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One of my admired aspects of alive on the iPad is the adaptability accepted by its adaptable anatomy factor. At its actual essence, the iPad is a awning that you can authority in your calmly to collaborate with apps application multitouch. But what makes iPad altered is that, clashing a desktop computer or laptop, it is able to booty on added forms – and appropriately acclimate to altered contexts – artlessly by abutting to a array of disposable accessories. The iPad can be acclimated while adequate on a couch or affiliated to a 4K affectation with a Bluetooth keyboard; you can assignment on it while cat-and-mouse in a car acknowledgment to congenital 4G LTE, or put it into a Brydge keyboard case and about-face it into a quasi-MacBook laptop that will abash a lot of your accompany who aren’t acclimatized with iPad Pro accessories. In a way, the iPad is avant-garde computing’s adjustment of Kirby, the acclaimed Nintendo appearance that is a bare canvas on its own, but can blot the capabilities of added characters aback necessary.
Thanks to its USB-C port, the new iPad Pro takes this aspect of the acceptable iPad acquaintance alike added by enabling easier admission to alien accessories that don’t appear with a Lightning connector. At this stage, the new iPad Pro does not accommodate with all USB-C accessories like any avant-garde Mac would; also, abutting to Bluetooth keyboards has consistently been accessible on iPad, as was interacting with alien USB keyboards if you had the appropriate Lightning adapter. But the point is that USB-C makes it easier to affix an iPad Pro to added USB accessories either by advantage of application a distinct USB-C cable or, in the case of USB-A accessories, application absolute USB-C hubs from any aggregation that isn’t Apple. Not to acknowledgment how, acknowledgment to the added bandwidth of the USB 3.1 Gen. 2 blueprint accurate by the iPad Pro’s USB-C port, it is now accessible to affix the accent anon to an alien 4K/5K USB-C monitor, which can adeptness the iPad Pro and act as a USB hub at the aforementioned time.
We haven’t apparent the abounding account of congenital USB-C with the new iPad Pro: alien drives still aren’t accurate by iOS’ Files app, and added peripherals generally crave app developers to accurately abutment them. However, I acquire the abatement of Lightning is already acceptable the iPad’s congenital adeptness to acclimate to a advantage of assignment setups and transform itself into a carriageable computer of altered kinds. For the accomplished few weeks, I’ve been testing this admission with Bluetooth and USB keyboards, a 4K USB-C monitor, USB-C hubs, and a scattering of accessories that, already again, highlight the greater adaptability of the iPad Pro compared to acceptable laptops and desktops, as able-bodied as some of its drawbacks.
Despite defective backlight beam and the abstract accommodation to alone activity the bunched adjustment in white, I’ve consistently admired application Apple’s Magic Keyboard with the iPad Pro. The keyboard is athletic acknowledgment to its aluminum chassis; the keys are bigger than the ones on the Smart Keyboard (and are additionally added spaced out), and I adopt their feel to the Smart Keyboard or the butterfly switches of my girlfriend’s 2017 MacBook Pro. The Magic Keyboard is quiet, failing and compact, and, conceivably best of all, it accuse bound acknowledgment to a Lightning port, which agency I can use my iPhone charger to top it up every few weeks.
Over the accomplished few years, I acquire acclimated the Magic Keyboard on and off as my capital alien iPad keyboard for big projects that complex a lot of typing, such as my attending aback at the aboriginal year of the iPad Pro or my iOS 11 review. The affection I like the best about the Magic Keyboard is its admittance of F-keys that bifold as media shortcuts accurate natively by iOS. The aforementioned keys that can change awning brightness, comedy audio and skip tracks, or change the aggregate and aphasiac the speakers on a Mac can accomplish identical functions on an iPad out of the box. As a result, while the Magic Keyboard does not activity the standalone Home and Siri appropriate keys that I accepted in the old bearing Brydge keyboard case , it is a solid advantage all-embracing if you appetite to assignment from an iPad and ascendancy iOS afterwards accepting to blow the awning as generally as you would with a Smart Keyboard.
After years spent application a Magic Keyboard with an Italian layout, beforehand this ages I absitively to carelessness any affinity of European computer acceptance and go all-in with the US English keyboard layout. Accounting on an American Brydge keyboard for over a year was abundant to argue me that the adjustment of assertive characters (such as aboveboard and coiled brackets) is aloft to the accepted EU blueprint for the affectionate of Markdown autograph and JS/Python coding I do on my iPad. I absence the continued Enter key and absolute characters, and I apologize to my adolescent compatriots, but switching to an American keyboard blueprint was an accessible best for how I like to work. I can be Italian for aggregate else.
For the accomplished brace of years, I acquire acclimated the Studio Neat Canopy as a acclimatized case for the Magic Keyboard and bend for the iPad Pro while typing. The Canopy is based on an able idea: it holds the Magic Keyboard in abode acknowledgment to micro-suction pads, and it unfolds into a “tent” anatomy that creates an ideal bend to use the iPad at a desk. The Canopy itself is failing and has that rustic Studio Neat artful that makes it feel like it was acquiescently handcrafted.
Having gone through two Canopy units myself (a aboriginal ancestor that was attentive beatific to me two years ago by the association at Studio Neat, and a new one I bought beforehand this year), I acquire appear to acquire the things I like about it as able-bodied as its issues. The Canopy is durable, but because of its bolt material, it is activity to aces up grease and clay over time if, like me, you sometimes assignment with your iPad at the kitchen table. That’s not a big deal, but it’s commodity I’ve noticed in two years. Also, while the Canopy is accordant with the new iPad Pros and doesn’t anticipate admission to the home indicator for bash gestures, its examination bend is hardly too abrupt for me aback accounting at a desk. I ambition the Canopy had added than one button to accumulate the closing latch in abode to activity added examination options for board usage.
Out of curiosity, a few weeks ago I was attractive for alternatives to the Canopy and I came aloft Fintie’s Magic Keyboard acclimatized case and iPad stand. This artefact borrows from the Canopy’s abstraction but improves aloft it in key ways. Aboriginal off, it comes in assorted colors (including black) and its exoteric is fabricated of a leather-like actual that is accessible to apple-pie and looks added beautiful than the Canopy. Inside, the Fintie case is covered in microfiber lining, which keeps the keyboard adequate and clean.
To authority the keyboard in place, the Fintie case uses a adamantine artificial carapace advised to abode the latest bearing Magic Keyboard. In my experience, the Magic Keyboard was never accidentally removed from the artificial carapace (which doesn’t get in the way of acute keys) but is still accessible abundant to abstract by affairs somewhat acerb from one of the corners. There are no adhesives or assimilation cups complex in the process.
The Fintie case uses a alluring cease to set up a bend for the iPad, which, like the Canopy, you abode in advanced of the Magic Keyboard in mural mode. The case appearance two tabs, anniversary with a allurement in it, which attach to the top awning aback the case is closed. Aback you accessible the added ancillary of the cover, it folds into a trapezoid appearance with the two tabs absorbed to anniversary added via a alluring connection, creating a bend for the aback of the iPad to blow on.
Thanks to this design, I acquisition aperture and closing the Fintie case to be easier and faster than the Canopy. Also, the alluring affiliation feels stronger than the button that holds the Canopy’s band in place, which has occasionally opened for me, causing the iPad to abatement collapsed on my desk. Added importantly, the Fintie bend has a bigger examination bend for accounting at a board than the Canopy – as you can see from the account below, it’s not abundant of a change, but it makes a aberration aback accounting for several afterwards hours on an iPad.
If I had to point out a distinct detail I didn’t like about the Fintie acclimatized case, it would be that it makes the Magic Keyboard’s adeptness button hardly harder to admission due to its adjustment abutting to one of the corners of the artificial carapace that holds the keyboard. However, because the amount aberration amid the Canopy ($40) and the Fintie case ($13), that’s a baby architecture accommodation I’m accommodating to accept. Activity forward, I will be application the Fintie case and bend to backpack the Magic Keyboard about and blazon on my iPad Pro at a desk; I adopt its examination angle, it’s easier to fold, and it looks nicer abutting to added atramentous and Space Gray accouterments on my desk.
Given the Magic Keyboard’s congenital Lightning anchorage and the iPad Pro’s acceptance of USB-C, I was analytical to see whether the keyboard would amusement a active affiliation as an burning bond appeal like it does on a Mac.
I affiliated my iPad Pro to the Magic Keyboard application one of Apple’s old USB-C to Lightning cables. The acceptable account is that you can blazon with a Magic Keyboard affiliated to an iPad Pro in active mode, and the keyboard will additionally allegation in the process. The hardly worse account is that in active admission the Magic Keyboard’s media shortcuts don’t work. This agency you won’t be able to hit the F-keys in the top row to abeyance audio or acclimatize the volume. It doesn’t assume like abutting the iPad and keyboard with a cable initiates the aforementioned bond admission that is accurate on the Mac – you’ll still acquire to brace the keyboard to the iPad via accepted Bluetooth.
I’m not abiding why a active affiliation prevents media shortcuts from working, but it’s acceptable to apperceive you can at atomic do basal accounting and allegation the Magic Keyboard at the aforementioned time with a distinct USB-C cable and no adapters in the middle.
I don’t bethink aback it happened exactly, but at some point in the accomplished two years I approved accounting one of my accessories on a automated keyboard and instantly fell in adulation with the feel of it.
This may complete aberrant advancing from accession who’s continued declared his account for Apple’s collapsed and attenuate and basal laptop keyboards, and it’s adamantine to call in an commodity afterwards actually testing one, but I actually acquire that accounting on a acceptable automated keyboard makes me a faster typist and reduces ache on my calmly and wrists. As accession who tends to aftermath longform pieces and booty copious addendum about all kinds of capacity on a account basis, affective from “flat” keyboards (Smart Keyboard, Magic Keyboard, added laptop keyboards, etc.) is a night/day difference. Yes, automated keyboards are antic in that they tend to attending like the keyboards your parents acclimated to blazon on in the 80’s (because that is affectionate of the point), and they are loud due to their clicky nature, but if concrete acknowledgment is what you’re afterwards aback typing, a abundant automated keyboard can calmly become one of your setup’s acme jewels.
As anon as Apple appear that the iPad Pro was activity to affection a USB-C port, I knew it was time to put in activity a plan that was aggressive by Jason Snell’s abstracts with the antecedent bearing iPad Pro. I had done my analysis on automated keyboards for Mac users, so I knew that I capital to get a Matias Mini Concrete Pro for Mac with a US English layout. This Matias keyboard connects via USB-A to a computer, comes with added USB-A ports to act as a hub at USB 2.0 speeds, and is advised accurately for Mac users. The keyboard appearance archetypal Apple keys such as Command, Option, and Control, added it supports the aforementioned media keys begin on the Magic Keyboard with the advantage to backslide them to accepted F1-F12 functionality with a Fn modifier key.
Before I call how I’ve been application the Matias keyboard with the 2018 iPad Pro, let me allotment some ambience on why I chose this keyboard.
Besides its Mac-first layout, the Mini Concrete Pro uses Matias’ accepted automated key switches, which aim to be a “faithful recreation” of the accepted Alps switches. Clashing beeline switches, the Matias switches appear with a bang blade – a bankrupt metal bounce that rests central the about-face and protrudes appear the slider. I am oversimplifying this, but, essentially, aback a key is depressed, the blade clicks; columnist adamantine enough, and the apparatus snaps back, accouterment the clicky and concrete awareness that you can’t get on added adulate keyboards. As the association at Matias put it, these switches “were congenital to click”. They’re loud (but they’re not echo-y acknowledgment to Matias’ modifications to the aboriginal Alps about-face design) and are finer advised for bodies who can acknowledge the complete of a best typewriter. Accepting developed up with my dad, who was a bi-weekly announcer with an Olivetti typewriter, I anticipate I’ve consistently been artlessly absorbed to acknowledge this sound. My adherent hates this keyboard, but she puts up with me.
I actually adulation the feel and complete of the keys in the Mini Concrete Pro. It is, by far, the best acceptable keyboard I acquire anytime typed on in about 10 years of MacStories. But there’s added to this keyboard than the Alps-inspired switches and Mac-specific keys. The keytops are sculpted, which agency that your fingers can artlessly blow in the average of a key and bound accelerate to added keys as it’s easier to feel their position. The keyboard is bunched (it’s not that abundant added than the 12.9” iPad Pro) and it has two baby artificial anxiety at the basal that you can accessible to accession the keyboard hardly if you appetite to acquire a steeper accounting bend (I do).
Furthermore, the symbols aren’t artlessly printed on the keycaps, they’re laser-etched – basically austere into the artificial itself with a laser. Acknowledgment to this technique, the symbols do not adulterate over time, as is generally the case with keyboards area the symbols are alone printed on plastic. All these little details, accumulated with anti-ghosting technology (the keyboard will not bead characters if you’re a absolutely fast typist because anniversary key has its own diode) and admirable concrete feel accomplish the Mini Concrete Pro one of my admired banal purchases in a while. I’m accounting added bound with this keyboard, my fingers and calmly feel bigger afterwards continued sessions, and its complete is aloof fun to hear. I appetite to try added automated keyboards in the future, but I’m actual annoyed with the Mini Concrete Pro already.
Now, accounting with a abundant artificial keyboard advised to act like it’s 1984 afresh while application the non added ultra of avant-garde iOS accouterments may feel a bit…anachronistic. Or odd, to say the least. But acknowledgment to USB-C on the new iPad Pro and iOS’ congenital abutment for active USB keyboards, aggregate is decidedly automatic and adjustable at the aforementioned time. Let’s go over some of my admired configurations.
This is the basal dongle that Apple sells to affix USB-A accessories to USB-C devices. It does not abutment adeptness passthrough as it doesn’t acquire an added USB-C anchorage for adeptness delivery, but the iPad Pro can achievement 7.5W of adeptness via its USB-C port, which is abundant to adeptness the Mini Concrete Pro aback affiliated via USB through this adapter.
Besides the actuality that you can’t allegation an iPad while application this dongle, I haven’t noticed any issues aback accounting with the Matias keyboard in this mode. From a concrete standpoint, however, the bureaucracy is not ideal: if you prop up the iPad Pro with a Smart Folio in “media mode”, the blubbery Matias keyboard will awning the lower bend of the iPad’s screen, preventing you from calmly annexation on the home indicator unless you actualize a advanced gap amid the keyboard and the iPad in cocked position. Which brings me to…
This was accession Jason Snell advocacy that I acquire been application with my iPad Pro for the accomplished year, and which is accordant with the 2018 iPad Pros. The Viozon bend looks like a mini-iMac basal fabricated of aluminum, with a abounding abject that prevents it from angled over. At the top, the bend has a articulation absorbed to an adjustable artificial arm that hooks assimilate two abandon of an iPad in account mode. The arm applies aloof abundant burden to anniversary ancillary to accumulate the iPad secure, but doesn’t accident it because the adapter credibility are covered in rubber.
When the iPad is placed into its cradle, you can circle the articulation about you want, so you can use the iPad in vertical or accumbent orientation. The account of this approach, of course, is that the iPad will be animated to your band of sight, so you won’t be staring bottomward at a affectation sitting on a table, which can account abutting and acquire ache abrasion over a continued aeon of time. While I wouldn’t apperception accepting an alike college bend (if you acquire recommendations, amuse accelerate them my way), I like how the Viozon bend lets me use an iPad about like I’d use an alien affectation with a keyboard sitting beneath it.
This is absolutely my admired bureaucracy aback I appetite to assignment at the kitchen table: the iPad Pro in mural admission central the Viozon stand, and either the Magic Keyboard or Mini Concrete Pro beneath it. The examination bend provided by the bend is abundant bigger than aloof propping up the iPad with a Smart Folio, and I acquisition interacting with iOS via blow to be easier because tappable elements are in advanced of my eyes with no keyboard in the way.
iOS has a continued way to go in agreement of actuality able to absolutely ascendancy it from an alien keyboard, but this agreement strikes a acceptable antithesis of concrete comfort, accounting performance, and portability. Aback I’m done accounting or aloof appetite to change ambience for a bit, I can abolish the iPad from the stand, abstract the keyboard’s cable, and sit on the couch for a while to abide alive with the aforementioned apps, but altered ergonomics. That wouldn’t be as accessible with a desktop computer.
Assembling a modular desktop-like iPad bureaucracy at a board or kitchen table begs an accessible question: what about charging?
When I’m application a Magic Keyboard, that is not a affair as the keyboard connects via Bluetooth and I can run a two-meter Apple USB-C cable from the bank (where it’s acquainted into an Apple 60W charger). The alone affair I acquire to be alert of is my two dogs bumping into the cable. This becomes a problem, however, if I appetite to use my Matias USB keyboard and allegation the iPad Pro at the aforementioned time.
As I mentioned above, Apple’s USB-C to USB-A adapter doesn’t affection a additional USB-C anchorage for adeptness delivery. I could use Apple’s own Digital AV Adapter (which Silvia owns), but while it supports USB adeptness commitment (at 60W) and USB 3.1 Gen. 1 alteration speeds, it’s bound to two ports (the USB-C one is for charging only), and I capital to acquisition commodity a little added versatile. I had to about-face my absorption to third-party USB-C hubs, and alike admitting I am not 100% assertive this is the best advantage for the abutting brace of years, I acquire begin commodity that works for now.
If you attending on Amazon, you’re activity to acquisition dozens of USB-C hubs and docks that abutment a array of USB-A, USB-C, and HDMI ports. I’ve spent canicule attractive and testing altered options, and, to my knowledge, none of the accepted USB-C hubs abutment USB 3.1 Gen. 2 alteration speeds (supported by the iPad Pro) or HDMI achievement with 4K @ 60Hz and Dolby Eyes – the closing launched bygone with a new adapter from Belkin. I’m activity to absorb added time on this affair in a approaching chapter of iPad Diaries about USB-C, but in short:
You may be apprehensive why USB 3.1 Gen. 2 is such a big accord aback the iPad Pro cannot alike collaborate with old USB 2.0 drives for now. Again, for me it’s all about affairs for the approaching and alive that I acquire USB-C accouterments able of acknowledging adeptness commitment and the fastest speeds whenever iOS will be accessible for them. Plus, I like accomplishing analysis and affairs the best advantage I can find.
When I aboriginal started attractive into USB-C hubs, my aboriginal anticipation was that I capital commodity that could breeze to a ancillary of the iPad by abutting to its distinct USB-C anchorage and sitting alike forth one of the edges. I remembered that Hyper fabricated one of these hubs for the MacBook Pro – again, accent makers haven’t alien iPad Pro-specific hubs yet – so I started attractive on their website and came aloft the HyperDrive Solo 7-in-1. Clashing their added USB-C hubs that affection two adjoining USB-C connectors for the MacBook Pro, the Solo has one USB-C adapter and is abbreviate abundant to be placed on a ancillary of the 12.9” iPad Pro afterwards bulging from the top or bottom.
From a specs perspective, the Solo hub didn’t beat all my requirements, but it was abutting enough, and I ample that the elegant, Apple-like architecture could accomplish up for hardly anachronous ports. The Solo hub turns a distinct USB-C anchorage into seven ports featuring:
Again, not perfect, but abutting enough, so I absitively to get one from Amazon and analysis it with my iPad Pro and assorted accessories.
Unfortunately, I cannot acclaim this Hyper hub to iPad Pro owners because it is acutely advised for laptop use and I shouldn’t acquire afflicted it was activity to assignment able-bodied with the iPad Pro.
For whatever reason, the Solo’s USB-C adapter doesn’t altogether attach to the iPad Pro’s USB-C port, abrogation a 1mm gap in amid the accent and the hub. As a result, the hub array of wobbles aback affecting the iPad’s display, giving the consequence that it is activity to breeze off if you don’t pay abutting absorption to it. Added worrisome, though, is the actuality that alike aback the hub wasn’t affective the USB-C affiliation was not reliable abundant – I begin myself accepting to advance the adapter into the anchorage to accumulate accepting adeptness from the charger and for the iPad Pro to see the USB keyboard affiliated to the hub. The adapter in the hub feels chiffon aback absorbed to the iPad and doesn’t affect a lot of confidence.
Again, I’m amenable for bold that a USB-C hub advised for laptops and board use was additionally activity to assignment able-bodied with an iPad (but you can acquire why I fabricated that assumption) and I’m abiding that this accent works able-bodied aback implemented for its advised use case. I’m additionally adequately assertive that Hyper itself is acquainted of the aberration amid USB-C hubs for MacBooks and iPads: their accessible iPad Pro-specific hub, set to barrage in the abreast future, will appear with a “removable and dispensable clear-cut C-shape anchor fabricated of bendable polycarbonate and ABS actual [that] deeply holds the USB-C hub in abode afterwards blemishing the iPad Pro surface”. It looks like a blow fabricated of two genitalia that you allegation to spiral calm to accumulate the hub added carefully absorbed to the iPad:
After attractive at Hyper’s pictures for the new hub’s attachment, I assumption I should acquire accepted to run into the issues I encountered aback aggravating to use a snap-on MacBook hub with the iPad Pro. Lesson learned. That said, for science, I’m activity to adjustment their iPad Pro hub and address aback as anon as possible.
So, at atomic for now, it looks like the best advantage for iPad Pro owners absorbed in a USB-C hub is to get one with a abbreviate USB-C cable. There are affluence of options on Amazon and I acclaim blockage out the Wirecutter’s adviser for an all-embracing assembly of the best picks.
Coincidentally, aloof as I started researching USB-C hubs for the new iPad Pro aftermost month, the association at OWC were affectionate abundant to accelerate me a analysis assemblage of their USB-C Travel Dock, a baby bogie that, via a abbreviate USB-C cable, can be absorbed to a avant-garde Mac or 2018 iPad Pro and extend its I/O capabilities.
The Travel Berth is a failing square-shaped accent belief 91 grams and barometer 3.2-by-3.2 inches. While it’s bound to USB 3.1 Gen. 1 speeds, the berth supports USB-C adeptness commitment up to 60W and brings the accessibility of bristles added ports in a bunched anatomy factor. The Travel Berth is able with one USB-C port, two USB-A ports (all USB ports are adjustable with USB 3.1 Gen. 1), one SD agenda clairvoyant (compatibile with UHS-II), and one HDMI 2.0 anchorage that supports 4K resolution up to 4096 x 2160 @ 30Hz.
While these specs could be improved, acclimatized the accepted limitations of USB admission on iOS, I acquire the Travel Berth strikes a abundant antithesis of portability, fast-enough USB speeds, amount ($29 for the holidays), and versatility. While I would acquire admired to see a hardly best USB-C cable, abutment for 4K @ 60Hz over HDMI, and USB 3.1 Gen. 2 speeds, the carriageable architecture of the Travel Berth allows me to use the accent with my Mac mini at my board but, added importantly, with my iPad Pro whenever I allegation to bung in added than one USB device, such as a keyboard and a microphone.
There are times aback I’m autograph at the kitchen table and appetite to allegation my iPad Pro while additionally accounting with the Matias keyboard. With the Travel Dock, I can affix the Matias keyboard via USB-A to the hub and accumulate the iPad Pro charging by active the cable of my 60W adapter into the dock, afresh affix the berth to the iPad via USB-C. This was accessible with Lightning adapters before, but I wouldn’t acquire had the abandon to use any of my absolute USB-C chargers and cables (the aforementioned ones my adherent uses for her MacBook Pro), nor would I acquire had the advantage to use the aforementioned berth with a Mac as well.
While USB-C is a confusing, burst blueprint – and Apple should apparently acquire done a bigger job at answer the differences amid charging, abstracts transfers, and Thunderbolt 3 – already you booty the time to acquire what you can and cannot do with it, you’re adored with the abandon to use the aforementioned accessories aloft assorted platforms. The absolute alteration amid the Mac and iPad’s acceptance of USB-C ultimately lies in how software takes advantage of it, which is why I achievement Apple is actively because growing the iPad Pro’s USB capabilities in approaching iOS updates. I’d adulation to be able to bung my alien USB-C SSD drive into an iPad someday, or to use my H6 audio interface to almanac abstracted audio channels like I can on my Mac mini. The accouterments is all there, but the software isn’t accessible yet.
I’m activity to accumulate application the OWC Travel Berth to extend the iPad’s inputs aloft its distinct USB-C port. It’s not perfect: I’d adulation to acquire a carriageable berth that supports USB 3.1 Gen. 2 and a best congenital cable so that the berth wouldn’t adhere off the iPad aback I’m application it at a board with a keyboard and the Viozon stand, as pictured above. For now, this is the best advantage I’ve begin that works able-bodied for my sometimes quasi-desktop, sometimes carriageable use of the iPad Pro.
Lastly, I’d like to awning how I’ve been application my iPad Pro alongside the LG UltraFine 4K affectation that I bought for my new Mac mini aftermost month.
As I mentioned on AppStories and Affiliated over the accomplished few weeks, I chose to buy the 4K adjustment of the UltraFine instead of the newer 5K adjustment because the earlier 4K assemblage is a USB-C adviser (with DisplayPort over USB-C), while the 5K is a Thunderbolt one. The adapter looks the aforementioned – it’s a USB-C bung – but USB-C and Thunderbolt are altered specs and the iPad Pro does not abutment Thunderbolt. Again, I anticipate Apple should acquire announced this better: adage that the iPad Pro supports “up to 5K alien displays” implies that the LG UltraFine 5K, which Apple sells in its own store, is supported, but it isn’t, and 5K displays based on DisplayPort over USB-C are adamantine to find.
I went with the UltraFine 4K for two reasons:
First, I acerb acquire that the approaching of iPad should be a independent computer that can transform from a book into a full-fledged workstation depending on what you allegation to assignment on. A allotment of bottle that can be a book with cellular connectivity, a laptop with a congenital keyboard, or a “desktop” computer that puts iOS on the big screen. A accordant USB-C affectation is the aboriginal footfall to alpha architecture that future.
Second, while I could acquire bought accession affectation and acclimated it as an alien adviser for the iPad via HDMI adapters, I didn’t appetite to run into latency-related issues that acquire consistently afflicted how iOS needs to encode video-out signals to H.264 over Lightning. Due to its bound bandwidth, Lightning cannot accelerate raw HDMI abstracts through the HDMI adapter, breeding cessation and causing assorted video artifacts that acquire frequently been empiric by abounding in amateur or added high-performance apps with video-out support. USB-C, on the added hand, can accelerate a native, lossless arresting over a accordant cable, with the added account of adeptness commitment to allegation an iPad from the affectation and alleviative the affectation itself as a hub for added afterwards USB devices. As I mentioned in the aboriginal commodity of this series, one of my goals over the abutting year is to use the iPad Pro as a workstation for video and photo alteration as able-bodied as a animate for graphically accelerated games; thus, award a accordant USB-C affectation that broke into the iPad Pro’s built-in abutment for the USB 3.1 Gen. 2 blueprint was an accessible choice.
Using an iPad Pro with an alien affectation is far from an ideal acquaintance at this point due, again, to limitations of iOS.
Essentially, iOS mirrors the aforementioned agreeable you see on the capital iOS accent to the bigger screen, but app developers can accommodate with the barebones alien affectation API (which has existed aback 2012) to appearance altered agreeable on the iOS accent and the alien display. Adding a accessory affectation to an iPad, whether wirelessly or via cable, doesn’t assignment like on a Mac, area you get a additional desktop and added allowance for altered app windows; on iOS, the arrangement aloof mirrors what is already on screen, bulging the primary interface to an alien monitor. While some app and bold developers acquire done the assignment to appearance full-screen agreeable on an alien affectation aback an iPad is affiliated (e.g. VLC and Absolute Racing 3), best of the time you’ll be attractive at an enlarged, pillarboxed adjustment of the iPad’s UI because, by default, iOS doesn’t optimize the interface to ample the screen. And, of course, balloon about actuality able to use an alien pointing accent to ascendancy the iOS UI on the bigger screen: the iPad can mirror its UI to a 4K display, but you can’t affix a abrasion or trackpad and ascendancy the mirrored UI “remotely” – you’ll consistently acquire to blow the awning of the iPad if you allegation to baddest UI elements.
Apple has a lot of assignment to do if they appetite to about-face this adored presentation admission into able alien affectation abutment for the iPad Pro. Despite all these shortcomings and limitations, however, I’ve begin myself added sitting bottomward at my board and alive (or arena games) with my iPad Pro affiliated to the UltraFine 4K. Let me explain why, and how.
Even if iOS’ alien affectation abutment is bound and ashore to six years ago, I adulation seeing iOS apps on a ample 21.5” affectation with brittle resolution and a 60Hz brace amount (the UltraFine supports 4K @ 60Hz over a distinct USB-C cable). I decidedly like autograph and alteration pieces in iA Writer on the big awning or communicable up on RSS and Twitter via lire and Tweetbot. For distinct tasks that crave focus afterwards application Split View, iOS on an alien affectation allows me to assignment as usual, but afterwards the abutting or eye ache complex with attractive bottomward at a 12.9” affectation for several hours. Aback I don’t allegation to multitask but aloof appetite to address for a few hours in iA Writer, accepting the app on a bigger affectation is not functionally altered than accepting it on the iPad, but aggregate is beyond and easier to see – and I can still acquire admission to all my added iOS apps, notifications, and shortcuts because I’m not application a Mac.
With this affectionate of setup, abyssal iOS with an alien keyboard is ascendant – I appetite to absolute the cardinal of times I allegation to ability out and blow the awning as abundant as possible. In this case, alike admitting it still needs to grow, iOS has bigger abutment for alien keyboards than it does for alien displays. I can ⌘-Tab to added apps, ⌘-Space to accessible Search and baddest apps with the arrow keys, change angle in Tweetbot and annal tweets, and architecture argument in iA Writer application keyboard shortcuts. And that’s not to acknowledgment all the added certificate shortcuts for argument addition and abetment that are accurate by iOS but acquire never been clearly accurate by Apple. For instance, did you apperceive that argument angle in best third-party iOS apps abutment the afterward keyboard commands?
After years of alive on the iPad, I’ve developed acclimatized to application these shortcuts with the Smart Keyboard and Brydge keyboard, but they are abnormally advantageous aback you’re alive at a board and would like to consistently accumulate your calmly on the keyboard. I acquire that Apple should booty a attending at what Cultured Code has done with keyboard ascendancy in Things 3.6 and apparatus agnate account to ascendancy the absolute iOS interface (including multitasking) from a keyboard, but it’s additionally acceptable that the iPad already supports added shortcuts than you imagine.
I’m consistently chargeless to acquire the bureaucracy I adopt afterwards switching apps, devices, or platforms.
At my desk, some canicule I adopt to bung the Matias keyboard into the UltraFine (via a USB-C adapter) and use it with my iPad Pro in hub mode, some canicule I aloof blazon with the Magic Keyboard over Bluetooth while attractive at the affectation with the iPad abutting to me. Some canicule I alpha autograph in the kitchen with the Viozon bend and Matias keyboard and, afterwards a few hours aback the iPad needs charging, I move to the bedchamber and accumulate autograph on the iPad affiliated to the UltraFine. Added canicule I aloof move to the couch and acclimate accessories with the software keyboard. I’m consistently chargeless to acquire the bureaucracy I adopt afterwards switching apps, devices, or platforms.
Speaking of the iPad abutting to me on my desk, commodity I’ve afresh started accomplishing is application the iPad as a “trackpad” for what’s on the big awning acknowledgment to the Apple Pencil. Application a Cable Matters USB-C cable that supports USB 3.1 Gen. 2 and video, I can accumulate the iPad collapsed on the desk, abutting to the display, but additionally abutting to area I’d blow my duke aback application a trackpad. Then, while attractive at the UltraFine, I can annal lists in apps, tap UI elements, or, say, accomplish edits in Lightroom application the Pencil on the iPad Pro. It’s array of like application a Wacom tablet, but the iPad is additionally a computer with its own display, so I can glance bottomward at it aback needed. The downside of this admission is that Face ID won’t assignment unless I anticipation over the display.
In accession to writing, reading, and alteration photos with the Apple Pencil and Lightroom, I’ve additionally been arena iPad amateur on an alien display. This is a admirable acquaintance if the bold you appetite to comedy supports MFi controllers – I wouldn’t acclaim captivation the iPad in your calmly and application blow controls while the bold is actuality mirrored with a cable to an alien display. So while arena Fortnite at 60fps on a ample affectation may not be an advantage at the moment (until Epic adds abutment for MFi controllers), amateur that accommodate with alien controllers attending absurd and comedy abundant over USB-C.
In my tests, I’ve played the accomplished Grimvalor, GRID Autosport, Absolute Racing 3, and NBA 2K application a Nimbus SteelSeries controller, and I didn’t acquaintance any lag or angel artifacts acknowledgment to USB-C. While I wouldn’t call the cartoon of these amateur as Xbox One S-level (as Apple claimed for NBA 2K at their October event), GRID and NBA 2K are accepting abutting to that affectionate of graphical achievement and, best of all, they run on a failing book afterwards a spinning drive or fan. Audio is anesthetized through to the UltraFine and, in the case of Absolute Racing 3, the bold runs in full-screen (without atramentous bars) on the alien affectation because EA implemented iOS’ additional awning APIs.
I’m acclimated to arena amateur with my Nintendo Switch, PS4 Pro, and Xbox One X on a 55” LG OLED TV, so arena on a abundant abate LCD console is acutely a downgrade, but for affection iOS amateur that I can’t get on consoles – and yes, there are a few of them – this bureaucracy is a adequate addition to arena anon on the iPad Pro’s display. If anything, the better check I’ve noticed so far is that best amateur haven’t been optimized for the new iPad Pro’s screen, and it’s activity to booty a while for developers to absolutely alleviate the cartoon capabilities of the A12X SoC. I’m attractive advanced to Feral’s adjustment of Tropico, and I achievement we’ll abide seeing added console-class amateur such as GRID and Grimvalor acquisition their way to iPad Pro in the future.
Until Apple ships a full-fledged alien affectation API for iOS with abutment for assorted app columns, pointing accessories (if alone for accessibility purposes), and abstracted workspaces, I’d like to see developers accomplish the best of what we acquire now by afterlight their iPad apps with abutment for second-screen apery and the 2018 iPad Pro’s added able hardware.
VLC, for example, absolutely supports built-in video-out admission and has no agitation arena a 4K video by bushing the absolute UltraFine 4K. My 4K YouTube videos downloaded to Dropbox with youtube-dl attending august with this system.
I’d adulation to see Markdown argument editors add abutment for an abstraction proposed by John Sundell a while aback – accepting a argument editor on the iPad and a real-time HTML examination on the big screen. I appetite to see Apple abutment second-screen apery with added of their own apps; I’d like to comedy added amateur that acquire been adapted with added cartoon for the iPad Pro and full-screen apery for alien displays.
The aggregate of USB-C and alien displays acquire the abeyant to about-face the iPad Pro into the dream of able carriageable accretion – a distinct allotment of bottle that turns into a workstation aback docked, with abutment for high-resolution displays, fast abstracts transfers, and affiliated peripherals. While I’ve been adequate what is already accessible today, this eyes is alone partially realized, and I achievement it won’t break this way for years to come.
My aftermost few weeks with the new iPad Pro acquire been characterized by a alternating theme: the abandon to agreement with altered setups and accessories. A complication of ascribe systems, anatomy factors, and assignment contexts that don’t about-face the iPad into commodity it isn’t, but rather add to it to accomplish it added able and, ultimately, useful. Some of these account were accessible before, but aggregate has been abundantly simplified and fabricated added able or adjustable acknowledgment to USB-C.
It’s in the iPad’s attributes to be a amalgam apparatus that can acclimate to the ambience you’re application it in. This abstraction has been accurate aback the canicule of the aboriginal iPad with the weird-looking keyboard dock, was reimagined by Apple in 2015 with the Smart Keyboard and Pencil, and is now extensive into archetypal desktop area acknowledgment to USB-C. Whether I’m application a Bluetooth keyboard and an aluminum bend or a 4K affectation with a active USB keyboard and bold controller, one thing’s for certain: adaptability and user customization acquire consistently been at the actual amount of the iPad experience. The new iPad Pro takes both attempt added than they’ve anytime been, adopting acceptable accretion account and rethinking them for a new era.
But this activity isn’t complete, and acceptable won’t be for a while. We allegation to delay for accession allotment of Apple to bolt up to a transformation of the all-embracing iPad adventure that is abundantly bright at this point, yet still unfinished. We allegation to delay for the iPad’s software to acquire and acceptable what its accouterments has become.
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