Apple'snot only killed the home button, but also made the switch from the company's own Lightning connector to the much more common USB-C jack. Through the USB-C connector, you can use a wide range of iPad accessories and peripherals, including external monitors.
This was something Apple talked about under iPad Pro's announcement. The thing is, it's not as simple as you would think.
The display of an external display has been possible for several years via an HDMI adapter (30) pin or flash).
The new iPad Pro ($ 799 on Walmart) makes it easier to do – as we can see – thanks to the USB-C port. It also makes it possible to work with monitors with up to 5K resolution.
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Not all USB-C connections are created alike. For example, iPad Pro does not support Thunderbolt 3 screens, even though the connector looks identical to a USB-C connector.
iPad Pro uses the DisplayPort standard, but requires a high-speed cable to be output at 5K resolutions. Apple proposes Belkin USB-C to USB-C cable or Apple's Thunderbolt 3 USB-C cable as a way to unlock the entire throughput.
Here's a good example of how confusing it is to navigate what's going to work and when: The LG UltraFine 4K Display supports a USB-C connection and works with iPad Pro without any additional adapters. LG UltraFine 5K Display, on the other hand, is dependent on Thunderbolt 3 and will not work with iPad Pro.
Let me try to distill this and make it easy.
- If the monitor has a USB-C to USB-C connection, you can connect the iPad Pro directly, probably with the monitor's supplied cable.
- For all other monitors, you need the appropriate adapter (USB-C to HDMI, USB-C to DisplayPort, and so on).
- Some screens also provide power to iPad Pro, charging it as it is used. Some do not charge, so you need an adapter like Apple's USB-C Digital AV multiport adapter or your iPad will drain.
How does it work?
Mostly the iPad Pro on a display simply reflects the mirror on your iPad. What you see on iPad is what you see on the screen. However, some apps can do more with the other screen.
For example, when using iMovie, you can either have the editing screen displayed on the screen or you can choose to display the project's output on the screen by selecting the external display button. In photos, images with a black background appear on the external display, and when a video is played, it is displayed on the monitor only.
Other apps, such as Adobe Lightroom, will not allow you to choose what appears. Instead, the edited photo will appear on the external screen all the time.
In the Settings app, there are some options if you think you have problems with the quality of output that appears on a monitor or TV.
Open Settings > Display & Brightness then select the screen that is connected. Once there you can adjust the brightness of the external display and customize the iPad Pro output to it.
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