There are good days and there are bad days. Last year, the Chicago Cubs won the World Series. That was a good day and a long time coming. This year, the Cubs met the Dodgers and, well, so much for repeat champions. But, Dodgers-Yankees? Historic.
This year I am the proud owner of a shiny new 12.9-inch iPad Pro which is about the same size as the screen on my MacBook Pro from last year. That makes the iPad Pro the perfect MacBook Pro accessory. Hear me out. Three words: screen real estate.
Whenever I venture into town I get to drool over some of the dual screen Macs in various and sundry graphic design and video production companies which haunt Chicago’s skyline. iMacs with an extra display. MacBook Pro models with an extra display. An occasional Mac Pro– cheese grater and trash can– with multiple displays. Each one is drool worthy.
Now, thanks to Apple’s iPad Pro and a nifty little Mac app called Duet, I can send some envy to others while enjoying my own visual feast– a MacBook Pro with an extra screen that looks like it was made for the Mac and is sufficiently lightweight it travels well.
12.9-inch iPad Pro, meet 13-inch MacBook Pro.
There you go. Double the screen space. MacBook Pro meet double the screen space with an iPad Pro which acts like an extension of the Mac’s screen space. Add the Duet app. Add a Lightning to USB cable from Mac to iPad.
Ipso facto and alakazam. Double the screen space.
Here’s how it works. Install Duet on MacBook Pro (or, any Mac that needs extra screen space) and iPad. Plug the Lightning to USB connector from Mac to iPad. Done! This is so easy and so useful that even the Mac’s Touch Bar function key utility works on the iPad’s screen.
What you get is more screen space on any Mac, which makes the iPad Pro the perfect accessory for a MacBook Pro. In fact, the iPad Pro’s screen is better and has higher resolution than any Mac notebook. The secret is the Duet application and the Lightning to USB cable. You’ll need the app on both iPad and Mac, but it works on Windows PCs, too, and most iPads and iPhones going back to iOS 7.
Think of it this way. A Mac notebook is mobile but most external displays? Not so much. Now, you can take the Mac wherever and an external display goes along for the ride.
How is that not the most delicious Mac notebook accessory ever.
Caveats? Yes. Just one. I would like my iPad Pro to also be the external display for my iPhone. That would be cool. Maybe next year. You know, when the Cubbies make it back to the World Series. After the Bears win the Super Bowl.