the wireless iPad Pro touchscreen Mac Mini Setup!


– 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 video 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 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 video 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)