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jjk454ss

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I need to finally upgrade my old MacBook. But I rarely use a computer so I am looking for an affordable way to go. I’m wondering about a Mac Mini but don’t want a monitor and all that laying around. I’m wondering about using it without a monitor and using my iPad as the display.

Would this be a reasonable option? I’m curious about Universal Control and if that would allow me to do it fairly well.

If I need to I could hook it up to my TV then use the iPad, but I think I’d prefer it not even hooked up to the TV if I didn’t need to. With UC does it work without another monitor? If I had it hooked up to my TV could I operate it with the iPad in another room close by? Any other options/ideas for me?

Thank you for any suggestions or help
 

Rich B22

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I need to finally upgrade my old MacBook. But I rarely use a computer so I am looking for an affordable way to go. I’m wondering about a Mac Mini but don’t want a monitor and all that laying around. I’m wondering about using it without a monitor and using my iPad as the display.

Would this be a reasonable option? I’m curious about Universal Control and if that would allow me to do it fairly well.

If I need to I could hook it up to my TV then use the iPad, but I think I’d prefer it not even hooked up to the TV if I didn’t need to. With UC does it work without another monitor? If I had it hooked up to my TV could I operate it with the iPad in another room close by? Any other options/ideas for me?

Thank you for any suggestions or help
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jjk454ss

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Try this article

Thanks. I have seen that before. And while it’s definitely an option I was hoping Apple had created a solution now, without the need for third party software
 

Fatus_Asticus

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I have my mini attached to a 65 LG OLED. Works nicely. I'm using it as a Plex box, NAS type device that happens to be able to do a lot more. Overkill, but that I what I wanted. I have a cheap ass windows keyboard I use wireless and most of the time the computer just does its thing. If I need to connect I can use my MBP or my TV depending on what is convenient. If my wife is using the MBP I can use the TV with the keyboard. Best of both worlds.
 
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Ashbash75

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I had a mac mini running as a server for a while. I used a dummy hdmi HD display emulator and used VNC on my ipad if I needed to do anything on the mini.
 
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