While you probably use your iPad every day for web browsing and media consumption, are you really using it to its full potential? Five years after the first iPad went on sale on April 3, 2010, we have five suggestions for ways to get the most out of your Apple tablet.
1. Use your iPad as a second monitor.
Having a second monitor setup extends your screen real estate and can make you more productive. There are a number of apps out there that let you use your iPad as a second screen fairly simply and reasonably affordably.
Avatron’s AirDisplay solution will wirelessly connect your iPad to your Mac or Windows PC. The Splashtop Extended Wireless Display 2 will convert your iPad into a Wi-Fi-connected second monitor. If you’re looking for a wired solution, Duet Display, from a team of ex-Apple engineers, can help.
2. Get more out of gaming.
Sure, you probably play games on your iPad, but do you ever use it as the actual game board? There are various games and activities that let you set up your iPad and iPhones for some truly digital gameplay.
The Card Table app lets you play card games. Scrabble for the iPad boasts a free app that turns your iPhone into a personal tile rack so you can flick your tiles onto the board. Joypad offers an entire suite of iPad games that use your iPhone as the controller.
3. Use your iPad as a giant wireless remote for your computer.
The right app will let you control your Mac or PC remotely via your iPad. This means you can sit on the sofa and manage your Mac from a distance – finally! You can also enjoy multi-touch control without wasting money on an Apple Magic Trackpad.
4. Use your iPad as a remote video camera.
Whether it’s for security or to keep an eye on your furry friends while you’re away from home, you can turn your iPad into a remote, streaming camera in a matter of seconds.
There are a variety of app solutions available, including AtHome Video Streamer, Manything home security webcam and Surveillance Camera for Mobiscope, some of which also include motion alerts and the ability to record.
You won’t know what peace of mind this kind of setup can give you until you try it.
5. Use your iPad as a cat entertainment center.
Have you considered the potential your iPad has as a cat distraction device? Just be sure to invest in a robust screen protector before you let Tiddles loose on your tablet.