Thumbs Up for Duet Display

I’m going to write more about my iPad Pro in the coming weeks but one thing that was worth sharing immediately was the way I’ve been using it as a spare monitor. There is a wonderful little application called Duet, made by some former Apple engineers, that lets you connect your iPad to your Mac and turn the iPad into a second screen. I’m now doing this often.

For example, while I record the Mac Power Users podcast, I have all of the recording applications running on the iPad through Duet. That way I can keep the main screen for the content as we record the show and still glance to the smaller screen to make sure all the pipes remain connected and the red light keeps blinking. With the iPad Pro and its additional screen size, this is pretty great. When I’m done and don’t need a second screen, I can disconnect the iPad and put it away and my desk is once again clear of a second monitor.

Duet gets even better on the road. I can connect it to my 12“ MacBook virtually anywhere and have a second screen. This is super useful when working with lots of data. The 13” iPad Pro more than doubles the screen space of my 12″ MacBook.

Setting up Duet is simple. You download the app from the iOS App store and then install a host application on your Mac. (There’s also a version for the Windows.) Using Duet I’m able to carry a second monitor with me that’s essentially the size of a piece of glass.

I’m not alone in loving this feature of the iPad Pro. In the past few days, I’ve spoken with several nerd friends that are also using their iPad Pro as a second monitor with Duet.

iPad Pro Reviews

Happy iPad Pro day. I haven’t got one back yet, but based on early reviews, I most likely will. My two favorite reviews thus far are by Federico Viticci and John Gruber. I’m really pleased that Apple gave Federico a review unit. As an iPad power user, I was looking forward to seeing his opinions and glad we got it on day one.

iPad Pro Ships this Week

Today Apple announced the iPad Pro is available for pre-order on Wednesday and in stores “later this week”. I’m most likely going to buy one. I still feel like tablet devices are a big part of the future of computing and I want to see what can be done with one that is bigger and more powerful. My guess is that anyone with a review unit will have their media blackout end at midnight on Tuesday night so we’ll have early reviews on Wednesday. I’m definitely going to be reading those reviews closely as I make a final decision. This time, I’m also not going to blindly pre-order. I want to go in the store and see one before making a final decision.