Is the Apple Pencil a Mouse Replacement for Remotely Accessing Windows from the iPad Pro? Where’s the Right Click?

Update as January 14, 2016: While the iPad Pro did really well for me as a Tablet, the lack of Right Click Mouse key made it extremely difficult to use as a Laptop replacement, so I am back with a Mac Book Pro  and a hotspot. So much for being an iSheep.

Ok, so the Apple iPad Pro is said to be a possible Laptop replacement, which begs the following question.

  1. If it is a Laptop replacement, where then is the mouse? Is that the Apple Pencil?
  2. How does it work with Remote Access Apps and Remote Desktop Apps.

I will start by saying that if you want to try to use an Apple Pencil to remote into a Windows Machine you will need two Apps to accomplish this.

Jump Desktop on iTunes

Parallels Access

There are lots of free options like Chrome Remote Desktop or Teamviewer, but these do not support the Apple Pencil Right Click Functionality.

The catch with Jump Desktop and Parallels access is that the Right Click Function requires a long press of the Apple Pencil. However, i was able to get used to the Apple Pencil and long press Right Click after a few days.

So all in all the iPad Pro with Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil is still a Tablet, but it is a really amazing tablet with the Pencil and Smart Keyboard attached. Add to that the convenience of cellular data and it’s ease of portability it is a nice setup. Just keep your MacBook Pro around for the Heavy Lifting.

Review of Norton Family & Norton Security 2016

Norton Security 2016 on Amazon.com

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With the demise or change of focus of the leading Family Internet Content Filters like Bsecure & Safe Eyes & Most recently Microsoft Family Safety’s new policies, it is nice to still be able to purchase a package that includes both Content Filtering, Virus Protection and Firewall.

I am very impressed with Norton Premier Online Family Safety. This package offers support for up to 10 devices.

And it works on Mac Android and iPhone too…but in a more limited way, which is OK because I use iPhone’s built in security. But you can at least monitor text messages, App Usage and Social Media via weekly reports emailed to you. 10 Devices are covered as well.

Update 08/03/2016:
After having tried Bitdefender with Parental Advisor and feeling like it lacked polish, I came back to this product again. I am happy that they have updated the Norton Family Safety Website. It is very modern looking and with lots of options to monitor your children’s browsing. I really think this may be the best Cloud Based Parental Control Software with the exception perhaps of Covenant Eyes.
Also you know Symantec will be on top of any threats coming your way as they always seem o do well in the A/V tests.
Plus the price is extremely reasonable for 10 devices. Still no Mac Content filtering, however.