usually are not mFI certified. If the description has you accept a compatibility warning, it's not Apple certified. they do not pay royalties, which means they won't support copyrighted or DRM movies such as iTunes, Netflix, Amazon video, HBO, etc. ) 2. it powers itself off the iPhone or iPad. Very power efficient too. (other adapters require a USB power adapter and they run hot) 3. This adapter is really an external video card. It has a GPU and 2gb ram ( the specs are better than others. This means when working correctly the phone should not slow down, freeze or lag anywhere near as much as other adapters cause) 4. The adapter automatically receives software updates from the phone/iPad without you having to do anything. 5. iOS allows separate audio output, so the video can go down HDMI, Audio can be HDMI, bluetooth or Airplay speakers. 6. all TV resolution format config is automatically the best available. 7. apps that support external monitors run simultaneously with the phone and full screen on the TV. (Presentations and games aren't simply screen mirrored and cropped with the black bars like some adapters ) Obviously Apple apps work great, but YMMV on whatever 3rd party apps you use. I'm very happy with the Apple adapter, but deduct 1 star for the following reasons. 1. Zero included instructions. There is a very specific connecting order one must do for it to work. First set the TV to HDMI input, then cable the HDMI to the adapter, then cable the adapter to the phone. anything else, blank screen. 2. The software update is so hidden that you have to look in settings -> General -> about this phone -> scroll all the way to the bottom to see the adapter menu and open it. Also this software update could take a minute or so the first time you plug it in. and you'll have to disconnect and reconnect a couple times for the newer software to take effect. 3. The HDMI resolution is unavailable to the user. If the TV does not properly tell the HDMI adapter what resolution or formats it can handle, then the apple adapter defaults to the lowest quality possible. This is common when plugging into a home theater setup and not the TV directly. If your resolution or quality is poor, unplug start over plugging directly to the TV to the adapter, then to the phone. 4. Apple does not include a couple feet of HDMI cable built in, like the old analog iPod AV adapter did

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Suspicions of planned obsolescence...

    Posted
    MairzanneDoseyDotes

    I purchased this adapter primarily to stream Netflix/HBOgo to my older tv. It worked as expected, and I was pleased. However, a week or so later it began having trouble connecting and I discovered the wire below the lightning connector had begun to twist and bunch inside it’s casing. (The connection would return if I held the wire the right way). I exchanged it for a new one and thought it was a lemon. With my new adapter I was very careful not to tug, twist, or otherwise stress the wires/joints. I always layed my phone and the device flat and straight while in use. Three weeks of gentle, careful use and I was having the same problem. I exchanged the product a second time and just now (2 weeks later) I am having the same issue for the 3rd time. I know I should have purchased the insurance that was offered, but frankly, even if I had, having to call it in every 3 weeks seems excessive. I would give this product 5 stars if it didn’t break down so readily. I’m generally brand-loyal to Apple but lately they’ve been letting me down in the durability department. I will be looking for a similar product by a different manufacturer.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great tool for those without WIFI

    Posted
    ScottDallas
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    I don’t have WI-Fi in my apt simply because i don’t wanna pay for it & otherwise don’t need it that much. I can backup my phone elsewhere frequently enuf to where wifi in my apt is virtually unnecessary. But it’s sometimes a bit inconvenient to not have my own wifi at home. Only 2 weeks ago i finally, after many years, replaced my oldfashioned 20” Sony Trinitron TV i bought for $350 back in 2003!! So i finally have a modern Smart TV & one of the things i was excited to be able to do is view YouTube videos, my own photos & videos, etc from my iPhone to my big TV. I was told by the salespeople when i got my TV that it could not be done at all without WiFi, period. So i began thinking i’d need to forget it unless i got wifi. But thanks to a really friendly & brilliant sales guy named Ty in the Best Buy in Flower Mound, Tx, i found this wonderful little gadget! I discussed with Ty & he walked me over to the iPhone accessories & showed this to me. It’s over $50 so kindof expensive, but a brilliant little item that enables me to basically show my iPhone on my TV. Next i want to find an “extension cord” for my iPhone power cord so i can accomplish this from several ft away. But this is a great little item & works really well. It’s as fragile as most Apple cables are- so handle carefully, but works great. Plus, as Ty pointed out to me- it enables powering your phone by wall charger simultaneous to projecting onto your TV. So if you want to “mirror” your iPhone to your TV without needing Wi-Fi, this is your answer!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for presentations

    Posted
    DoctorRx2010
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    I prefer to use "Keynote" on my iPad instead of Microsoft's Powerpoint when putting together presentations and lectures. This little gem has made it so much easier to set up my lectures in classrooms and board rooms that have large TVs instead drop down projector screens. I simply plug the lightening port into the iPad, the HDMI cable into the TV, and the display pops up within seconds (make sure you've tuned the TV to display the proper HDMI port). Then it's as simple as bluetoothing my iPhone to the iPad and using it as the remote for the presentation. There's even a second female lightening pot next to the HDMI port on the adapter so you can plug in a lightening cable connected to a wall charge to ensure your device doesn't power down due to low battery if giving an extended lecture. Well worth the money I spent. It's also worth noting that this can be connected to a digital projector with an HDMI input and projected onto a wall. You're not limited to just TV's. You can connect the apple device to any display with an HDMI input. I've used this not just for lectures, but also for showing slideshows of family vacations and mission trips to friends and extended family so everyone can gather around at once and I don't have to post everything to social media for them to see.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Does exactly what you want it to.

    Posted
    Mandela
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    My friend and I had been in Best Buy a few months earlier, where he had purchased a similar product, but for USB-C to HDMI because he has a Samsung Galaxy S8. He opted for the model that didn't have the port that allowed that phone to be charged while still displaying your phone's screen through HDMI onto whatever other screen your heart is content on. After several months of using this, we really started to regret not spending the additional $20 or so, because if the phone didn't have enough battery to get all the way through a movie that we were particularly into, the phone would die, and we would have to stop, charge his phone for long enough to hook it back up and finish the movie. That is the best part about this adapter in my opinion. The fact that it is either charging your phone, or keeping it charged, while you're streaming your favorite movies, games, YouTube videos, etc, onto your 72" in your living room. And with the advancements in the newer iPhones, plus just the general capabilities of HDMI, the resolution looks great on the much bigger screen. I just wish Apple wouldn't overcharge for literally EVERYTHING!. There is no reason a simple adapter like this should cost basically $60. Other than the price, the product is sound.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Works Great, no problems, no issues.

    Posted
    Shamboozle

    Works great to connect my iPad Mini 4 to the TV, using an HDMI cable, as well as connecting my iPad to a computer monitor-- and for that connection I use an HDMI to DVI cable. In both situations the adapter works great - no problems. Already have tried out watching a couple movies and videos on both the monitor as well as TV, and it works flawlessly. I did read some of the negative reviews, but decided I was going to buy & try it, and return it if there were any hiccups-- not sure why people have issues with this adapter. I did update my iPad mini 4 to IOS 11 a few months ago, so doing that update had not caused any issues like a few people had mentioned. The reason I am giving it 4 stars instead of 5 because: √ - It's expensive, even for the sale price of $40. BUT that sure beats the regular price of $55 for this adapter - REALLY? $55? √ - I had to buy a completely new adapter for this new iPad, versus the previous iPad 3 I used to own - that old adapter is now useless. Yeah, I know that plugs / adapters change with time, but while I like Apple because they are so reliable and their customer service is top notch, the cost to buy their adapters & equipment can be freaking insane sometimes. Now what to do with all those adapters that I still have for the iPad 3? Getting back to this Adapter --->If you're going to buy it, catch it when it's on sale for $40 or less.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Almost missed the game!

    Posted
    Kris
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    Was out of town for work on a Monday night and the rental house just had an antennae for TV reception so no ESPN, no Monday night football:( I have Verizon so I can watch all the NFL games but wasn’t looking forward to viewing the whole thing on my little iPhone 7. Ran to Best Buy fully expecting to have to pay over $100 for whatever it would take to be able to watch what was on my phone on the TV. Salesman first showed me AppleTV and while I’m sure it’s a great product, it was, as I expected, well over $100. Next option was this adapter. At $50 it was worth a try. Got back, started the game on my phone, plugged the adapter into the phone and then an HDMI cable from the adapter to the TV and it worked flawlessly. The picture on the TV was very good and the sound was as good as the TV speakers would allow. There’s an additional port on the adapter so you can be charging your device while it’s in use. Exactly what I was looking for. I’m going to take the adapter and a 10’ HDMI cable with me from now on.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent presentation device, charges too!

    Posted
    msawyer91
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    Have you ever been in a position of wanting to give a presentation with your iPad, but weren't really sure how to make it work? Then this Apple Lightning Digital A/V adapter is your answer. Just plug it in to your iPad (or iPhone or iPod Touch), connect to an HDMI monitor or TV and you'e instantly got output to that device. I use both Keynote and PowerPoint, and this adapter makes it easy to deliver a presentation. It's much more convenient to deliver the presentation from my iPad, rather than carrying around a laptop. I just tuck the adapter in my pocket, and when I'm ready to present, just plug it in. No waiting for a laptop to boot up. Plug it in, and instant presentation. I've found the adapter also transmits sound, so you can watch movies from your iPad on a TV--very handy for traveling! I also bought the VGA version of this same cable, since some conference rooms I go to don't have HDMI hookups. This one doesn't transfer sound, as VGA isn't sound capable, but handy nonetheless for presentations. The last thing I like is that the adapter includes a Lightning adapter next to the HDMI port, which can be used to charge the iPad while presenting. This is very handy for long presentations and movies, or just in case you forgot to charge and the battery was low.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good, not great.

    Posted
    Nathan
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    This adapter is good, but not great. Very easy to set up and worked right away. The price point was a little bit steep, but not too bad. The only gripe I have is that the picture quality isn’t as good as the last generation adapter was. The last generation provided a near perfect recreation, this one is quite blurred. I expected more from this adapter being that it is the latest version and an actual Apple product. The last generation adapter I had was also and Apple product, and cost even more. Back then I think it was around $70. For a survival adapter I’d give it 7 out of 10 stars. One really good thing about this adapter that I like over the last generation is that it is a true second screen adapter. You see everything mirrored from your device to the tv. The last generation only mirrored movies and YouTube, no pictures or screen menus. This one mirrors exactly what’s on your device’s screen..... minus the definition.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Requisite iPad to Monitor Implement

    Posted
    BestBuyBestBuyer
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    Works flawlessly out of the box. The only drawback is that the dimensions of the originating device (X, another iPad, more, presumably) are immediately—and, exactly—replicated. You have to go into Settings to, somehow, toggle to get full presentation (monitor side to side), which I have not done yet, simply because it is nice just to have what is presented to work with, to begin with. These little Apple gadgets are, essentially, priceless: I’ve, personally, given up on Word on a laptop; rather, it’s Pages or a wp app (anything but Word) like Drafts, etc., projected on my 27” HP. It works. It’s clean. You do enough MSW over a lifetime, it’s time, then, to reconfigure one’s wp output tools/technologies. This little gizmo does it. And, as always, my Best Buy SA was of excellent assistance. I love shopping in BB: it’s relaxing and it’s terrific, and they always readily have/stock all Apple accessories I need, or, that anyone would need. Thanks, BB!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Severely overpriced, but it works

    Posted
    Tlingit
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    At the time I bought this, I also bought a 3rd party adapter on Amazon that was less than half the price of the Apple Lightning to HDMI adapter so I could compare them. The first thing we noticed is that the 3rd party adapter had a substantially poorer picture quality on a 4K TV. Next, I tried both adapters running Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Prime TV, and the Xfinity TV app on my iPad Pro, and running them to a 4K TV. All of these streaming video apps worked with the Apple adapter except for the Xfinity app. None of them worked with the 3rd party adapter, it only worked with showing the iOS home screen, regular apps that don't stream video like Keynote and PowerPoint, and with iOS Safari. I think it is a shameless rip off that Apple even requires this adapter and won't put sensible ports on their iOS devices. And I think Apple severely overcharges for the adapter. But it does work, and works with everything I tried except for Xfinity TV.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Works Great! But it's expensive and it will break

    Posted
    KFabe

    This is my second Best Buy Lightning Digital A/V Adapter. My first one lasted about 2 years with moderate use. Originally this was lightly used to connect my iPhone to a television for training on apps. Later, it got more use as a connector cable for my Elgato capture card, to record iPhone gaming sessions. While it worked, it was aces! Plug and play, no problems. For the last month or so, I've been getting intermittent "no signal found" errors.Sometimes, I could wiggle the cable to get a signal, until the day I couldn't. I swapped out the HDMI cable, and checked it on two other devices, but no go. My $65 adapter was dead. I'm buying an exact replacement because it's on sale, and I have some BB Certificates, and I know it works. In researching some off-brand alternatives, while they were cheaper, the non-Apple products seemed to have some severe use limitations. I am disappointed that the adapter doesn't last as long as I'd expect from a $40-$60 Apple product that doesn't get that much use or handling (My Apple earbuds, for example, still work. My Apple charging cable still works - both get everyday handling, )

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Expensive, but works

    Posted
    teaman99
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    The price point is a killer for what you get. But it does seem to work. I bought it to connect my iPhone/ipad to an HDMI cord to plug into a projection screen. I can't really speak to any issues of picture degradation (because the picture quality is a function of the projection more than anything, I think), but, having said that, it looks good to me. The only tiny issue is that my directv app does not work in conjunction with this. When I read up on the issue, I think that may be an issue with Directv intentionally NOT making it compatible to thwart piracy or something. And it DID work with the old DirecTV app before I had to update the app, so probably some truth to that. Haven't figured out a workaround yet. But Netflix and Youtube work with it. Don't have Hulu, so haven't tried that. (beware if you try buying a cheaper knockoff of this, because the knockoffs sometimes don't work with the streamers).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Will be replacing often

    Posted
    Mommabear4
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    We bought this cord to hook the iPad to the kitchen tv and watch the news. Simple right. Well for a few weeks yes it was simple. Plug in and it mirrors the iPad simple enough. Then nothing will not work tried unplugging and plugging then iPhone and new tv? Still nothing. Bought another cable 2 month later and it was the same. Worked wonderful for about 2 months then nothing again. Very odd for a cable that was only moved to plug in the Apple product we were at the time using. Also not one cord but two? Almost wish my phone was Samsung for screen mirroring options :/. Anywho just a thought if wanting to buy this. It doesn’t last long and you will be buying new cords often.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Saved us from boredom

    Posted
    Redbird
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    While staying in a hotel a few weeks ago for a few nights, we quickly grew tired of the limited channels we had. I told my wife i had all of these movies on my iPhone and our cable app for our DVR service, wouldn't it be great if the made a product that i could connect my iphone to the tv using an USB post. She went to to work as she always does and found this! Best Buy to the rescue. So now whatever i have on my phone can be displayed on any smart/HDMI TV. I was a bit worried at first, when it was only showing the phone in portrait on the screen, but once i got to the movie the screen changed to landscape. So watching the movies and our DVR on a TV from my phone was so nice. I was not able to pare my phone to the hotel tv. It was worth the price. You'll also need a HDMI cable but those are cheap. Great buy!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Worked for some things, but not others.

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    Steve
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    This was suppose to allow me to send my I-pad screen to my large screen TV according to the Apple guy at Best Buy. It does work for photos, and videos on your I-Pad, but I purchased it to send my Xfinity programs that I can watch on my I-Pad with no problems, to a large screen TV when I'm away from home. But when you try to send it, the I-Pad comes up with a "Licensing Violation" and nothing is sent. I could understand it if it was on any device, but I can do the same thing on my HP laptop and it works just fine. Probably a licensing issue between Xfinity and Apple. I just didn't want to lug that laptop all over the place, but it looks like I will if I want to continue to watch my programs on a larger screen. I returned the item because it did not work as I was told, and it wasn't cheep by any means!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A little expensive, but works very well

    Posted
    JackBurton
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    Stopped by Best Buy to get this adapter for watching HBO Now through my iPad Air 2 onto my TV. It works incredibly simply. Plug and play. The iPad interface shows up in the center of the TV but not in 16x9 - but if you start watching a video like the latest episode of Game of Thrones, it will play full screen, 16x9 with no issues. This adapter plugs into the lightning port on the iPad/iPhone and has and HDMI port and a lightning port. Why the extra lightning port? So you can still plug into a power source while watching videos full screen on your HDMI TV. Perfect for longer movies sessions or catching up on a missed season of a show. Siri on the iPad can be automatically activated while plugged into a power source, so make sure to turn off that function while you are watching a show, or at some point Siri will react to the characters talking on screen! It happened more than once to me. ;-)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Uncertain Product -- Not worth the high price

    Posted
    Gangtok
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    I bought this open box for just $6 discount. Assuming this adapter will enable me to mirror my iPad (main objective) and iPhones on the big 50+ inches screens. Unfortunately the mirror was filling only half my screen, no matter what I tried for the settings on the monitor/tv. There were no settings available on the iPad/iPhones. Supposed to be just connect - and that part works fine. iPhone (16:9) mirror display was better. But iPad (4:3) aspect ratio was just underwhelming. So it was a disappointment. Looks like I am better off going via USB/Camera Connection kit and Lonelyscreen on my windows machine. Just have to look for something else -- but skeptical -- as this was a Apple product.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A must have for Sales People using iPads

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    RichH
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    For any road warrior sales people, this device has become a must have. It gives you the ability to hook your ipad or iphone directly to an HDMI cable so you can mirror your device on an HDMI capable projector or television. This is particularly useful if you have to demonstrate how apps work during a presentation. I've used the device several times for presentations and had no issues. Another thing that I found it does nicely is display movies from your tablet/smart phone onto an HDMI capable television. That has come in very handy when we've been on vacation and there was nothing of interest for the kids to watch. I could easily hook my iPad up and stream movies on the hotel TV. There is also a VGA version of this adapter that is useful when you run into older style projectors that don't have HDMI inputs. Overall I think it is a great product.

    I would recommend this to a friend