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How to turn your iPad into an iMac


Make your iPad into an iMac with Elago's beautiful magnetic stand
Your iPad can also be a stylish iMac mini with this stand.
Photo: Elago

If you love your iPad, there’s no reason to buy a second computer. Add a few accessories and the tablet transforms into an iMac mini — a small desktop computer easily up to personal use.

I use an iPad as my primary computer, so I have some recommendations for items to take your tablet to the next level.

Last chance: This 2TB portable SSD holds all your data for less than $35


This external hard drive works great.
This no-frills external hard drive is on sale.
Photo: Cult of Mac Deals

Cloud storage is great, but like any technology, it has a time and place. When you want guaranteed storage that doesn’t require an internet connection to access, what you really need is a good external drive.

This 2TB portable SSD keeps your data close and your devices unclogged. And for a limited time, it costs just $34.99.

BTW, that price is so unbelievably low that this SSD quickly sold out the last two times we offered it. But it’s back in stock now … while supplies (and this deal) last!

You won’t find a better time to buy Apple Pencil 2


Get Apple Pencil 2 at well below the usual price. If you hurry.
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Digital artists, or those who would like to be, can pick up an Apple Pencil 2 for a whopping $40 off the usual price. That’s a 31% discount.

I use this stylus with my iPad all the time, and there’s no better tool for painting on your tablet. It’s also great for taking notes and sketching out ideas.

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Future-proof your iPhone gaming with this Lightning and USB-C controller [Review] ★★★★


RiotPWR RP1950 Cloud Gaming Controller review★★★★
The RiotPWR RP1950 game controller is ready to play top-tier games on an iPhone or iPad.
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The RiotPWR RP1950 Cloud Gaming Controller solves a problem for iPhone gamers: the controller plugs into the Lightning port in today’s models, but also into the USB-C port that will be in the iPhone 15. In the mean time, the controller can also be used with the many iPad models that use USB-C.

I field-tested RiotPWR’s latest controller and its removable iPhone mount. I understand why Apple likes it enough to put in the online Apple Store.

Who needs HDMI? This gadget connects Mac or iPad to TV wirelessly [Review] ★★★★☆


Who needs HDMI? This gadget connects Mac or iPad to TV wirelessly★★★★☆
Don't use a cable when the plug-and-play EZCast Pocket is so much more convenient.
Photo: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

EZCast Pocket lets a range of computers connect wirelessly to an external display. No additional software is needed — it’s very nearly as easy to use as a cable, but without the cable clutter.

I tested the affordable and very portable wireless video adapter in my home and on a business trip. Here are its strengths and occasional weaknesses.

Enter to win a sturdy, folding iPad stand that rotates 360 degrees [Cult of Mac giveaway]


Small, convenient and portable.
This iPad stand is small, convenient and quite portable. And we're giving away five of them!
Photo: Lululook

This week’s giveaway will let five lucky winners get their hands on a convenient 360 Rotating Universal Tablet Stand from Lululook. Available in two sleek colors, space gray and silver, this rock-solid iPad stand will definitely complement your device.

Enter below for your shot at winning this sturdy stand, which retails for $39.99.

Rugged Samsung SSD expands to 4TB of storage


Rugged Samsung SSD expands to 4TB of storage
Take 4TB of additional storage wherever you go with this tough SSD.
Photo: Samsung/Cult of Mac

The Samsung T7 Shield rugged SSD launched in 2022 with a maximum of 2TB of capacity and is now available with twice that.

T7 Shield is a a credit-card size external SSD intended for outdoor content creators or travelers. It works with Mac and iPad plus a wide variety of devices.

Adonit Star brilliantly merges iPad stylus with fountain pen [Review] ★★★★


Adonit Star iPhone stylus review★★★★
That's not a fountain pen.
Photo: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

Adonit Star is the stylus for iPad users who love antiques; it’s designed to look like a fountain pen, not the usual plastic pencil. Despite the traditional design, it’s a fully functional stylus that’s ready for handwritten notes or sketching out ideas.

I used it with my iPad Pro, and it works as good as it looks. Even better, it is surprisingly affordable.

Enter to win spectacular iPad Pro accessory bundle from Pitaka [Cult of Mac giveaway]


All you need to keep your devices juiced up all day
All you need to keep your devices juiced up all day
Photo: Pitaka

The Cult of Mac giveaway this week is a corker. We teamed up with Pitaka for one lucky winner to get the chance to win an iPad Pro accessory bundle worth $190.

This giveaway includes a Pitaka MagEZ iPad Pro case along with a MagEZ wireless charging stand. If you’re an iPad Pro owner, don’t miss your shot at winning this bundle, whether you’re on the go with your iPad in tow, or working from the comfort of your own home.