Is it possible to use an iPad as the monitor for a Mac Mini? Input would be from the Mac Mini's keyboard and mouse.


You should be able to set up the VNC server on the Mac (it's under System Preferences > Sharing > Screen Sharing), and use a VNC client on the iPad.

This goes over the network, not through a cable. It's possible there's an app and cable solution, but I haven't heard of one.

I just found this post, which describes how to set up the Mini side of it.

  • If it's something over the air then it's going to update the ipad screen very slowly. – Shedokan Nov 22 '11 at 19:19
  • Depending on the connection, probably. But it is a solution, and if you have a better one, please do post it. – Kevin Nov 22 '11 at 19:21
  • I didn't mean it in a bad way just as a note. – Shedokan Nov 22 '11 at 19:27
  • Sorry if that sounded overly defensive, I tried but couldn't come up with a softer way to put it. – Kevin Nov 22 '11 at 19:30

Alternatively, there is Air Display.

You can set it to mirror the desktop and it will act the same as a primary monitor for the Mac Mini. I'm not sure if this will be faster or slower than VNC, though.

  • Can I get an explanation for downvote? This is a perfectly viable solution given the criteria. – MaQleod Apr 25 '12 at 18:57

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