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Duet Display, a terrific app which turns an iOS device into an external display for the Mac, has been updated in the App Store with official support for the iPad Pro and major performance improvements on both iOS and OS X.

The best thing about the updated app is its ability to allocate one-third of the iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 4′ display for iOS apps, with the remaining two-thirds of the screen real estate dedicated to Mac apps.

Dual-screening using an iPad Pro and Duet Display comes with zero lag, developers claim. Crafted by ex-Apple engineers who worked on the iPad and iMac, Duet Display through its desktop helper app appears as an external display hooked up to your Mac or Windows PC via the USB port.

While Duet Display now supports a portable dual-display setup for your Mac or PC with two-thirds of the display allocated for Mac apps, there won’t be a full 2,732-by-2,048 pixel resolution option on the Mac until Lightning-to-USB 3 cables launch to support the ultra-high resolution of the iPad Pro.

In addition to Duet Display 1.2 for iOS, the Mac helper app is now significantly more responsive than before with half the CPU resource usage of the previous version.

The iOS app has also been optimized to work on older devices, consume less energy and work with iOS 9’s Split Screen multitasking overlay. To learn more about Duet Display, check out my hands-on article.

Duet Display works with the Apple Pencil, too, but the implementation leaves a lot to be desired. While you can use your Pencil to select things in Mac apps on your iPad’s display, features like pressure sensing are unsupported.


Duet Display 1.2 requires an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad with iOS 8.0 or later. The app is localized in English, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish and Traditional Chinese.

To take advantage of the latest performance improvements, make sure to download Duet Display for Mac or later or Duet Display for Windows 1.2.4 or later.

Duet Display is $9.99 in the App Store, a 40 percent savings on its regular price.

  • Bradley Culbertson

    This is exactly why I want an iPad Pro. duel monitors at the coffee shop…

    • Admin001

      I don’t mean to sound rude, buuuuut why do people like working at the coffee shops/cafes?

      • TinBug

        It’s not rude. It’s a valid question with an interesting answer.

        Coffee shops were traditionally meant as gathering, conversation spots. The addition of WIFI made the laptop invasion possible. I’m one of them and here’s why:

        1. I LOVE LOVE LOVE espresso, coffee and tea.

        2. My house is filled with screaming kids, barking dogs, wife that chases me with a to-do list and tons of distraction. No way I can possible write code or create graphics…plus, no room anywhere.

        3. My office is empty on the weekends and it’s hard to be motivated without the hustle and bustle of people around. It’s lonely and I feel like the only one on planet earth that has to work the weekend.

        4. I tried my parent’s basement. They argue a lot and constantly interrupt with stories, try to feed me…haha! I love ’em, but dang is it hard to work.

        So there are a few reasons of the top of my head. That being said…noise blocking headphones are a necessity, because people who visit the coffee shop have every reason to be able to talk and laugh loudly with friends without getting dirty looks from us laptop workers. And we should take up as little room as possible, not an entire large table. Enjoy your coffee;-)

      • Abdul Nabi

        Totally agree… oh and lots of eye candy at the cafe (especially here in Amsterdam)… makes working fun 🙂

    • Morgan Freeman

      Your monitors will be dueling? Awesome!

  • sNick

    Duet Display works perfectly fine for the most time, but sometimes it crashes. (Chrome, especially youtube kills it.)
    And I can’t change the resolution without freezing my whole PC. Retina only. Everything is a lilttle bit small on iPad Air.

  • Unknow Unknow

    Even this simple ad is more nicer that Apple ads

  • Mandl C.

    Where can I get the clip that the dude is using that clips the iPad to the Macbook’s display?

  • Vince Collier

    It will be great when they actually get the Pressure sensitivity working on it.

  • Diego Borgo

    Can I sketch/draw on the Ipad Pro while running photoshop on the Macbook?!

    Does it support using the Ipad pen?!


    • Selamat Zhang

      For that, check out Astropad.