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How to Use Your iPad Pro as a Portable Secondary Display for Your MacBook

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On the road, you don't always have the luxury of having a projector to display your presentation.  Whether you are making your pitch in a company that doesn't have a meeting room available or in a Starbucks like this one in Livermore, California, having a second presentation screen comes in handy especially if you are using the Apple MacBook (Early 2015).  The MacBook is highly portable at only 2 lbs but its 12" screen isn't that great for sharing with others.   

The Apple iPad Pro is a nice complement to the MacBook in that it only weights 1.57 lbs and can be used anytime on a plane (at least in the US).  The 12.9" display is just large enough to serve as a secondary monitor that can be placed in front of the person you are presenting to.  

With Apple releasing the Apple USB-C to Lightning Cable, it's even easier to now use the iPad Pro as a monitor for your MacBook.  

Also make sure you use the iPad Pro Smart Cover to stand the iPad Pro up into a comfortable position suitable for viewing and presentation.  

The easiest way to set up the iPad Pro as a monitor for the MacBook is to install the Duet Application on both the MacBook and iPad Pro.

The following are screenshots for installing Duet Display on the MacBook.  Note you will need to restart the MacBook after installing Duet.

The following are screenshots for installing Duet on the iPad Pro:

To start using Duet, open the Duet Application on both the MacBook and iPad Pro.  

Next connect the MacBook to the iPad Pro using the Apple USB-C to Lightning Cable.  This cable will use the MacBook to charge the the iPad Pro while the iPad Pro serves as a secondary display.  

You'll see a message on the MacBook showing the iPad is connected to the MacBook.

You can then see the iPad Pro display become as a secondary screen for the MacBook.  What's cool is that unlike the MacBook, you can also use touch to directly manipulate the screen.

What is also interesting is that connectivity between the iPad Pro and the MacBook is only at USB 2.0 speeds even though the iPad Pro also supports USB 3.1 Gen 1 speeds.

The Apple iPad Pro serves as a convenient secondary display for the Apple MacBook (Early 2015) and is especially useful on the road where you need something highly portable.

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