Use Astropad Slate to Control Mac Using iPad and Apple Pencil

When using the app, your Apple Pencil mirrors the Mac’s cursor, essentially turning your tablet into a giant trackpad.

Made for artists, you can draw in your favorite creative programs with the Apple Pencil.

Your handwriting on the iPad screen will also be converted to your Mac.

Gesture input lets you use one-finger and two-finger gestures to scroll and zoom on the Mac, just like a trackpad.

For any iPad Pro that has the Hover feature you can also use it on the Slate. Move the Apple Pencil over the iPad and then tap the stylus to click.

With older iPad models, you can also use a simulated hover gesture. Gently drag the Apple Pencil across the screen with an adjustable pressure level. Tap the Apple Pencil on the screen to click.

Like traditional tablets, the app also supports screen mapping. With that, the entire screen of your piped scales to map the complete display of the Mac. You can adjust it as needed.

Astropad Slate is an iPad only download on the App Store right now. This is a one time purchase for $19.99. No subscriptions or in-app purchases.

You will need to download the accompanying Mac app as well. After that you can connect Mac and iPad using Wi-Fi, USB cable, or peer-to-peer networking. A USB cable is the fastest and lowest latency option.

iPad needs to use at least iPadOS 15 while Mac needs macOS 11 or later.

To find out, the app is different than Astropad Studio. While Studio mirrors your Mac’s iPad screen, Slate provides a screen-free desk for a Mac.

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