One of the best accessories for your Mac is something you've never thought of: an iPhone or iPad. IOS offers tons of applications that can enhance your MacOS experience.
Here are six great apps that combine the power of iPhone (or iPad) and Mac for a better work experience and game experience.
1. Duet Display
Using a dual-screen display setup, you can be more productive when working. But there is no need to go out and make an expensive display purchase. With the Duet Display you can quickly and easily turn any iPhone or iPad into another touch screen for a Mac.
After downloading the companion app on your Mac, start the iOS app on your device and you're ready to go. Unlike similar programs, you need to connect your iPhone or iPad to your Mac with a lightning cable. It will help provide the fastest and most stable connection possible.
You can interact with your Mac using gestures known to all iPhone users, including two-finger scrolling and pan / zoom. For even more control, you can add a Touch Bar-like interface to any iPad.
Duet offers two optional subscriptions to take advantage of. Artists should take a look at Duet Pro. Using an Apple Pencil and iPad Pro, the app offers push-and-drop sensitivity, hover and palm rejection for a true drawing table experience.
The second option, Duet Air, allows the use of the app without being connected to a Mac or even while on another wireless network.
Download: Duet Display for macOS (Free) | iOS ($ 1
If you're looking for a full-fledged way to control and interact with your Mac from an iPhone or iPad, the monitors should be at the top of the list.
The app allows you to securely connect to a Mac anywhere in the world with an Internet connection. Just download the free Mac app from the screen. Once connected, you can choose between a touch mode or trackpad mode to control your computer remotely.
As another nice alternative, a shortcut toolbar provides quick access to key keys. Thanks to support for multi-display setup, you can choose a monitor to work with or watch at once.
You can even play technical support for friends and family. They can download a special app for your Mac, and you can connect to your computer using Screenshots on iPhone or iPad to troubleshoot problems or even install software updates.
Optional purchases in the app can provide a dark mode for the app, plus a mobile trackpad mode. It will allow you to use an iPhone or iPad as the trackpad to control another iOS device with monitor.
Download: Screenshots for macOS (Free) | IOS ($ 20, purchase of apps available)
3. Chrome Remote Desktop
For a simple alternative to monitors, check Chrome Remote Desktop. While it doesn't offer so many features, the app is free and lets you connect remotely to any Mac.
As you probably could tell from the name, you need to install Google Chrome on your Mac so that the app can work. After installing a Chrome extension, you're ready to go. Each computer you configure needs a connection PIN. On your iOS device, you can log on to the remote computer using the appropriate PIN.
For quick and easy access to a Mac, this app is hard to beat. But if you need to interact with a Mac for longer external sessions, or want to use a keyboard, you should definitely consider upgrading to Display.
Download: Chrome Remote Desktop for Chrome | iOS (free)
Using Keynote on iPhone or iPad is a great way to build presentations. But the iOS app also has another noticeable feature for Mac users. Instead of needing an external remote to control slides, you can only use your iPhone or iPad.
You have to do some work in advance to get everything that works. Start up the iOS app first. Then open the Mac version and go to Settings> Remote Controls to enable the feature and link with your iOS device.
This remote feature has a number of functions. It is easy to record notes of the note and see a combination of current or next slide. You can even annotate the presentation using a variety of colored pens. To complete the package, there is yet another virtual laser pointer to highlight important information.
To achieve your presentation capacity skills, follow the great tips and tricks to make the most of Keynote on Mac.
Download: Keynote for macOS | iOS (free)
5. BTT Remote Control
BTT Remote Control lets you control a Mac and its applications from the iPhone or iPad, as long as both use the same Wi-Fi network. Make sure the BetterTouchTool is first installed and running on your Mac first.
One of the best features of the tool is the ability to trigger a keyboard shortcut or a predefined action on Mac. With a touch on the app, for example, you can capture a screen shot or video of what's happening on the Mac screen and start the editing process.
It is also possible to assign an icon to each custom action for easy access on the iPhone or iPad. A built-in trackpad in the app (which also supports multi-touch gestures) lets you easily interact with a Mac.
The integrated file browser and launcher make it easy to browse and select files. An app purchase opens all the features of the iOS app, while the Mac app offers a free 45-day trial before you need to purchase a license.
Download: BetterTouchTool for macOS (Free trial, subscription required)
Download: BTT remote control for iOS (free, premium version available)
6. iTunes Remote
The iTunes Remote app is useful for more than just controlling an Apple TV when you have lost the Siri remoteunder the sofa pillows. As long as iTunes is open on Mac and Home Sharing is active, you can use the app to interact with your music library and even control the volume.
You can view music by artist and album and even search for a specific track. It's also easy to edit and create new playlists from iPhone or iPad. Apple Music subscribers can also access songs they have stored locally.
Beyond music, More tab gives access to other iTunes content such as movies, TV shows, music videos and podcasts.
Download: iTunes Remote for iOS (Free)
Work better together
With these applications, you can leverage the power of iPhone or iPad to work even better with your Mac in a broad range of tasks.
And you don't even need to download apps for your Apple devices to work in harmony. Make sure you take a look at the practical ways to use your Mac and iPhone together.
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