I’m making a MacBook-iPad Hybrid
Hello! After 11 years of lurking, I am finally ready to be subjected to banishment by reddit moderators. In doing so, here’s my discussion topic:
I’m making a MacBook iPad Pro hybrid; please offer some advice.
I’ve been using the latest iPad with great general satisfaction but particular frustration due to the limitations of some Apps that I need to use for work (medical school + research) which demand a more traditional computing environment.
I’ve just purchased a 2016 MacBook m3 for the incredibly low price of AUD$250 due to the screen being broken and allegedly costing a veritable fortune to fix.
So, I’m endeavouring to join the two together by employing my background in hobby microelectronics.
The idea is to physically remove the LCD, backlight and adhesive from the screen of the MacBook – as it is broken – and to fill the cavity with magnets which allow for the adhesion of the iPad Pro in place of the old MacBook screen.
On the iPad, Catalina and iPad OS’ sidecar functionality will be employed to mirror the formerly existent retina display.
Ideally, the iPad will be able to be easily undocked from the body of the MacBook and thus be analogous to the ‘clipboard’ of the Surface book.
Before I start, I have some questions as I am unfamiliar with the MacBook firmware.
– Is there a way to use Sidecar through direct USB C connection between the MacBook and iPad?
– if so, is there a way to automatically begin sidecar mirroring to the iPad upon connection to the MacBooks USB c?
– if not, is there a way that I can set up a keyboard shortcut so that I could automatically connect to the iPad via sidecar without using a graphical interface (as I would have removed the lcd permanently)
– will the MacBook even function without a connection to the LCD and backlight?
– Is there a way to access the file system of the iPad from the MacBook via USB c connection? If so, should this be used as the main file system while keeping application data on the MacBook?
TLDR: I’m making an iPad MacBook hybrid from a MacBook with defunct lcd, Catalina’s Sidecar and the 11-inch iPad Pro. It’s a little barbaric and will probably take a few hours but it could work. What do you think?