iPad Pro Anyone tried using external monitors? (and keyboards)

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Giev, Jul 4, 2017.

  1. Giev macrumors member

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    Hi Folks,

    AS the title suggests if anyone has tried "docking" the iPad pro when at their desk using a an external monitor over HDMI, and with a BT keyboard.

    I do have an Apple BT keyboard which is only about 80g heavier than smart keyboard and I am curious how well the BT keybaord/ external monitor experience would be? Persoanlly when on the move I would prefer to travel light and use the onscreen keyboard, and when on a desk IMHO a fullsized Apple BT keyboard is much better than the ASK.

    Thoughts?

    PS: I know there is no mouse support.
     
  2. Puonti macrumors 6502a

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    I have yet to try the external monitor part, but I do use a BT keyboard with my iPad at home. It's a good experience in my opinion, with familiar alt-tabbing available between apps and keyboard shortcuts I'm used to using on macOS.

    The one negative thing I have to say is that for whatever reason iOS does not appear to keep up with some quick shortcut sequences. I sometimes notice that I have to re-do them, for instance when quickly swapping between apps.

    Even so, I do prefer the physical keyboard for writing longer messages when it's available.
     
  3. Anonymous Freak macrumors 601

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    As you say, the big problem is no mouse support - so you'd have to have the iPad somewhere easy to reach. The other big downside is that the iPad will only mirror its own display or send video - and when mirroring its own display, it WON'T be at the external display's native resolution - so it will look pretty bad. You lose all the sharpness of the iPad's built-in display, and any sharpness the external display may have.

    If you really want to work on an external display with an external keyboard, just get a "real computer". I'll believe Apple is serious about declaring the iPad a "computer replacement" when they allow running an external display at its native resolution, and add mouse/trackpad support.
     
  4. Giev thread starter macrumors member

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    Well, I do have a 15 inch MacBook Pro. I am just wondering if I could leve the MBP at home on some days and just carry the iPad Pro. On the move, I dont need a keyboard or external monitor, but when I get to the office using an external display would be nice, hence the question.
     

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