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.

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