iPad USB-C to 4k Monitor: What is your use case?

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  1. MareLuce macrumors 6502a

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    Just curious...

    What is your use case for the iPad USB-C to 4k Monitor feature?

    Will you use it to... watch iPad videos on a computer monitor?
    or...
    ?
     
  2. akash.nu macrumors 604

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    Unless it can charge the iPad at the same time it’s kind of pointless because the battery will deplete too fast for me.
     
  3. kasakka macrumors 68020

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    If the iPad offered support for the Apple Trackpad then I could use the iPad almost like a desktop system. For just video watching I'd rather use a Chromecast to stream it to my TV.
     
  4. Tinototem macrumors regular

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    When i am traveling i am using PLEX to sync movies and tv-shows to my iPad so i can watch them offline. I will bring a USB-C to HDMI cable so i can plug in my iPad to a TV and watch my content on a bigger screen.

    I am doing this at the moment with my iPad Air and lightning to HDMI adapter.
     
  5. akash.nu macrumors 604

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    Syncing with Plex?! I thought the iOS client only lets you stream from the server?! Apologies, new Plex user here.
     
  6. largefarrva macrumors 6502a

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    It’s not a feature that is useful for me at the time. Things could change, but for now I can take it or leave it.
     
  7. zhenya macrumors 603

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    New usb-c monitors are widely designed to output power for charging the device they are connected to.
     
  8. frou macrumors 6502

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    My use-case is trying it on day-1 then never using it again.

    Being tethered with wires is antithetical to how I want to use iOS devices
     
  9. secretk macrumors 6502

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    To be honest right now I can't come up with a lot of ideas on how to use it, but at least one came to a mind. I personally use the iPad at work during meetings. We have monitors (not 4K, but still big external monitors) and with HDMI anyone in the meeting room could share their screen to others participating in the meeting. That for me would be an useful feature. I am not talking about working with an external monitor 8 hours a day. That for me denotes the purpose of the iPad. Being able to share your screen during meetings though is useful. Especially with the pencil. In my line of work we use a lot of diagrams to discuss processes and ideas about software architecture. Being able to draft this on an iPad with apple pencil for me seems pretty neat.
     
  10. Johnny365 macrumors 6502a

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    I doubt usb-c will allow all video to pass through. I’m sure streaming services are not all going to work.

    I look at external monitor support as a second screen that shows different information than then output video, ala Wii U
     
  11. sledgehammer89 macrumors regular

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    I will use my iPad as my Mac replacement, because iOS and all Apps will switch to Desktop/"Marzipan" versions when connected to my 4K Monitor and Keyboard/Trackpad with Bluetooth.

    Using iPad Display as a "Trackpad" is a really bad experience and idea, if a cable is connected and with the camera bump.
     
  12. Tinototem, Oct 20, 2018
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    Mobile sync is a think on Plex but it requires Plex Pass. Its a really awesome feature. And one of the reason i am looking forward to the new iPad Pro is that the later versions of iPads and iPhones support H.265 so you no longer need to transcode the video, with the iPad Pro i will also be able to get one with more storage, thinking about 256 GB so i do not need to transcode them to a lower quality.

    PS. I also hope USB-C to ethernet is supported, then it will make it faster to sync movies and tv-shows from Plex to the iPad.
     
  13. Jimpilot macrumors 6502a

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    We use local monitors when training offsite. Works ok now with lightning to VGA but I suspect usb c to hdmi would work better.
     
  14. ericwn macrumors 68020

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    I don’t have a use case for something I cannot buy.
    However, streaming video is for ages already done with my Apple TV and AirPlay.
     
  15. Jimpilot macrumors 6502a

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    Not practical when on the road.
     
  16. loybond macrumors 6502

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    It's very useful for anything work-related or professional:

    Photoshop/photo editing

    Graphic design

    Art

    Video editing especially if they come out with fcpx for iPad, with the timeline on the iPad and the monitor/tv for media

    Split screen work (video on monitor/tv, office apps etc on iPad display


    You gotta welcome stuff like this. I'm dreaming, but imagine if Apple came out with fcpx and you could access external hard drives via usb-c. Or through the files app. The need for a computer would really start to disappear.
     
  17. Jimpilot macrumors 6502a

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    All real good points.
     
  18. gnomeisland macrumors 6502a

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    Both FCPX and Logic X on iOS would benefit from an external monitor—although a bit more in the case of FCPX because it would be the output display which is crucial but doesn’t require any touch puts to be useful.
     
  19. ericwn macrumors 68020

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    A simple video out as always will be that solution. Hardly a market that’s bigger than selling a hdmi adapter.

    Surely more functionality will be useful for the pro market, but it’s too early to say what will be possible.
     
  20. sandkal macrumors newbie

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    Streaming services work with the current lightning to HDMI adaptor, why would USB-C be any different?
     
  21. 007p macrumors 6502a

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    Correct, that’s a software limitation that won’t go away just because of usb-c. If the app doesn’t want to allow mirroring then they can disable it. I would expect even if this new usb-c external monitor mode was introduced, Apple will still implement this option some way or another for applications that wish to disable it.

    As good as usb-c could be on an iPad, I think people are quickly forgetting that the next biggest limitation of lightning is actually the software side. Just because you could plug any number of accessories into the port doesn’t by any means mean they will magically work, e.g. external storage - without the driver support and power restrictions lifted from iOS, they still won’t work.
     
  22. Jimpilot macrumors 6502a

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    That’s what I do now but 4K would be a welcome addition
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    It will be interesting to see how much Apple and developers will allow. It would be awful nice if they were to open it up.
     
  23. va1984 macrumors regular

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    I love the iPP and I am curious about its next steps. But sadly I doubt they involve grand plans for external monitors. The whole OS is built for touch, and apple is quite clear they’re not messing with that logic. So it’s gonna be limited to mirroring, or at best a dedicated video/photo/drawing preview mode as some of you said.

    But any active interaction will always require your eyes to be on the iPad, not on the external display.
     
  24. TheRealAlex macrumors 68000

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    I Hope. This is some kind Samsung DEX use case. Where when connected via USB-C to HDMI. We can use the iPad Pro as some type of Mac OS or iOS Desktop PC interface with Keyboard and mouse.
    Heck if my Note 9 can do it.

    And or use the new Apple Pencil with 3D Gyro motion sensors as some type of hand held mouse.
    Like a WiiMote type use.
     
  25. AceFernalld macrumors 68000

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    Would like to be able to use the iPad as a pseudo-desktop, same way I’d plug a laptop into a monitor
     

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