This won’t take long because the video is sufficiently exciting that you may just run out and buy a new Mac mini and a new iPad Pro (see how happy you’ll make the executives at Apple as you attempt to do what Apple doesn’t want to do, but you buy two new Apple products anyway) to get a Mac to run on a touchscreen iPad Pro.
Luna, Not Looney
The easy way to get a Mac with a touchscreen comes via the Luna Display; a hardware solution that takes any iPad and turns it into a second display for your Mac. One method we’ve covered in the past is the Duet app for macOS and iOS. It works with little more than a Lightning cable attached to iPad from Mac.
Luna Display is different and, with a headless Mac mini (by default, they’re all headless) you end up with something more akin to a Mac with a touchscreen than just a Mac with an iPad that substitutes as an second side-by-side display. Here you go. A touchscreen Mac.
No, your eyes are not deceiving you and it’s not some kind of Photoshop trick. It’s not even fake news. What you see is macOS running on an iPad display. Ipso facto and alakazam. A touchscreen Mac.
All you need is the Luna Display app and the Luna display dongle. Caveat? $79 for the hardware that does the magic.
As simple as that sounds, nothing so miraculous is quite that simple but it works. Luna Display is used to transform a headless Mac mini into a Mac with a touchscreen display– that actually functions as a touchscreen.
Jonathan Morris shows how it’s done.
I understand Apple’s position here.
Our favorite Mac maker is a hardware company, so churning out an iPad Pro that can take the place of macOS Mojave and a Mac notebook makes no economic sense at all. For Apple. It makes great sense for Apple’s customers. Just remember the basics– Apple is a hardware company and they want us to buy both iPad and Mac to go with our iPhones. That helps to put Luna Display in the correct space. It’s a hardware and software solution that turns an iPad Pro into a Mac touchscreen display; in this case, as the display for a headless Mac mini.
Caveats? A few. The iPad Pro is one damned expensive Mac display, even with the $79 Luna Display dongle as the entry point. The iPad Pro’s display is about the same size as a MacBook Air. A Microsoft Surface Studio it ain’t. Yet, it works as a wireless touchscreen for the Mac.
Other than the Sell. More. Hardware. meme from Apple, is there any other reason for Apple to keep a Mac away from a touchscreen display?