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iPhone Lightning to Digital AV adapter reliability


macrumors newbie
Original poster
Jan 2, 2010
I'm interested in purchasing the "Lightning to Digital AV Adapter" so that I can connect my iphone6 to the HDMI port on my HDTV. However when I go to the Apple web page which offers this accessory product for sale and I click on the "Reviews" link, it appears that 75% of the reviews give the product only a 1 star rating with pretty much unflattering comments. REALLY? 75% Would one purchase a new car if 75% of the reviews said it didn't work?

Essentially the 1-star reviews indicate that the product fails to meet customer expectations (i.e. it either doesn't work or fails over a course of time). I contacted Apple to inquire if their knowledge base indicated that there were any reliability issues with this product which Apple addressed in the past and has since corrected. I was told by the online Apple agent that there was no indication that the product had any technical issues at all. They told me that the item has a 14 day return policy. So if the item fails, let's say, after every 3,4,6 or maybe 12 weeks, it would become an expensive proposition to continue to buy this accessory at $50 a clip on a regular basis. (ok, who would ...) If a product on the Apple website itself has a 75% critical/negative review & approval rating, why would Apple continue to sell such a particular accessory if it had, certainly, what appears to be a reliability issue based on actual user feedback ?

So I'm wondering if I'm missing something here that would allay my concerns about purchasing this product? Maybe ALL these unhappy users don't know how to use it? (yeah, I know... don't use vise grips on it, don't bang it in with a hammer, don't secure it with duct tape, don't use it while sky diving ... LOL) Anyone have any experience with this? I've always respected Apple's commitment to high quality. But these reviews justifiably have me concerned. Any experience out there with this accessory failing? Thanks. Ed


macrumors 601
May 30, 2010
So if the item fails, let's say, after every 3,4,6 or maybe 12 weeks, it would become an expensive proposition to continue to buy this accessory at $50 a clip on a regular basis.
It has a year's warranty.

And, of course, reviews are biased insofar that you are far more likely to leave a review if you have a negative experience.

There isn't - and won't be - a better third party solution. Lightning has no native video out, so the adapter is pretty complex.


macrumors regular
Aug 9, 2010
West Louisiana
I have a model A1438 that I use to connect an iPhone 6+ and an iPad 4 to a Sony "dumb tv" and a Samsung smart tv. I watch Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, slideshow pictures, and have been very pleased with the results. I have used it for several years now.
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macrumors regular
Mar 16, 2010
Bloomington, IN
I have both the 30 pin to Digital AV and the lightning to Digital AV adapters use them all the time in hotels to watch netflix and itunes movies/tv on a variety of hotel tv's from Ipad 3, iphone 5s, iphone 7 plus. No issues ever, must have accessory for me. Edit to comment on longevity, the 30 pin adapter has been in my briefcase for ~5 years, the lightning for ~2 years. I have never had one fail although the connector is constructed a lot like the stock lighting cables that tend to fray and fail.


macrumors 6502a
Mar 7, 2009
Slovenia, EU
Have been using it for the past 4 years with different iPhone models. I use it exclusively for giving lectures. Keynote, iPhone, connect to projector. It has never failed.

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macrumors 65816
Apr 13, 2017
I use the original apple adapter to connect to my TV set,and my video projector both with iPhone 6 and my iPad Air 2,never seen any problems when playing hd video,or using game apps.
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