Astropad’s Luna Display is a convenient way to turn an iPad or other Mac into a wireless external monitor for Apple computers. Now, the company has updated its wireless dongles to include support for Windows PCs, a big step forward for the company after Apple’s Sidecar integrated its functionality into iPadOS and MacOS.
Windows support is included in Luna Display 5.0 and requires “Windows 10 64-bit, version 1809 or later,” and at least iPadOS 12.1, according to Astropad. This means that modern Windows devices and iPads can work together in a variety of configurations, including using the Apple Pencil with an iPad as a very expensive drawing tablet for your Windows machine.
The company offers Luna Display for Windows in two types of connectors for connection to your Windows devices, USB-C and HDMI. Owners of the older Luna USB-C display can also update to add Windows support starting today. For what it’s worth, Astropad says the restructuring it did for its version 5.0 also means setting up Luna Display on Mac M1s should be faster.
Astropad first launched Luna Display in 2017, about two years before Apple “sherlocked” it with the Sidecar feature added to macOS Catalina. Soon after, the company updated Luna Display to work wirelessly between Macs in response to Apple’s decision. “Apple zigs, we zags”, Astropad CEO Matt Ronge tweeted at the time.
Astropad has been quite open about its copying experience, including suggesting it was a blessing in disguise when it announced it was testing Windows support in beta (other companies preferred initiate legal proceedings). The Kickstarter for its new Luna Display dongles for Windows launched on September 30, 2020 and was successfully funded an hour later. People clearly want this feature for Windows, and now Astropad finally has it.
Luna Display costs $ 129 for Mac or PC, with port options for USB-C, HDMI, and Mini DisplayPort.