Love the iPad. I take it to every meeting. Recently started connecting it via VGA adapter to projectors and monitors for presentations I give. But I have to admit I am pretty disappointed that unlike a laptop, not everything you see on the iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch screen will appear on the attached projector/monitor.

You’ll need to test in advance so you don’t look foolish.

From what I’ve tested and learned, the iPad, iPad 2 (+ presumably the 3rd gen “new” iPad), iPhone 4, iPod Touch (4th gen+), these apps that I own have worked with the VGA adapter:

  • Keynote
  • Photos slideshow (loaded into device from iPhoto)
  • Videos (loaded into device from iTunes)
  • YouTube
  • Adobe Ideas
  • ProPrompter
  • Netflix

These apps I own do not work:

  • Safari browser
  • Pages
  • Numbers
  • iBook
  • Dropbox
  • Evernote
  • Google Earth
  • Notes
  • Talk Timer
  • Photoshop Express
  • Palette
  • Palettes
  • Peppermint
  • SimpleMind+


  • Charge your iPad before a long presentation because you can’t charge your iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch while the VGA adapter is plugged in.
  • Audio is only played through iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch’s speakers.
  • Can’t display Safari web browser if you need to show websites in real time. (Work around is to take screenshots and embed in Keynote before your meeting.)
  • Can’t display PDF files. I tried using iBook, as well as accessing from Dropbox and apps.

Please share your experience with any apps I didn’t mention in the lists above.

Hope you find this helpful.