Where do you get your news? Hopefully from more than one cable TV channel. If you’re an RSS newsreader user then you are among the growing number of the 21st century who indulge themselves in variety.
Me, too. I track a few dozen technology and Apple-oriented websites these days and one of them is Dennis Sellers‘ AppleWorld.today. What you won’t find much of there are the regurgitated news items that seem to be common elsewhere. I found two articles which caught my fancy.
Mouse & Screen
The first item is about using an iPad Pro as a screen for a Mac mini. I use, thanks to the Duet apps, an iPad Pro as a second screen for a Mac notebook, but the Mac mini doesn’t come with a screen. It needs a screen.
I don’t have a Mac mini to try with Duet and my iPad Pro, but I haven’t found anything that says it cannot be done. But let’s say Duet doesn’t work as the display for a Mac mini.
Here’s my solution.
Screen Sharing. First, a Mac can be used to bring up a Mac mini’s so-called screen by using built-in Screen Sharing on macOS, but I use ScreenSharingMenulet because it’s easier. In essence, your Mac gets a window that lets you view and use the Mac mini– or, any other Mac– right from within a Mac screen, including keyboard and mouse support.
Jack Miller explains how to use Duet as an external display on the Mac.
What about iPad? Screen sharing works there, too. I use the Remotix app for my iPad Pro but there are a number of such utilities which enable remote– and local– screen sharing. That brings a Mac’s screen right to the iPad’s screen.
Ever the clever thinker, Dennis has another issue that is close to home for those of us who use keyboards on our iPads. Mouse support. Why? Competition is catching up to iPad’s usability, most specifically Microsoft’s Surface Go and Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 4 tablet.
Both devices blur the lines of differentiation between notebook tablet hybrids and iPad tablet competitors– with iPad stuck in the middle. A new iPad Pro model with mouse support, Face ID, and more tablet goodies would help to clear up that blurred differentiation.
Clearly put, the iPad needs mouse support to go along with keyboard support, and macOS and iOS screen sharing could use more options– like using the iPad display as the mini’s display.