New Ipad Pro as the only monitor for new Mac Mini, is it possible?

knucles_17

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hi,

I was wondering if it would be possible, now that now the ipad pro is USB-C, to connect the Ipad as the main display of a mac mini 2018. it Clearly does video out, how about in?

That way i could use the new mac mini all over without the worry of having as external display at my destination.

I know you could use it with duet display but you would need to disable the login password because duet needs to load in the OS.

cheers
 

jclardy

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Nope, at least not yet. iOS doesn’t have any video in functionality. I’d say there is a possibility of something like an Elgato Game Capture getting an app that will work with it via USB, but probably not anytime soon.

It seems to me like you would be better suited with a MacBook Pro as you would have a built in display and battery.
 

Shaddix-be

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You could use something like Luna Display, but I'm not sure you will be able to boot and use that as your main (only) display.
 
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ElectronGuru

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This article says you can use iPad Pro as a primary MM display:
https://9to5mac.com/2018/11/14/luna-display-ipad-mac-mini-touchscreen-display/
This feels like a paradigm shift. Stick a mini on the network somewhere and get a dual OS iPad:


"When you launch Luna, you’re running your macOS on your iPad; and when you close out of the Luna app, you have a regular iPad Pro again. It’s strange and exciting all at the same time, but once you settle into your workflow, it makes you wonder why this hasn’t been an obvious product pairing for Apple all along."
 

jdmagoo1

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How is this any different to all those VM apps that have been available for the iPad for many years?? I assume the performance might be better??
 

ElectronGuru

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How is this any different to all those VM apps that have been available for the iPad for many years?? I assume the performance might be better??
Touch > mouse looks more natural to me. Nothing less natural than sliding a mouse around to aim on an UI element, offsetting your finger do you can click and see st the same time.

But yeah, latency will be important
 
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Cape Dave

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This feels like a paradigm shift. Stick a mini on the network somewhere and get a dual OS iPad:


"When you launch Luna, you’re running your macOS on your iPad; and when you close out of the Luna app, you have a regular iPad Pro again. It’s strange and exciting all at the same time, but once you settle into your workflow, it makes you wonder why this hasn’t been an obvious product pairing for Apple all along."
Superb. Thank you. I wonder if you were running a Windows VM on the mini would that show up on the iPad too?
 
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