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

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

  1. Giev macrumors member

    Aug 20, 2013
    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.


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

    Mar 14, 2011
    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

    Anonymous Freak

    Dec 12, 2002
    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

    Aug 20, 2013
    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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