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Apple‘s new iPad Pro looks better than ever, but 2 more features would make it perfect

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In 2010, Apple cofounder Steve Jobs demonstrated the iPad’s capabilities by sitting down on a big comfy chair with it, on stage in front of hundreds of people, and showing what it was like to read a book or browse the web on the iPad.

Recently, though, Apple has pushed the idea of using the iPad for doing work. Real work.

The first iPad Pro, which launched in 2015, had a massive, 12.9-inch display and supported an Apple-made keyboard and a stylus, called Apple Pencil.

Apple also added a ton of productivity features for the iPad in iOS 11 last year, including a dock, drag and drop, multi-tasking, and a way to get files from your main computer — very laptop-y features.

Clearly, Apple wants people to do work on the iPad. But if that’s the case, Apple needs to consider adding these two crucial features that would bring its tablet much more in line with other professional workstations.

A proper file system

In 2014, Apple introduced iCloud Drive, which let you access your saved files across your iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

iCloud Drive is useful for getting documents saved to a few folders on your computer, but it’s limited to what you can store in iCloud. It’s not a true file system, which is what the iPad deserves.

On Mac computers, the main file system is called Finder. You can find documents quickly and easily, and rearrange them to your liking using folders. You can send any documents or folders to the trash, where you have one more opportunity to keep them before you lose them forever.

The closest approximation to a file system on the iPad, unfortunately, is the Files app, which is really just iCloud Drive. If you haven’t connected your iPad to your iCloud account, the Files app simply doesn’t work. This isn’t the case when you buy a new Mac computer.

If you don’t like the Files app, you can also use Spotlight Search on the iPad, where you pull down from the middle of the screen to search for anything on your device, but that’s about it.

As a professional user, I want the ability to see and organize all of my files on the fly without needing to visit specific applications, or be connected to iCloud. I just want to be able to explore all of the files and data on my iPad like I can on my Mac. Apple may not have considered baking a full file system into iOS because you’re not doing a ton of work on an iPhone, but it’s one of the biggest aspects that keeps the iPad from becoming a true laptop replacement.

Support for mice and trackpads

Back in June, Apple’s software chief Craig Federighi was asked why he wouldn’t put a touchscreen on a PC.

We really feel that the ergonomics of using a Mac are that your hands are rested on a surface, and that lifting your arm up to poke a screen is a pretty fatiguing thing to do, he told Wired.

What’s funny is that while Federighi was attempting to denounce touchscreen PCs, he unwittingly explained why the iPad isn’t a great replacement for a true work computer, like a laptop or desktop. He says it himself: Lifting your arm up to poke a screen is a pretty fatiguing thing to do. And he’s right!

Federighi’s quote is exactly why the iPad needs more inputs methods — particularly the mouse and trackpad, two of the most traditional and popular input methods in the history of computing.

The New iPad is Weird!

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There are a handful of occasions when touchscreens are not ideal — like when you’re playing a game, for instance, since your hand will probably obscure the game you’re playing at least partially. And touchscreens, while fun, are not as precise as mice or trackpads. The Apple Pencil is designed to solve this issue of precision, and it is extremely precise, but it doesn’t solve the issue of fatigue. Imagine editing photos or videos with an Apple Pencil for hours at a time; it’s much easier to do when you don’t have to lift your arm.

Apple needs to figure out a way to let mice and trackpads play nice with the iPads. Even if this feature only works for the iPad Pro, and even if it’s only Apple’s own Magic Trackpad and Magic Mouse, Apple should do it. Mouse and trackpad support would make it much easier to work on an iPad for extended periods of time.

Apple is so close to making a perfect tablet

The iPad Pro’s hardware is pretty much there: the new edge-to-edge display looks gorgeous, and the device is really powerful and incredibly thin.

At this point, it’s only the software — without a proper file system, and the lack of support for certain accessories — that’s holding it back.

Apple Pencil

Steve Jobs famously said, about tablets, “If you need a stylus, you’ve already failed.” But he was talking about using a stylus as the main input device for a tablet. When Apple released the Apple Pencil in 2015, this quote was revived to remind people that a) things have changed, and b) Steve Jobs wasn’t always right.

In 2018, Apple released a second version of the Apple Pencil, with more advanced features designed for the then-new iPad Pro models. Logitech, meanwhile, sells the Crayon: a less expensive version of the pencil that’s compatible with certain iPads.

In this article I’m going to tell you everything you can do with the Apple Pencil, and the Logitech Crayon.


There are two different Apple Pencils, and each one has a different set of iPads it works with. The 2nd generation Apple Pencil works with the follow iPad models:

  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th generation)
  • iPad Pro 11-inch (1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th generation)
  • iPad Air (4th and 5th generation)
  • iPad mini (6th generation)

The first-generation Apple Pencil works with a wider range of iPad models, some of which date back to 2015:

  • iPad (6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th generation)
  • iPad Air (3rd generation)
  • iPad mini (5th generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st and 2nd generation)
  • iPad Pro 10.5-inch
  • iPad Pro 9.7-inch

It’s worth noting that the first-generation Apple Pencil requires a USB‑C to Apple Pencil Adapter to work with the iPad (10th generation). This Pencil has a lightning connector to charge, and the iPad (10th generation) has a USB-C jack.

The Logitech Crayon is compatible all iPad models from 2018 or later. Logitech has just released a new model, which has a USB-C connector, replacing the Lightning connector that was on the original model. Both versions of the Crayon are still available, but if you’re buying one now, it’s probably best to go for USB-C, since it’s going to be the standard going forward.

The original Apple Pencil has an odd way of charging: you remove the easy-to-lose cap and stick it into a Lightning port (on an iPad or iPhone). That’s right, the Pencil just sticks straight out from the iPad—risking damage to both devices if you aren’t careful.

The second-generation Apple Pencil connects magnetically to one side of the iPad Pro and powers up using induction charging. This also gives you a practical way to carry the Pencil with your iPad. The magnet is strong, but I’d still be careful if you’re carrying the iPad with its Pencil out in the open (i.e. not placed together in a case).

To charge the Logitech Crayon, pull back the silicone cap at the end and connect a Lightning cable or USB-C cable, depending on the model.

Current for these devices are 99 for the 1st generation Apple Pencil), 129 for the 2nd generation Apple Pencil, and 70 fro the Logitech Crayon.

The main difference between the Apple and Logitech devices is that the latter doesn’t have pressure sensitivity—which is important if you’re creating detailed drawings on your iPad. However, if you tilt the Logitech Crayon, it does make thicker lines. This means that for basic note-taking and other general uses, the Crayon may meet your needs. But if you’re an artist who wants a tool for drawing digital artwork, you’ll almost certainly want the Pencil.

Form factor

The original Apple Pencil was round all around, meaning that it would roll on a desk or table that wasn’t perfectly level. The new model has one flat side, preventing unwanted movement. This change is a no-brainer; the round pencil was perhaps attractive from a purely aesthetic perspective, but it was impractical. The newer Pencil also has a matte finish, which is easier to hold and less slippery than the first model. Meanwhile, the Logitech Pencil has an oval-shaped body; it’s quite wide, which may not feel comfortable to everyone, but it does stay flat on a table.


Setup for all of these devices is simple. Make sure Bluetooth is turned on. With the first-generation Apple Pencil, remove the cap, then plug its lighting connector into your iPad, then tap the Pair button. For the second-generation model, place the Apple Pencil on the magnetic side of the iPad. The iPad will immediately recognize the Pencil and pair with it. When you connect the Apple Pencil, the iPad briefly displays how much charge the device has.

For the Logitech Crayon, press and hold its power button for a second or two, until the tiny LED next to the button lights up, then start writing. It pairs automatically.


There are a few settings for the Apple Pencil, including one setting specifically for the second-generation model. You can double-tap the bottom third of the screen to effect a change. In Settings Apple Pencil, you can choose whether this “gesture” switches between the current tool and the eraser, between the current tool and the last one you used, or shows the color palette.

Other settings let you tell your iPad to only use your Apple Pencil or Logitech Crayon to draw. There’s a setting to activate Scribble, which we’ll discuss in the next section.


With the introduction of iPadOS 14 came Scribble, an innovative feature that takes advantage of the Apple Pencil or Logitech Crayon. Scribble lets you write on your iPad in any text area. While at first this might remind long-time aficionados of the Apple Newton’s handwriting recognition of the mid-1990s (famously lampooned on The Simpsons) it’s actually much more advanced than that.

With Scribble, you can use your Pencil or Crayon to write directly in Safari’s address bar, compose emails, and use Smart selection to select, cut, and paste text converted from your handwriting. iPadOS uses data detectors to recognize phone numbers, dates, and addresses, so you could, for example, write a phone number, then tap it and call it.

Scribble isn’t just for writing words and number, though. It also recognizes shapes, so if you want to, for example, create a flow chart, your squares, circles, and triangles will be converted into clean shapes.

To use Scribble, just write—anywhere. If you write in Notes, you can tap the pencil icon with the A at the bottom of the window, then write; this tells Scribble to convert whatever you write with your Pencil or Crayon into text.

The best way to see how Scribble works is to go to Settings Apple Pencil, make sure Scribble is enabled, then tap Try Scribble. The tutorial shows what you can do with Scribble. It even works with my very messy handwriting, as you can see.

Getting started with Notes

Apple’s Notes app is the perfect way to start using the Apple Pencil or Logitech Crayon. Create a new note, then tap the Markup icon at the top right of the screen.

Notes displays a set of tools at the bottom of the screen. You can now begin to draw or even write text. The iPad Pro offers excellent palm rejection so it doesn’t think you’re writing with your entire hand.

There are four drawing options: from left to write they are a pencil for handwriting recognition, a pen, a felt-tip pen and a pencil. To the right of that is an eraser, then a selection tool. Tap one of these to activate them. Tap again and you can choose the thickness of the lines and the saturation of the color.

If you want to use Scribble for handwriting recognition, tap the pencil with the A. Start writing, and Scribble will convert your handwriting to text. Use the gestures presented in the video above to erase, select, and edit text.

To add drawings in your notes, switch to one of the other tools. You have a choice of colors, with black and the primary colors immediately available; tap the color wheel to choose a different color.

If you want to draw perfect shapes, such as circles and squares, draw the shape you want, and, at the end, don’t lift the pencil right away; you’ll see the shape snap into a perfect circle or square.

You can use the eraser tool to erase anything you’ve drawn. To use it, just tap the eraser it in the tools palette. (Or, if you have the second-generation Apple Pencil and you’ve set that option, double-tap in the lower third of the display to switch to the eraser tool.)

Use the selection tool to select an element, then tap and drag it to a new location. The selection tool doesn’t give you a fine selection; it selects entire objects that you’ve drawn. Note that the undo and redo buttons at the bottom left of the screen allow you to step backward and forward in your actions.

Here’s a great tip if you use Apple Notes. If your iPad is locked, tap the screen to wake it up; you’ll jump directly to your choice: a new note, the last note you viewed, or the last note you created. You can select your preference in Settings Notes Access Notes from Lock Screen.

You can also use it as a stylus

While the Apple Pencil and Logitech Crayon aren’t primarily intended to be used as styluses to control the iPad, you can use them as such. For some apps, this can be very practical. You can tap buttons, drag sliders and select objects. This is great for editing photos, for example, because it is a lot easier to tap some of the small icons in complex editing apps with the Pencil than with a finger.

You can navigate the iPad Pro with the Apple Pencil or Logitech Crayon performing just about every action with the stylus. I find it particularly useful for doing the New York Times crossword. The only things you cannot do are return to your home screen or switch apps (you need to swipe up from the bottom of the device with your finger), or display Control Center (swipe down from the top right) or notifications (swipe down from the top left).

Annotate PDFs

You can annotate PDFs using the Apple Pencil or Logitech Crayon. This can be done either using the iOS Markup tools or with one of many such apps available for iOS. Open a PDF, tap the Markup icon and draw. You can also sign PDFs using these devices.

Edit text

One of my favorite uses for the Apple Pencil or Logitech Crayon is editing text. Text editing on an iOS device is clumsy at best; it’s hard to select items and it’s even harder to drag the little lollipops at the beginning and end of a selection. With the Apple Pencil, I can easily edit texts I write, select and move text, or delete text. I sometimes use the pencil to tap letters on the keyboard when I’m fixing typos or adding short words.

If you have an iPad, the Apple Pencil or Logitech Crayon is a worthwhile addition to the device. Even if you don’t draw, you may find lots of uses for your pencil device. It may help you streamline your work with the tablet.

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Magic Gestures

Astropad Studio’s Magic Gestures streamline your productivity, enhancing your workflow all from your iPad Pro. With 1-2-3 fingers and Apple Pencil, commands and functions are right at your fingertips.

Apple Pencil Required Gestures

For these gestures, hold your fingers on screen while using Apple Pencil.

There are 3 Magic Gesture types that utilize Apple Pencil; 1 finger and Pencil, 2 fingers and Pencil, and 3 fingers and Pencil. Once you remove your fingers from the screen, the gesture deactivates.

Functions that can be assigned to these gestures include:


Command/Ctrl and E lets you utilize an Eraser tool if available in a program. Hold your fingers on screen, and eraser with your Pencil.


Move around your cursor on screen, without leaving a mark! Crosshairs will show up on screen where you place Apple Pencil’s tip. Hold your fingers on screen and hover with your Pencil.

Right Mouse Button

Use Apple Pencil as a Right Mouse button. This is helpful for 3D sculpting and rendering software.

  • Three Fingers Tap to Redo and change your composition in moments

Panning Zooming

Using two finger gestures you can pan and zoom your canvas like you would using a Mac or some Windows trackpads. Unlike Move Zoom, this allows touch pan and zooming directly in your creative program’s canvas. Two fingers pinching gesture to zoom; and two fingers together dragging along the screen to pan.

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Customizing Gestures

Want to change a gesture for use with a different program? No worries! Magic gestures can be customized and edited at any time from the sidebar.

For Apple Pencil-required gestures, tap Magic Gestures from the Main Menu sidebar.

Convenient Shortcuts:

1 Finger Pencil

For Illustration and drawing – Hover; Eraser; or Option/alt.

For 3D or other rendering type programs – Hover; Middle Mouse Button; shift control; or Option/alt Control Shift.

2 Fingers Pencil or 3 Fingers Pencil

For Illustration and drawing – Shift; Option/alt; Control; or hover

For 3D or other rendering type programs – Middle Mouse Button; or Right Mouse Button; Shift Control

Options will be available to reconfigure each Finger-with-Pencil combination. An individual preview line color can also be set or to an Apple Pencil gesture.

After you’ve chosen the function for a Finger Pencil gesture, tap “Back” at the top of the sidebar and it will be changed and saved.

For Finger Tap Gestures, select Workspace from the Main Menu. Tap “Edit Shortcuts”, and options to edit will be towards the bottom. One thing that makes them different from the Fingers Apple Pencil Gestures is that you can set them to any keyboard shortcut.

Convenient Shortcuts:

For Two Fingers Tap:

Option/alt; ⌘Z, CtrlZ; or Option/alt ⌘Z or CtrlZ

For Three Fingers Tap:

⌘Y/CtrlY; Option/alt ⌘Z/Ctrl Z; Delete; or Shift ⌘N/Ctrl Z

Disabling Gestures

Selecting “No Action” will disable the gesture, but this can always be changed back at any time.

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How To Use An Apple Pencil With A Mac Computer

An Apple Pencil can’t draw directly on a Mac, but Continuity provides two methods to wirelessly connect an iPad and use the stylus with Mac apps.

The Apple Pencil can’t be used natively with Mac computers as the displays don’t have the touch support required, but there is a way to draw or sketch on an iPad using Apple’s stylus and duplicate the content on a Mac. The trick is to use one of Apple’s Continuity features to wirelessly share the Mac’s screen with an iPad. Quick sketches made with an Apple Pencil and iPad can also be inserted directly into Mac apps that accept images.

Apple provides two different ways to use an Apple Pencil with a Mac, and both require an iPad. For quick drawings to be inserted into a document, it may be easiest to use Continuity Sketch, a feature that lets the iPad be used independently to draw with an Apple Pencil or a finger. To use the feature, open a Mac document, note, or email, and then click on ‘File’ in the Menu bar. Choose ‘Insert from iPad’ and then select ‘Sketch.’ A blank canvas with familiar markup tools will appear on the iPad (provided it’s signed in to with the same Apple ID). Use the Apple Pencil (or finger) to write or sketch. Tap ‘Done’ to close the drawing on iPad and insert it into the Mac document.

Sidecar Turns iPad Into A Secondary Display

For more advanced drawing, a Mac paint app or graphics design app can be used with another Continuity feature called Sidecar, which allows Mac owners to mirror their screen on an iPad or use it as a secondary display. Setup happens entirely on the Mac. To begin, click on the Apple menu and open ‘System Settings.’ Scroll down and select ‘Displays.’ Click on the ” menu and select the iPad from the list. Once enabled, a screen mirroring button (two overlapping rectangles) will appear in the macOS menu bar. Alternatively, click on Control Center on Mac and select ‘Screen Mirroring’ from the list.

Once the iPad is selected, click on the ‘Use as’ menu and select a preferred screen mirroring option. The Mac screen will appear on the iPad, and users can now control their Mac’s interface by using Apple Pencil. Tapping anywhere on the iPad screen with Apple Pencil will function like the Mac’s cursor, letting users select menu commands, checkboxes, and files. Users can also turn on ‘Enable Double Tap For Apple Pencil’ from the Mac menu that brings up drawing tools in some apps when the lower part of the Apple Pencil is double tapped.

Use Universal Control To Control iPad With A Mac

Another way to use Apple Pencil on a Mac is by enabling Universal Control. Like Sidecar, Universal Control allows a Mac and iPad to work together. However, while Sidecar just turns an iPad into a secondary monitor for a Mac, Universal Control allows Mac users to control the iPad with their trackpad and keyboard. To enable Universal Control on Mac, tap on the Apple icon in the menu, select ‘System Settings’ and go to ‘Displays.’ Click on ‘Advanced’ and choose ‘Allow your pointer and keyboard to move between any nearby Mac or iPad.’ On the iPad, open Settings, tap ‘General’ and then go to ‘AirPlay Handoff.’ Enable the toggle next to ‘Cursor and Keyboard.’

Once Universal Control has been set up, unlock both devices and place them next to each other. Move the Mac’s pointer to the edge of the screen until it appears on the iPad as a dot, which represents a finger. Users can now use the Apple Pencil on their iPad and draw how they normally would with all of their favorite apps. Once someone finishes their artwork and wants to move it to their Mac, they can move their Mac’s mouse cursor over to the iPad, select the drawing, and drag it over to the Mac. The mouse and files flow seamlessly from iPad to Mac — creating a pretty magical workflow. Universal Control is available for devices running macOS Monterey and iPadOS 15 and later, and is a great addition for creatives looking to use their Apple Pencil and Mac to their fullest potential.

Future Macs Could Feature Apple Pencil Support

While using an Apple Pencil with a Mac currently involves including an iPad in the process, this could change in the future. An Apple patent discovered by Patently Apple imagines a future Mac computer with Apple Pencil support. The patent images show an Apple Pencil that is placed in a retainer just above the keyboard. The Apple Pencil can be removed and used as an input device, presumably for actions like sketching and note-taking, but the interesting additions come when it’s placed in its retainer. The patent shows how the docked Apple Pencil can function as a replacement for the Touch Bar. When docked, users will be able to rotate it like a scroll wheel on a mouse, making actions like scrolling or zooming possible.

interestingly, the Apple Pencil can replace the top F-key row, with the keys illuminated on the body. The patent also lists haptic feedback, which means pressing an F-key on the Apple Pencil would be akin to pressing a key on the keyboard. Other images in the patent show the retainer being positioned at the side or bottom of the MacBook’s chassis, and a final option shows it magnetically attaching to the side, similar to how it can be stored on an iPad. While Apple hasn’t provided any indications of a touchscreen Mac so far, the Apple Pencil can provide several functionalities that could make this a possibility in the future.

Set Up Your New iPad Air or iPad mini Right with These Smart Accessories

Apple’s upgraded both the iPad Air and the iPad mini to be more powerful with a new design that’s minimal and elegant. Both devices have basically everything we could ever ask for and more – and it doesn’t matter which one you get; you’ll love what you can do with such small and powerful devices.

However, if you want to take your experience to the next level, you might want to add a few accessories into the mix.

After all, both devices are too capable to just use as regular, old tablets.

Instead, you can use your iPad as a computer replacement with a keyboard case (or get one to add some protection, so you don’t have a mini heart attack if you drop your favorite tablet).

Here are some of the best accessories you can get for your iPad mini or iPad Air!

Apple Smart Folio

Apple’s Smart Folio is one of the oldest accessories for iPads ever, but it works just like new on your iPad Air or iPad mini. What’s great about the Smart Folio is that it offers protection on both the back and front of your iPad without making it too bulky, so you can still take it anywhere you go. Another cool feature is that you can fold the cover to make a stand for your iPad, making it perfect to binge-watch your favorite shows. Of course, since it’s a thinner cover, your iPad won’t be as protected as with some other cases, but it’ll get the job done.

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Apple Magic Keyboard (iPad Air)

One of the coolest changes Apple made to the iPad Air in 2020 was that it now supports the Magic Keyboard. This is the easiest way to turn your iPad into a laptop replacement. After you take the Magic Keyboard out of the box, all you need to do is snap your iPad Air into it, and your iPad will do the rest. You can easily start navigating your iPad with the built-in trackpad to work on your assignments with the keyboard. What’s cool is that the keyboard also uses trackpad gestures and keyboard shortcuts like on a Mac, so it’ll be easy to adjust if you’ve never worked on an iPad. And thanks to the magnets, you can just take the tablet off of the keyboard to use it as a regular iPad. Overall, it has the best of both worlds. Get it here.

Is the Apple Magic Trackpad 3 that much better than the Original?

Apple Magic Keyboard

Unfortunately, the Magic Keyboard case doesn’t fit the iPad mini, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t support Bluetooth keyboards. You can still connect any keyboard and start using it on your iPad mini, but why use any keyboard when you can use Apple’s very own Magic Keyboard! What’s great about this keyboard is that you don’t have to use it just with your iPad mini or iPad Air, and it’ll work perfectly with any other iPad or Mac you have at home. Plus, it can also work with Windows computers, so you don’t have to worry about buying it just for your iPad mini. Get it here.

Apple Pencil (2nd Generation)

One of Apple’s best decisions in 2021 was adding second-generation Apple Pencil support to the iPad mini. Both the iPad Air and iPad mini support the Apple Pencil two, which is great news for artists and people who love styluses. As you’d expect from Apple devices, the Apple Pencil works flawlessly with the iPad. The pairing process only takes and second, and you’ll be able to grab the Apple Pencil and start using it immediately. Plus, charging this Pencil is way easier than the first generation, so it’ll be a hassle-free experience. Get it here.

Airpods (3rd Generation)

If you plan to use your iPad Air or iPad mini to binge-watch your favorite shows, you’ll probably want to get a pair of earbuds to improve your experience. And right now, there’s no better option than the new Airpods. Apple upgraded the regular Airpods in 2021 to make them look and feel more premium. Thanks to a complete redesign, and an improvement in its internal specs, you’ll get the same amazing sound quality and more battery life in a new, more elegant look. Plus, they’ll also work great with your iPhone, Mac, and other Bluetooth devices. Get them here.

Screen Protector

Let’s face it: whether you’re using the iPad mini or the iPad Air, both devices are too expensive to scratch their screens. So it’s important to protect their screens from your fingers and even the Apple Pencil. Fortunately, there are a couple of options available.

If you’re using an iPad mini, you can get the KCT Paperfeel Glass Screen Protector. As you can guess from the name, this screen protector will make your iPad mini feel like you’re writing or drawing on actual paper with your Apple Pencil.

For the iPad Air, we also recommend the KCT Paperfeel Glass Screen Protector. It also helps you feel like you’re writing on drawing on paper with your Apple Pencil, and it also brings an extra layer of protection. It also has an anti-glare feature, and it prevents fingerprints. Get it here.

Magic Trackpad

When it comes to using a mouse with your iPad Air or iPad mini, you have a couple of options. You can use a regular Bluetooth mouse or get a Magic Trackpad. The Magic Trackpad works like the trackpad on your MacBook or iPad Magic Keyboard, but better. You can use it to navigate your iPad with a few swipes, but you can also make gestures with or three fingers to open the app switcher or switch between apps. You’ll also have much more room to move around, so it’ll be easier to use. And, as you can expect, it works with other Apple products like your Mac or MacBook. Get it here.

Twelve South HoverBar Duo

The HoverBar Duo is a great accessory if you want to use your iPad to make FaceTime calls, watch your favorite shows, or use your iPad as a second monitor when you’re working. Whether you’re using an iPad Air or an iPad mini, you can use the HoverBar to adjust your iPad to work comfortably. For example, you can use a clamp to hang your iPad or use the base to put it on a desk. You can adjust its arm in both forms to keep your iPad in the perfect position while you work or relax at home. Get it here.


One of the great things about both the iPad Air and iPad mini is that they now have a USB-C instead of Lightning. This makes it easier to use other accessories, like a USB_C Hub. This hub is compact enough to take it with you at all times, but it’s got enough ports to connect your USB drives, SD cards and even has a headphone jack. It comes with an HDMI port, a 3.5mm audio jack, USB 3.0 and USB-C ports, and an SD card reader. So whether you want to move files or show a presentation, you’ll be able to use this hub to keep yourself connected to many things at once. Get it here.

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