Hands on with Air Display 3: Using iPad as second monitor over USB

“Using an iPad as a second monitor for Macs is nothing new,” James Kendrick writes for ZDNet. “Air Display from Avatron has been around for years, but using Wi-Fi to connect Mac and iPad wasn’t the best as it resulted in laggy performance.”

“Air Display fans will be thrilled to hear that Air Display 3 [US$14.99] has been released and it adds the ability to connect the iPad to the Mac over USB,” Kendrick writes. “The connection is the same as that of Duet Display, a lightning charging cable is plugged into the iPad and the USB plug into the Mac. The Mac sees the iPad once connected and instantly fires up the second monitor.”

“One of the benefits of using the iPad as a second monitor is that touch operation is fully supported on the tablet,” Kendrick writes. “It is very cool and useful to operate OS X via touch. It shows that if OS X had native touch operation it would be a nice feature.”

Read more in the full article here.

10 Comments

    1. You don’t need a wire. It still works with Wi-Fi. But if you don’t have Wi-Fi because your company’s network administrator is an dork, you can use USB. Did you read the article?

      I’ve already bought this one. It’s way better than Duet.

  1. OS X already has native touch operation. It’s called trackpad control and works for the desktop and laptop machines, either through Apple’s own trackpads or third-party drawing pads.

    And no, I can’t think why I’d want to reach up and touch my display. I have a Windows machine at work that has a touch screen, and I find the mouse much faster and easier.

    1. Sorry, I don’t know why I said that. HAHA Yes I do, I am a friend of Duet Display’s developer and we like pulling this kind of crap. My Apple ID is ZDG. Check out my App Store reviews!

  2. Commenters: do you realize when you post your comments you are revealing a very high-level of immaturity? All of the above comments are juvenile in nature, reactionary in scope and trivial on being contributions to any discussion. Pathetic state of the human animal.

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    Also, ranting at my comment is useless. I will not be back to see if any of you have the capacity to appreciate the contribution that is my comment. Have a pleasant life – you will have to work at it.

    1. I think that we just got dissed by a rant and run. I certainly learned a lot. I now see the world in a whole new light!

      Must…fight…need…for immediate, juvenile gratification…

      Ahhh, who cares? Shove it, Analyst.

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