Can iPad pro be hooked up to PC monitor and used as a PC?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by EightyTwenty, Feb 18, 2017.

  1. EightyTwenty macrumors 6502a

    Mar 11, 2015
    Similar to the Microsoft Surface?

    Might be fun to use iOS on the desktop.

    Looked all over the place and only saw threads of videos of people connecting it to a TV 3 years ago. Nothing recent.
  2. Shirasaki macrumors G3


    May 16, 2015
    Impossible to be used as PC.
    But if you have a display supporting airplay, then you could use iOS with that display.
  3. millydog macrumors 6502


    Oct 21, 2007
  4. bensisko macrumors 65816

    Jul 24, 2002
    The Village
    You can connect an iPad to a monitor, either using AirPlay (as suggested above) or a Lightning to _______ (VGA, DVI, HDMI) adapter (most of which come in two flavors - just the port or the port + lightning so you can charge while projecting).

    The hiccup is that you still need to use touch on the iPad (there is no mouse support) to navigate and click (a Bluetooth keyboard can still be used).

    These solutions are meant more for projecting for an audience and not so much as using as a desktop PC.

    However, you could have a Mac (or PC) connected to the display and use the desktop computer to remotely control the iPad - in which case you can totally use the mouse and keyboard. You would be okay with touch points that require a click, but anything requiring gestures are harder to pull off with a mouse.

    In short, it's not really possible to use the iPad as you suggest at this time.
  5. Appleaker macrumors 68020

    Jun 13, 2016
    Yes, of course you can hook it up* and use it as a desktop** because it's a computer!***

    * External displays will only reflect the iPad display.
    ** Any interaction (other than typing) has to be done through the iPad display.
    *** No mouse support. No window support. No desktop applications.
  6. Precursor macrumors 6502a


    Sep 29, 2015
    One other problem is the odd display ratio. You'll have black bands on both sides on the monitor display
  7. EightyTwenty thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 11, 2015
    So it's a RESOUNDING "no" to the original question, it seems. :D

    No mouse support is an absolute deal breaker.

    "Super computer"... my ass.

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