Air Display Uses iPad to Extend Desktop

Air Display Uses iPad to Extend Desktop

Anthony Nguyen
May 27, 2010

Nothing new here, but we're still rather surprised Apple didn't include the ability to use the iPad as a screen extender to begin with. Since one of the biggest criticisms of the iPad is that it's not a "true computer," having it act as a fully integrated sidekick to a real computer would be quite compelling.

So how's it work? If you've got a Mac (they used a 13-inch MacBook), you connect both to a common access point and the connection is made via WiFi. You also need to install a small helper application on your Mac.

The folks at Wired gave it a test run and it doesn't seem to bad. There seems to be a bit of lag due to the fact that it's connecting via WiFi, but nothing that makes it become unusable at any point. So something like IM boxes and e-mail clients would work best within the extra screen estate.

The Air Display App can be had for $10 over at the iTunes store.

[Via Wired]

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