Of all the apps on my iPad 2, the one I was probably most looking forward to trying on the new iPad was Air Display. This iOS utility from Avatron allows you to use the iPad (or iPhone, iPod touch if you’ve got a magnifying glass handy) as a second display for your Windows PC or Mac. On the iPad 2, that was all well and good – I’d use it for a PDF viewer or for iTunes to cut down on my primary monitor’s clutter – but with the iPad 3’s 2048×1536 resolution… the app’s utility seemed like it would, well, quadruple.
But last Friday, iPad launch day, there was no Air Display update. There wasn’t one Monday or Tuesday. Yesterday I found out why.
According to a post on the company’s blog, they got to work immediately on a Retina-friendly version of Air Display when the iPad 3 was announced, but after testing the update on an actual 3rd Gen iPad last week, the results were disappointing. They continued their work and now an update is currently under Apple review and should be available in the coming days.
You can still use the current version of Air Display on the new iPad, you’ll just get a lower resolution that’s not particularly pretty. Still, if using your iPad as a second display sounds good to you, give it a try (you can read my initial review of Air Display here, which I will update once the new version goes live). Avatron promises improved performance on older iPads with the upcoming update, too.
M. Nichols, Products Editor