'Astropad Graphics Tablet' App for iPad Expands to iPhone With New 'Astropad Mini' App

by

Earlier this year, a team of ex-Apple engineers released Astropad, an app designed to turn the iPad into a graphics tablet for the Mac. Following rave reviews, the team behind Astropad decided to expand to the iPhone, and is today debuting a new Astropad Mini app.

Like the iPad version of the app, Astropad Mini transforms the iPhone into a miniaturized professional graphics tablet that can be used with the Mac after installing the accompanying Astropad Mac app. With the Astropad Mac app installed, the Mac's display is mirrored to the iPhone, allowing the iPhone's touch controls to be used for editing photos and creating art.



Mirroring the Mac's display to the iPhone produces little to no lag with speeds up to 60 FPS, and edits made within apps like Photoshop or Pixelmator are displayed in realtime on the Mac's display, for a seamless editing experience. Astropad Mini works with a finger or with a range of different Bluetooth-enabled styluses, supporting pressure sensitivity with certain models like the Adonit Jot Touch.

astropadiphoneediting
Since it's just mirroring the Mac's display, it also works with any Mac app, from photo editing apps to graphics apps. In our testing with Photoshop CC, Astropad Mini worked lag free over WiFi, but there's also the option to plug it in via USB for an even faster connection.

Pinch and zoom gestures are supported for navigation, and there's also a set of customizable keyboard shortcuts. An optional Apple Watch app included with Astropad Mini also includes quick-access customizable shortcuts that can be selected with just a tap.

astropadapplewatchediting
Astropad Mini works with all iPhones that have iOS 8 installed and all Macs running OS X Mavericks 10.9 or later.

Astropad Mini is available from the App Store for an introductory price of $4.99, a 50-percent discount from the eventual regular price of $9.99. [Direct Link]

The original Astropad Graphics Tablet app for the iPad is temporarily available for $19.99, down from its usual price of $29.99. [Direct Link]

Top Rated Comments

Even Longer Avatar
71 months ago
Astropad is insanely great tool and blazingly fast with almost no lag.
Ironically, we still end up using Procreate, when on iOS, instead of linking devices to Desktop software. And on those desktops... Well, there are Intuoses and Cintiqs.

I think, we have rather conservative usage pattern... ;)
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Keane16 Avatar
71 months ago

There's nothing "professional" about this. No pressure sensitivity? No professional function.

Actual professionals disagree with you...

"Many claim their product is revolutionary. With Astropad, the word, 'revolutionary' is truly fitting; this is a standout idea and an exciting new option for digital artists everywhere.

Kyle T. Webster
Illustrator & Designer"

"Astropad lets me create a high quality product using the tools I already have. As an independent creator, time is very important and Astropad has reduced each issue’s creation time.

Kool As Heck
Comic Book Writer & Artist"

There's more to this app than best in class image manipulation - the ability to do things on the go where you wouldn't normally have your laptop with you and companion short cuts. All depends on your workflow as to whether you find any use for it. No need to shoot it down.


If I read this correctly upon purchase & download:
you need a compatible pressure sensitive stylus for this to work.

Maybe for best case usage. But it also works fine with a finger:

"Astropad Mini works with a finger or with a range of different Bluetooth-enabled styluses, supporting pressure sensitivity with certain models like the Adonit Jot Touch."
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Jessica Lares Avatar
71 months ago
I did try Astropad when it debuted with a higher price tag. It did work really nice compared to all the other apps. I remember using it over wifi with my MacBook on in one room and me just doodling in the living room with my Jot.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Zedsdead185 Avatar
71 months ago

Actual professionals disagree with you...

"Many claim their product is revolutionary. With Astropad, the word, 'revolutionary' is truly fitting; this is a standout idea and an exciting new option for digital artists everywhere.

Kyle T. Webster
Illustrator & Designer"

"Astropad lets me create a high quality product using the tools I already have. As an independent creator, time is very important and Astropad has reduced each issue’s creation time.

Kool As Heck
Comic Book Writer & Artist"

There's more to this app than best in class image manipulation - the ability to do things on the go where you wouldn't normally have your laptop with you and companion short cuts. All depends on your workflow as to whether you find any use for it. No need to shoot it down.




Maybe for best case usage. But it also works fine with a finger:

"Astropad Mini works with a finger or with a range of different Bluetooth-enabled styluses, supporting pressure sensitivity with certain models like the Adonit Jot Touch."

As an 'actual professional' myself, I'm willing to bet that if the user can afford a macbook, an iphone/ipad, apple watch, an adonit jot touch, an adobe creative cloud subscription, possibly a high end DSLR (like in the sample video) and to buy this app and software, then they can afford something a lot better quality than this. This just seems gimmicky. Don't get me wrong, it's cool, and if apple deliver with this rumoured iPad pro with force touch stylus then i will completely change my opinion. But it's not a professional setup. For the combined price of this app and the adonit, you could get a small wacom intuos, which is super portable, and will do the job a lot more efficiently (obviously sans screen. But if you are a professional, you shouldn't need one in my opinion).

I must point out though that this is before I've tried the app. I'm basing my opinion on the disappointing experience I've had with my adonit and iPad Air.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dysamoria Avatar
71 months ago
There's nothing "professional" about this. No pressure sensitivity? No professional function. Even the third-party iOS stylus products with pressure hacks are utterly unprofessional (because the OS isn't designed for pressure or precision pointing devices). Use a Wacom tablet or a Cintique to find out what professional graphics tablets are like. Maybe Apple will make things better (in the OS) for stylus use if they release their own.

I'd certainly love a retina-resolution, Mac-integrated, "iPad pro as Cintique-alternative" style product that isn't tied to a computer (and that isn't an android/Windows tablet)... Not expecting it, nor the ability to pay for it if it comes...
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Top Stories

iphone 5s black slate

Images of Unreleased iPhone 5s in Black and Slate Shared Online

Sunday January 17, 2021 9:47 am PST by
Twitter user @DongleBookPro has today shared images of a prototype iPhone 5s in an unreleased Black and Slate color. The iPhone 5s was launched in September 2013. The device featured Touch ID, a 64-bit processor, and a True Tone LED flash for the first time. Other new features included a five-element lens with an f/2.2 aperture, a 15 percent larger camera sensor, Burst Mode, and Slo-Mo...
iP12 charge airpods feature 2

Hidden iPhone 12 Hardware Feature Could Still be Unlocked

Thursday January 14, 2021 2:51 am PST by
All iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro models purportedly have a hidden reverse wireless charging feature, according to an FCC filing. The feature has not yet been activated, but could yet be unlocked for an upcoming Apple accessory. The FCC filing suggests that iPhone 12 models contain the hardware for Wireless Power Transfer (WPT) to accessories: In addition to being able to be charged by a...
google maps detailed street level e1611052089473

Google Maps Gains Enhanced Street-Level Detail in Four Major Cities

Tuesday January 19, 2021 2:34 am PST by
Google Maps has quietly been updated to include significantly more detailed street-level information in a handful of key cities around the world. Upon zooming in, Google's maps for Central London, Tokyo, San Francisco, and New York now benefit from shapes and widths that match the scale of roads more accurately. Meanwhile, enhanced graphical representations of sidewalks, crosswalks,...
macbook pro flexgate

Apple Extends 13-Inch MacBook Pro Backlight Repair Program

Sunday January 17, 2021 10:31 am PST by
Apple this week extended its worldwide 13-inch MacBook Pro Display Backlight Service Program, authorizing coverage for eligible notebooks for up to five years after the original purchase date or up to three years after the start date of the program, whichever is longer. The previous cutoff was four years after the original purchase date. Apple launched the program on May 21, 2019 after...
lg wing

LG Considering Exit From Smartphone Business, Halts LCD Production for iPhone

Wednesday January 20, 2021 5:38 am PST by
LG is considering exiting the smartphone business entirely amid declining shipments and accrued losses of $4.5 billion over the past five years (via The Korea Herald). LG CEO Kwon Bong-Seok cautioned staff earlier today that the company is re-evaluating its presence in the smartphone industry: Since the competition in the global market for mobile devices is getting fiercer, it is about...
airpods max sim ejector

AirPods Max Headband Removable With Just a SIM Ejector Tool, Hinting at Interchangeable Headbands

Tuesday January 19, 2021 8:25 am PST by
It is possible to remove the headband of AirPods Max with just a standard SIM card ejector tool, hinting at the possibility of interchanging headbands to achieve a different colorway. Image via Prelook In December, MacRumors revealed the large variety of AirPods Max ear cushion color combinations when it became clear that they were magnetically attatched and available for sale separately....
macbook pro screensaver table

Some M1 Macs Affected By Fast User Switching Screensaver Bug

Monday January 18, 2021 1:57 am PST by
A growing number of user reports online suggest some of Apple's M1 Mac models are susceptible to a Fast User Switching bug that spontaneously activates the screensaver and leaves the user unable to dismiss it. In macOS Big Sur, Fast User Switching allows users to quickly switch between user accounts without having to completely log out. Based on posts in the MacRumors forums, Apple...
Top Stories 43 Feature

Top Stories: MacBook Pro, iMac, Mac Pro, and iPhone Rumors, Best of CES 2021

Saturday January 16, 2021 6:00 am PST by
This week was sure a busy one in the Apple world, with a flurry of announcements out of CES early in the week followed by a rash of Mac- and iPhone-related rumors later in the week. The new rumors this week included details on updated MacBook Pro, iMac, and Mac Pro models, as well as a few other tidbits, so make sure to read on below to get caught up! Kuo: New MacBook Pro Models to...
shot on iphone 12 apple

Apple Highlights Photos Shot by iPhone 12 Users: Portraits, Cityscapes, and More

Tuesday January 19, 2021 6:05 am PST by
Apple today shared a gallery of photos shot by customers using the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max, with scenes including cityscapes, landscapes, portraits of people, and more at day and night. Shot on iPhone 12 Pro Max by "NKCHU" in China (top) and shot on iPhone 12 Pro Max by Rohit Vohra in India (bottom) iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 models have a dual camera ...
Apple and Hyundai feature

Apple Car Production Again Linked to Kia Motor's US Plant in Georgia

Tuesday January 19, 2021 4:19 am PST by
Hyundai intends to transition the company's Apple Car involvement to its Kia brand as part of an internal arrangement that could see production move to the U.S., according to a new report today. On Sunday, Korea IT News reported that Apple and Hyundai are seeking a partnership agreement for the upcoming Apple Car by March, and that the electric vehicles could be made at a Georgia factory...