How to Use Your iPad as a Second Screen for Your Mac – Mac Rumors

How to Use Your iPad as a Second Screen for Your Mac – Mac Rumors
Duet Display is an app made by former Apple engineers that allows you to use your iPad as a second screen for your Mac. In this article, we’ll explain how it works and the steps you need to follow to get things up and running.

Duet Display is a great way to extend your Mac’s desktop and can come in especially handy when you’re working away from home and want to broaden your productivity space, but don’t have the luxury of a dedicated external monitor.

In earlier versions of macOS, the app was hampered by changes to Apple’s operating system that caused its developers no end of problems, but the latest Duet update (v2.0.3.8+) released on December 5 appears to have resolved those issues thanks to the introduction of full hardware acceleration support.

Duet Display is actually one of two apps best known for letting users leverage their iPad as a second screen for their Mac. The other is
Luna Display ($79.99), but that app uses another implementation that requires two small dongles to ensure a consistent low-latency connection.

Duet Display on the other hand is a pure software solution and a lot more affordable at $9.99, which is why we’ve chosen to cover it here.

How to Use Your iPad as a Second Screen for Your Mac

  1. Launch the App Store on your iPhone or iPad and download Duet Display ($9.99).

  2. Open a browser on your Mac, navigate to and click the Download Mac button at the top of the webpage to download the free Mac client.
  3. Once the Duet client app is downloaded to your Mac, drag it from the Downloads folder to the Applications folder.

  4. Double-click the Duet Mac client to launch it.
  5. Connect your iPhone or iPad to a free USB-A port on your Mac using a Lightning cable. (If you’re using a Mac that has the newer USB-C ports, you’ll need to use a Lightning to USB-C cable, which Apple sells in 1-meter and 2-meter lengths.)

  6. Launch the Duet app on your iPhone or iPad and wait a moment while it communicates with the Duet Mac client. You should see your Mac’s desktop mirrored or extended on your iPad screen once a successful connection is made.

Once you’ve got things working, it’s worth checking out Duet’s display options: click the Duet applet in your Mac’s menu bar and if you have an iPad connected you’ll see a button to enable a touch-sensitive MacBook Pro-style Touch Bar along the bottom of your iPad’s screen.

If you click Advanced Settings, you can choose from a number of Display options to scale the output to your iOS device. The pre-defined resolutions allow you to see either larger text or more desktop space, and Duet helpfully recommends which scale to pick based on device model.

Check the box next to Mirror Display if you want to duplicate your Mac’s desktop on your iPad rather than extend it. There are also options to enable Retina display mode, increase the framerate from 30 to 60fps, and switch the image quality from Regular to High, all of which require more device energy.

If you click the cog wheel in the Duet menu bar applet, you’ll also find some additional settings worth attending to. If your Mac has a dedicated graphics card then you can set Duet to use it exclusively for faster performance, alternatively you can limit it to the integrated graphics for energy efficiency.

There are also menus to enable or reduce transparency on your iOS device display, an option to start Duet at login, and a link to change the Display Arrangement of your screens in System Preferences.

iPad showing as external display in System Preferences

If you get on with Duet Display, there are Air ($19.99 annually) and Pro ($24.99) versions that offer additional features like wireless connectivity and Apple Pencil support, respectively. For more information and support, check out the
Duet Display website.

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[Update: Nope] OnePlus will launch the first smartphone with Snapdragon 855 in 2019 – 9to5Google

[Update: Nope] OnePlus will launch the first smartphone with Snapdragon 855 in 2019 – 9to5Google

This week Qualcomm is taking over Maui with an event to talk about its brand new Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor. On stage at the event, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau confirmed that in 2019, OnePlus will launch the first smartphone with a Snapdragon 855 on board.

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Update 12/6: Speaking to Engadget, OnePlus has confirmed that its initial claim was “a miscommunication.” Apparently, the slides used in the presentation saw a translation error that changed the original claim of “among the first” to definitively saying it would be the first.

Clearly, a pretty huge mistake. Qualcomm commented to state “it’s on not us to claim which partner is going to be first to do anything.” Even tweets from OnePlus’ own Twitter account spread the misinformation, so clearly the miscommunication ran deep. Either way, at this point we can expect someone else to beat OnePlus to the punch.

Details are scarce on this new device, it will be launching as the first device running the 855. Given that Samsung’s yearly Galaxy S release uses the latest chipset from Qualcomm and launches sometime in early spring, that hints that this device will be launching in the next couple of months.

There have been plenty of reports of a 5G-capable OnePlus device launching early in 2019, most recently pointing to a launch sometime around MWC. This first device with the Snapdragon 855 won’t necessarily be this 5G-device, but it seems partially implied that it will. If so, it’ll also be including one of Qualcomm’s new 5G modems. OnePlus also mentioned that its 5G device will support 5G connectivity firstly on EE’s network in Europe.

Further details on the Snapdragon 855 are being released at the moment which may reveal more details about what to expect from this upcoming OnePlus device.

It’s still largely unclear what this device will be called, but OnePlus has previously stated that its 5G device won’t be called the OnePlus 7. Rather, this device will be some third option in the company’s lineup. Personally, I’m just hoping it’s not called the OnePlus 6T 5G.

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Samsung and Qualcomm phone prototypes tease our 5G future – CNET

Samsung and Qualcomm phone prototypes tease our 5G future – CNET

Qualcomm’s prototype design shows what it’s like to run a phone on a 5G network.

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You’d never know by looking at the brick-like phone that it’s one of the fastest devices on the planet. The generic-looking handset is a prototype design that Qualcomm made to showcase 5G, but it — and another prototype made by Samsung — prove that the age of 5G phones and networks is coming fast.

Qualcomm, alongside partners Samsung, Verizon and AT&T, came to the Snapdragon Technology Summit this week in Maui, Hawaii, where they all talked up their plans for 5G in 2019. But Samsung and the networks did more than just talk. Verizon and AT&T set up mini 5G networks to power some demos, and Samsung showed off an early, but working, prototype of a 5G phone in a dock to run a demo at its own booth. The 350 journalists in attendance weren’t given an opportunity to try out the devices, but we did get a chance to see them.

5G “will lay the foundation for smartphones, later cars and virtually every electronic device that will be connected,” Qualcomm president Cristiano Amon said during a keynote. “That first step [smartphones] is getting to us in the first half of 2019.”

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The next generation of cellular technology, 5G is expected to significantly boost the speed, coverage and responsiveness of wireless networks. It can run between 10 and 100 times faster than your typical cellular connection today, and even quicker than anything you can get with a physical fiber-optic cable going into your house. It will also connect a device to the network faster, with speeds as quick as a millisecond to start your download or upload.

The overall speed gains mean that phones will be better equipped to handle complex computing tasks in a fraction of the time they currently take. This could make possible advanced photography skills, artificial intelligence actions and augmented reality apps, all of which would take far too long to process on today’s phones. 5G technology will also allow driverless cars and buses to talk to each other and with things like smart streetlights.


Samsung’s 5G prototype design never left its dock.

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While 5G technology will put more-capable devices in your hands, it also presents an opportunity for device makers and carriers to profit. 5G requires specialized hardware, so it won’t just work in any city, or with your current phone. The service providers with the largest 5G networks, and handset makers with the most feature-packed 5G phones, hope to snatch customers as rival carriers and brands struggle to catch up. 5G service plans and 5G-ready phones could also sell for a premium alongside “regular” LTE plans and devices.


Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon on Tuesday talked up opportunities for 5G wireless technology.

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On Monday, Samsung and Verizon announced their first 5G “phone,” a proof-of-concept device revealed ahead of the summit. Samsung plans to launch a 5G phone for both Verizon and AT&T networks in early 2019. And earlier this year, Motorola and Verizon teamed up on a 5G-ready module that snaps on to a $400 device, the Moto Z3. Neither will work until Verizon officially lights up its first US 5G networks, but when it does, these phones will be waiting.

Although 5G technology will replace today’s 4G LTE networks, the transition will be gradual. Carriers will roll out their first 5G networks city by city, while also making existing 4G LTE networks faster. Expect larger cities to get 5G first, and rural markets to see the least support early on.


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The rocky road to 5G in mid- to late 2019

Transitioning to a 5G network will come with its own set of challenges. First, the operators need to prepare their networks to handle 5G. This fifth-generation data pipeline uses a different part of the wireless spectrum than 4G. It relies on high-frequency millimeter wave (mmWave) to deliver high speeds at short range and sub-6 GHz spectrum to deliver data more broadly, and into buildings.

As with 4G and 3G before it, carriers buy the rights to use spectrum at auctions put on by the FCC. That might mean that some carriers will have more spectrum than others, and that can affect the overall network speed in different parts of the country.

Second, device makers need to make sure their phones work seamlessly with 5G. Phones have to use a specialized modem and dedicated processor that support 5G. Brands such as Samsung, Apple and LG already test every single device on every major carrier they sell through. 5G certification is yet another lengthy, and expensive, process.

But Amon and wireless partners like Verizon on Tuesday said they’re confident about launching phones in early 2019. 


Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon talks about global rollout plans for 5G, which should be faster than 3G or 4G. 

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“We’re full speed ahead on 5G mobile service,” Nicki Palmer, chief network engineering officer and head of wireless networks at Verizon, said Tuesday at the Qualcomm event. Verizon plans to set up 5G incubators in Los Angeles, the Bay Area and Washington, DC, to target specific uses for the fast networks, she said.

And Amon noted that it isn’t just US carriers or certain wireless companies in other countries that will launch 5G next year. Instead, all major markets across the globe are aiming to introduce 5G as quickly as they can. 

“5G is so important that the entire industry is moving at the same pace for 2019 launches,” Amon said. “The fact that we have a mature mobile environment [means]… the development system is going to move faster than ever before.”

Originally published Dec. 4 at 12:14 p.m. PT.
Updated Dec. 5 at 3:00 a.m. PT: Added more details.

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Verizon will deliver RCS chat to the Pixel 3 on December 6th – Engadget

Verizon will deliver RCS chat to the Pixel 3 on December 6th – Engadget

As the document states, RCS will let you send larger messages up to 8,000 characters long (160 is the current limit). You’ll also getting typing indicators, read receipts, chat groups with up to 100 participants, high-quality photo and video sharing, WiFi chat without a cellular connection and larger file transfers.

If someone sends you a message using Chat and you don’t have the service yourself, you’ll just receive it as a normal SMS/MMS. Other upcoming features include “local sharing, mobile payments, sending audio recording, sending stickers and much more,” Verizon said.

Chat requires carrier support, and the service is already available in a limited way on Sprint and T-Mobile. Google has said that it will arrive to over 55 operators around the world, but hasn’t yet specified when. Verizon promised that it would arrive in 2019, so it appears to be coming early, provided you have Google’s very latest smartphones.

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Apple patent describes intelligent, interchangeable, universal AirPods – PocketNow

Apple patent describes intelligent, interchangeable, universal AirPods – PocketNow

After initially expected to arrive this year, we’ll now likely see the second generation of Apple’s AirPods sometime early next year. However, a recently uncovered Apple patent filing reveals a pair of future earbuds that are exciting in many aspects. The patent was filed in 2017 but was awarded to Apple this week. It describes a pair of interchangeable, universal AirPods equipped with fitness and health tracking hardware.

The interchangeability comes from the fact that these AirPods would be symmetrical. They can be inserted (and fit) both ears. Depending on the sensor readings, the earbuds would intelligently figure out whether they are used on the left of on the right.

This application relates to earbuds configured with one or more biometric sensors. At least one of the biometric sensors is configured to be pressed up against a portion of the tragus for making biometric measurements. In some embodiments, the housing of the earbud can be symmetric so that the earbud can be worn interchangeably in either a left or a right ear of a user. In such an embodiment, the earbud can include a sensor and circuitry configured to determine and alter operation of the earbud in accordance to which ear the earbud is determined to be sitting in.

Biometric sensors would not only be able to read heart-rate data for fitness tracking. They could also supply other information, like body temperature, or even blood pressure. These AirPods are not to be confused with the upcoming second generation AirPods. Those arriving next year, with wireless charging, would improve the current design.

The AirPods described in this patent, if they ever reach development phase, let alone commercial availability, are further down the road. However, it’s good to see Apple continuously working on innovating and improving its products.

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