Astropad Mini Updated to Support 3D Touch, Now Has Pressure Sensitivity and Is Free

Astropad Mini Updated to Support 3D Touch, Now Has Pressure Sensitivity and Is Free

Astropad Mini, the app that allows iPhone and iPad users to turn their device into a graphics tablet for the Mac, received a major update on Tuesday. The app now includes support for Apple's 3D Touch, meaning it can now recognize 256 levels of pressure, bringing it even closer to turning your iPhone into a fully functioning graphic tablet.

Astropad is popular for its ability to transform an iPhone or iPad into a functioning graphics tablet through mirroring a Mac's display on the device's screen. 

Using its own proprietary mirroring software, the apps updates at 60 fps, color corrects to match the original image, takes advantage of GPU acceleration, and uses ARM assembly code to optimize battery life (because streaming a display to a constantly on iPhone or iPad isn't exactly the best way to keep the battery running for a long time). It can also be used over USB, if you prefer. Standard gestures like pinch-to-zoom are enabled as well. 

What makes this update interesting, however, is that iPhone 6s and 6s Plus owners can now take advantage of pressure sensitivity, enabling more editing capability than ever before. The iPhone app is also free now, with the iPad version remaining at $39.99. Keep in mind that only the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus support 3D Touch. Our own Kyle Ford was a fan of both the iPad version and the iPhone version.

All of this adds up to a great option for photographers who want to edit on the go. For more information, check out their website.

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9 Comments

Well, i do have an iPad Mini and i felt interessted for the app. But for 39€, that's almost 60% of the Wacom Intuos graphic tablet. Is it any better than the Wacom Intuos Pen & Touch?

Kailash Gyawali's picture

not even close

My thoughts...i have one of those Wacom Intuos, it works great for most of what i do.

TImothy Tichy's picture

From an ergonomic standpoint, that just looks awkward. Are people actually using that for serious editing?

This guy in photo probably using professionally. He have a lot of memory cards :) he must be good.. :)

Justin Myers's picture

Neat. But this article feels like one big ad for Astropad.

Abdur Rabbi Rabbani's picture

think about the upcoming ipad pro and what you can do with astropad. :D

the price of Astropad+iPad Pro+Apple Pencil vs. the price of Wacom Intuous Cintiq 13HD, I'd rather have the Cintiq which is specifically built for retouching purposes.

Kailash Gyawali's picture

and I recently bought the app :( and now its free???