'Air Display' Updated to Support HiDPI OS X Mode on New iPad

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Last month, we noted that Avatron had announced forthcoming support for the new iPad in its Air Display software that allows users to add an iOS device as a wireless external monitor for their Mac.

    With the new iPad's Retina display running at 2048x1536, Air Display would be able to display a relatively large OS X desktop, but at very small size. But Avatron has been working to make Air Display compatible with the high-resolution "HiDPI" mode that has been quietly built into OS X. Apple has kept the HiDPI feature hidden by default due to an absence of any Macs with ultra high-resolution "Retina" displays that could use it to significant effect.


    Settings for Retina and HiDPI modes in Air Display Connect computer-side app for OS X (Source: MacStories)
    The updated version of Air Display is now available [App Store, $9.99], allowing users to set the new iPad as a 1024x768 HiDPI display, taking advantage of the device's Retina display to display the high-resolution elements and text present in OS X Lion.
    MacStories has some hands-on reports with the new version of Air Display, noting that the feature works very well without significant lag or compression visible when windows are still. When moving windows around the desktop, resolution is degraded as the app works to keep up with the on-screen movements, but for viewing relatively static content the app delivers "incredible image quality".

    Air Display is compatible with most Macs running Mac OS X Snow Leopard or later. Notably, late 2008/mid-2009 15-inch MacBook Pro models and early 2009/mid-2009 17-inch MacBook Pro models are not compatible with the Air Display Connect computer-side application when running OS X Lion.

    As we also noted last month, Apple's work on HiDPI mode is becoming more visible in OS X Mountain Lion, with the beta version of Messages available for OS X Lion showing some of the fruits of that labor to the public.

    Article Link: 'Air Display' Updated to Support HiDPI OS X Mode on New iPad
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 27, 2010
  3. macrumors newbie

    Oct 20, 2009
    Still broken and unusable

    Yay, now I get to watch my screen unintentionally flicker into and out of sleep in HiDPI! They need to pull this crap off the App store until it is no longer crippled by this bug:

  4. macrumors 601


    Oct 19, 2005
    I want to try this app, but I keep hearing about issues.
  5. macrumors 68030

    Amazing Iceman

    Nov 8, 2008
    Florida, U.S.A.
    It may make more sense to use an external Display ($100.00) than to waste your iPad's display acting as an external monitor.
  6. macrumors 601


    Oct 19, 2005
    If it worked well I could make use of it. Plenty of us already have an external display, this could be an additional.
  7. macrumors 68040


    Feb 12, 2010
    I saw HiDpi and immediately thought it was a news article about rumored MBP. Needless to say, I was sorely disappointed.
  8. macrumors regular

    Jul 11, 2010
    Its only a waste if someone else would be using it instead of you, otherwise its a waste NOT to use it when you could
  9. macrumors 68030


    Oct 6, 2008
    On the new Air's you can only have one external display, this makes an easy and cheap way to add a tertiary monitor if you already own an iPad.

    Also with the Air you have an awesome portable dual screen setup.
  10. macrumors 6502

    Jul 11, 2011
    It works okay. Not turning on HiDPI takes advantage of the faster GPU and you don't get much lag/choppiness at all. Now if you turn it on, man it's choppy and laggy.
  11. macrumors 65816

    Jan 1, 2007
    San Francisco
    Anyone know if it fixes the photoshop problem?
  12. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 17, 2005
    Lake George, NY
    What would someone use this for? This isn't a stab at the software... I just can't think of a use for it, and I'm legitimately interested.
  13. macrumors 68020


    Feb 16, 2012
  14. macrumors G3


    May 25, 2004
    to use as a small monitor on your desk to keep itunes, mail etc open.
    If it was on sale for like 5/6 bucks i'd give it a shot ;)
  15. macrumors 68040


    Apr 3, 2009
    A fullscreen VNC client on the iPad that connects to the Mac would work, but it would lag. I'm not sure how this overcomes that.
  16. macrumors newbie

    Aug 11, 2010
    I often take my Macbook Air and sit at Starbucks for a few hours working. It's really handy to have the iPad usable as a second monitor.
  17. macrumors 6502

    Mar 30, 2011
    Extended display/2nd monitor for static docs/images, low cost LCD tablet/stylus input device. Works great for me.
  18. macrumors newbie

    Oct 29, 2009
    ipad 2

    will this mode change anything for ipad2?
  19. macrumors member

    Aug 29, 2007
    Using it now. Sure, it's a bit laggy, so you might not want to watch videos, but it's fine for Mail, and, in my case, a folder in the Finder I need to see easily... Really happy to have it!
  20. macrumors 6502

    Dec 11, 2008
    Wirelessly posted

    dont want that app,bring me retina on mac book pro!
  21. macrumors regular

    Jun 9, 2003
    I use my iPad as my only monitor for my quad Mini with this app... Very little lag if set up right and you are close to the computer. Works great for me.
  22. macrumors 65816

    Jun 20, 2009
    Lincoln, UK
    I can see uses for this app, but my main interest in this story is how useable HiDPI is, so increasing they likelihood of retina Macs.
  23. macrumors 68040


    Mar 11, 2009
    So tempting... I'd enable this and then run a game at 1024x768 and marvel at it :D
  24. macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2011
    Neato! I might spring for this some day, maybe when it's on sale lol

    I often times use my iPad as a second 'monitor' to my MBA, but only in the sense that I'll pull up a website or pdf file or some other document from Dropbox and use it as reference as I type on my MBA. It works pretty nicely, and there's no additional cost to do it :)

    But, I certainly see the advantages of this app. I just can't put any good uses to it (in respect to my work flow).
  25. neott, Apr 2, 2012
    Last edited: Apr 2, 2012

    macrumors newbie

    Mar 13, 2010
    Just updated both the iPad and mac client....

    This is soooo laggy, But incredibly crisp.

    An idea of what you can cram onto the screen:


    Click to enlarge and bear in mind that this is on a 10" screen o_O
    (I'm not really looking at the HiDPI mode here just demonstrating usage!)

    I have been using this with Xcode for awhile now to view data models etc, would defo recommend it. Super crisp fonts and totally usable for stuff that you don't need a good refresh rate on ;)

    Very very nice!

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