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Astropad's new Slate app lets you control your Mac with your iPad and Apple Pencil

Julie Clover

After months of beta testing, Astropad today officially launches the Astropad Slate app for iPad. Slate turns ‌iPad‌ into a large Mac trackpad with Apple Pencil controls.


With Slate, you can use ‌iPad‌ and ‌Apple Pencil‌ complete several useful tasks. ‌Apple Pencil‌ serves as a cursor to control the mouse on the desktop, and tapping the screen acts as a click.

When you write on the ‌iPad‌, it translates to typed text on the Mac, and there are two-finger gestures for actions like scrolling and scaling. If you have a newer ‌iPad‌ which supports ‌Apple Pencil‌ on hover you can use hover gestures. For older iPads, Astropad has added a simulated pointing feature.

In Mac apps that support drawing, sketching, and other creative work, you can use the ‌iPad‌ command. like a drawing tablet. It essentially serves as a screenless, Mac-centric drawing interface.


You will need ‌iPad‌ that runs iPadOS 15 or later, and a Mac running macOS 11 or later to use Astropad Slate. Devices can be connected via Wi-Fi, peer-to-peer, or an appropriate USB cable.

The Astropad Slate app costs $19.99 and can be purchased from the App Store. [Direct link]

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