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- Yo guys, Jonathan here, 2018 has been an amazing year for tech, but hands down, one of my favorite releases is the 2018 iPad Pro. I have been working furiously on the in depth, full length, monster review which is dropping tomorrow morning, so keep your eyes peeled for that, but today, I'm gonna give you a little taste. More than likely, every iPad guide you've watched, there's been a statement echoed throughout. It's fast, it's powerful, it's overall really good, but what holds it back is that you can't put Mac OS on it, but what if you could? (upbeat electronic music) So yeah, this is the iPad Pro being used wirelessly as a display for the 2018 Mac Mini. The touchscreen works, the Apple Pencil works, and I'm not gonna lie, when I saw this hit the internet this week, my immediate reaction was... - It's amazing, it's amazing, it's amazing, it's amazing. - Now, while this may seem like magic... - (imitates explosion) - All this is actually happening thanks to this little guy, the Luna Display by Astropad. So what it is is this tiny little compact adapter that was initially supposed to be plugged in to your MacBook Pro or your iMac and then use your iPad as a secondary display. Naturally, they were like what if this works with the Mac Mini, and oh my god, it works. Now in addition to USB-C, it also comes in a display port version, and I wanna stress that you must use this with a native port on your computer, you cannot use it with the dongle or adapter, and it only works on Mac, sorry PC boys. Without getting too technical, essentially how it works is through WiFi, so both the iPad Pro and Mac Mini must be connected to the same network, and I will emphasize that you must have a really solid WiFi connection, or forget about it. (upbeat electronic music) What I really like is the customization. You can orientate it as your right screen, as your left screen, and I was actually surprised at how well and how smooth the software experience was. So when I set this up last night, my mind was actually blown and I'm not sure if I've yet recovered. I was runnin' around, spinnin' on chairs because I was that excited. It's one thing to have your iPad as a secondary display, but to have touchscreen functionality to grab that Apple Pencil, press Safari and see it work, (imitates explosion). Now kind of divin' back to reality for a how to connect apple mouse to macbook
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second, because as awesome as this is, as well as it works, honestly, what surprised me most with this was the lack of lag. It's almost instantaneous, but really, I wouldn't say don't go out and buy an iPad Pro just to use as a monitor for your Mac Mini. If you happen to have both, then it makes sense because the adapter itself is relatively inexpensive. Now smaller details like audio, from what I can tell, there doesn't appear to be a way to get that to come through the iPad Pro, it comes through the Mac Mini. What more than likely makes sense though is you're gonna use Bluetooth headphones or AirPods or a Bluetooth speaker. In this case, the HomePod actually works surprisingly well. What's also really awesome is you have a handful of setup options. So you can go the traditional route of a keyboard, a trackpad, or a mouse, Matthew Moniz. What's crazy cool is you could even use the iPad Pro keyboard, the mind blowing just doesn't stop. I do also want to mention and stress that while you're initially setting this up, you need some sort of external display, so again, don't just buy these two together and expect them to work out of the box. Once you get this setup and going though, you can totally use it without that display, just the Mac Mini, just the iPad Pro, but there are a couple caveats. One, you gotta use it without a password, or two, you gotta be really good at typing in that password without seeing what you're doin'. Again, the biggest factor in this entire thing is going to be your WiFi connection. If it's bad, it is going to be a horrendous, laggy experience, but if it's good, it is crazy how well it works. So in a nutshell, it works way better than I ever could have imagined and also kind of gives a sneak peek of what if Mac OS came to iPad? While I wouldn't hold my breath for that to happen, what excited me the most with this whole concept is the idea of Final Cut Pro on the iPad. That is absolutely the thing I'm going to dive into next. So if you guys want to see a detailed guide on that, let me know by smashin' that like button. Thank you guys very much for watching. Again, the full in depth, monster iPad Pro review is dropping tomorrow morning. This is Jonathan, and I will catch you guys later. (beep) (blowing raspberries) My lips are frozen. (upbeat music) (laughing)