We already talked here about the Luna Display, from Astro HQ, and comment on its undeniable uses in transforming the iPad (mini, “regular” or Pro) on a secondary screen for your MacBook [Pro, Air]. But a new facet of the little accessory has been revealed now that Apple has introduced the new Mac mini: connecting the device to the new Apple computer, the iPad can become not a secondary monitor, but the machine’s only screen.
The novelty is not the result of an update to the Luna Display software, or anything like that: the configuration works with existing versions of the application, without any extra adjustments – just that the Mac mini is turned on and the Astro HQ utility is running ; when you plug the accessory into your Thunderbolt port and open the corresponding app on the iPad, the macOS interface will appear there automatically.
This gives owners of the new Apple desktop a number of options: many people use the Mac mini as a computer without a “head head” – that is, as a server or connected to a TV, which may be used to display others signals. With the possibility of using the iPad as the machine’s main monitor, you significantly expand your capabilities and still gain an extremely flexible way of working; after all, just plug the Luna Display into your computer and have the freedom to use it wherever you want in your home via the tablet screen.
If you have one iPad Pro, the benefits are even greater, since the Luna Display app supports Apple Pencil and you have, in one stroke, not only a main monitor but also a high precision tablet. The possibilities are really interesting.
For those interested, Luna Display costs $ 80 on its official website. Astro HQ also launched an instruction page to set up the iPad as a monitor for your Mac mini – there is no mystery, just select an administrator account to automatically log in to the machine when it is turned on and download the connection apps on Mac and iPad. Enjoy!