Turn Your iPad Into A HiDPI Monitor For Your Mac


Our Macs are built-in with the capability to run in HiDPI mode. That’s right — Retina-level graphics right on your Mac. Sadly, most screens available aren’t high enough resolution to be useful. Well, except for that shiny new iPad you have! Its 2048×1536 native resolution means that if it was a monitor in HiDPI mode, it would have the effective real estate of a 1024×768 monitor with the clarity of a glossy magazine. That’s where Air Display comes in.

Once you install the free Air Display Connect software on your Mac, you’re going to need to buy Air Display for your iOS device for $9.99 USD. Once you’re running the software on both devices, your iPad will show up on your Mac a display that you can manipulate like any other. Best of all, you can turn on HiDPI mode, and look at how beautiful everything will be when we have better displays hooked up to our Macs. You probably won’t be watching movies over your wireless connection, but it is more than fast enough to get work done if you’re using 802.11n. A wired connection from your Mac to the router would probably make things smoother, however.

Grant is a writer from Delaware. In his spare time, Grant maintains a personal blog, hosts The Weekly Roar, hosts Quadcast, and writes for video games.