Using the iPad as a secondary screen of a PC is possible. Even more polished than the Sidecar functionality, Astropad Studio could become a real ally for creatives straddling the ecosystems of Apple and Microsoft.
Lost in sight by part of the public since the deployment of the Sidecar feature on macOS Catalina, alternative tools such as Duet Display or Luna Display already made it possible to use the iPad as a secondary screen for the Mac. To remain relevant after Apple has settled in their backyard, with a native function, these solutions have enriched their offer. In addition to targeting more advanced and creative uses than those permitted with Sidecar, they are now diversifying.
At the bridgehead: Astropad. Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, the studio now offers a Luna Display module for Windows which allows you to combine an iPad with a Windows 10 PC. Let us recall as an aside that it was already possible to use an Android tablet as a secondary display for a Windows PC, among other things using the Duet Display tool.
Astropad Standard and Studio for Windows beta released
Now available in public beta, Astropad Standard and Studio for Windows are accessible to users after registration. As MacGeneration indicates, both versions of the tool can be tested over Wi-Fi or USB connection (via a dongle). In the video unveiled for the occasion, the result seems convincing, with a Windows version of Luna Display which roughly allows you to transform an iPad Pro (for example) into a real graphics tablet. The screen of the target PC is then replicated on the iPad. The iOS gestures remain usable and the Apple Pencil stylus is supported by the Astropad solution, which also offers a settings panel, a virtual keyboard, as well as quick access to favorites.
Astropad Standard and Studio are otherwise able to support GPU acceleration, while allowing low latency (60 fps). Latency which should be further reduced with future updates. These should also provide an additional functionality: the creation of shortcuts for each application used.
Windows support will be available at no additional cost through the Astropad Standard (€ 32.99) and Studio ($ 12 per month) plans once the beta phase is over.