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How to Connect iPad to Monitor

How to Connect iPad to Monitor

While information technologies continue to break down the barriers of global society, they sometimes create limited loops. Getting one device to cooperate with another isn’t always easy.

Studies show that working remotely encourages productivity and clarity of thought. Working on the go is powerful. Bringing portable technology back to the office to show off your results needs to be just as powerful.

The ability to connect iPads to monitors has its place and its difficulties. In the past, difficult to orchestrate proprietary connections were needed. Now, the iPad Pro has moved in universal connections. 

Read on to learn how to connect an iPad to monitor and see how users can benefit from using an external monitor.

Connect iPad to Monitor in Two Steps

Previous iPad connections would require both a Thunderbolt connection cable and/or an Apple TV, all of which needed to be linked through your iTunes to prevent errors and pop-ups.

iPad and iPad Pro now use USB-C connections. This miniature cable works with many devices and is a standard connection for a variety of displays and monitors.

Depending on the external monitor you want to connect with, you may still need an adaptor to connect the USB-C to a DisplayPort or HDMI. 

This sounds inconvenient, but the upside is that it will connect. The firmware functions to make each of these connections send and receive necessary information.

Once the cable is connected, you only need to mirror the display from the iPad to the chosen monitor. Many times, this will happen automatically as soon as the USB recognizes the monitor.

Monitor Choice

You can easily connect your iPad to a monitor, but not all monitors behave the same way when connected. Outside of the plug and play ease of the new format, the other benefit is speed.

Previously, an iPad would only display in 1080p but the USB-C unlocks 4k compatibility. You can also use some 5k displays, but only if you have a Thunderbolt 3 USB-C or other high-speed cables.

The port is compatible in these instances, but not all cables have the same speed and capacity. Apple officially endorses Belkin and its own Apple Thunderbolt 3 for these reasons.

Uses for External Monitor

The main benefit of using an external monitor is for enhanced visuals. Working on graphic projects, in particular, benefits from more real estate. 

Compiling and creating presentations is another frequent use for a tablet. With this ease of connection, you can cut down on presentation mishaps by having everything ready to go in your own system and only requiring output.

Some applications do more than simply mirror the iPad display to the external monitor. Editing programs, such as iMovie and Adobe Lightroom, present edited material on full display and the assorted tools on the iPad.

As more programs join this type of “you see, they see” technology, the iPad will be an even more useful device for editing and presentations.

Be Ready with Latest Technology

Looking for more reasons to connect iPad to monitor ports? Besides showcasing presentations and visuals, this set-up can enhance employee productivity or be used for in-house training. Or consider how easy it is to upload and run brand messaging in an exhibitor booth. All you’ll have to do is rent an iPad Pro, connect it to a monitor rental, and you’re all set! Intrigued? Give us a call at 888-520-5667 or contact us for a quick quote.