If you have a Mac and an iPad, there are some options for turning your tablet into a second computer screen. This comparative speaks of two of them, but basically you have to choose between a tool that works via the USB connection, taking all the flexibility out of the equation, or one that connects both devices via Wi-Fi, which almost always results in poor latency in the network. image transmission.
Well, if the promises of Astro HQ prove themselves true, we can finally have the best of both worlds. That's because the developer, founded by two former Apple engineers and responsible for already established mirroring applications like Astropad, is launching its first piece of hardware with just this proposal. Luna Display:
The small piece, similar to a stylish USB stick, plugs into your Mac's Mini DisplayPort or USB-C port (there are two models, one for each interface) and automagically begins to stream content from computer screen to iPad; all devices need to be on the same wireless network with the Luna app open.
The leap from the little red cat that she is able to access the full graphics capability of her Mac while Wi-Fi-based solutions rely solely on the software to work, Luna Display can have a direct connection to the chip. graph on your computer and directly obtain the information you need to get to the receiving application. This has a number of advantages: for example, on the "Monitors" screen in System Preferences, the device is shown as a second common screen, allowing all position and size adjustments.
Also, if you have an iPad Pro, you can use the Apple pencil To control the Mac, with all the benefits of the accessory if you use professional illustration software, then the tablet becomes basically an extremely elegant and accurate tablet. (An important detail is that to use Apple Pencil via Luna Display, you need Astropad Studio, which works via subscriptions and costs a salty $ 8 / ms.)
For now, Luna Display is still a Kickstarter project in the final stages of planning considering, however, that Astro HQ's goal of $ 30,000 has already been exceeded by over 800% (!) And that we are talking about a well-known developer and With a big name to look after, it can be said that this is a totally safe investment for those interested.
The accessory will cost, after the release, $ 80 (~ $ 250), but multiple contribution offers on the project page allow you to purchase one or multiple units for a promotional price. According to Astro HQ, any iPads running the device will be compatible with the tool. iOS 9.1 or higher and Macs running macOS 10.10 Yosemite or later but machines from 2012 or beyond will perform better, according to the developers.