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Fly the DJI Mavic Air 2 with an iPad.

I have covered this in my initial review of the DJI Mavic Air 2 but I thought I would go a little more into detail about flying the Mavic Air 2 with an iPad. A few days after they announced the Mavic Air 2 DJI released an update for the Fly App to make it compatible with this new drone and they also added iPad support in this same update. Up until this point if you installed the Fly App on an iPad it would only run in iPhone compatibility mode. That is no longer the case, the DJI Fly App now runs beautifully on full-size iPads or the iPad Mini. This new update also means you can now fly your Mavic Mini with an iPad now as well, this will make many Mavic Mini owners very happy.

There are some pros and cons to using an iPad as your screen when flying a drone. The benefits are you get a big beautiful screen allowing you to get a good view of what you’re filming. However, the main downside is the screen on an iPad has a very low nit brightness level and it can be very difficult to see the screen on a bright day. Investing in a sun hood is a good idea if using an iPad to fly your drone.

It is important to note that that unlike the older style of controllers the iPad Mini will not fit in the new controller for the Mavic Air 2, you must use a 3rd party tablet mount. These can be purchased fairly inexpensively on Amazon, however, my preference when it comes to tablet mounts for the Mavic Air 2 is the PolarPro Flight Deck mount. It can mount a Crystal Sky but also includes a table mount. It is a little pricey but it is well built and very customizable. You will also need to provide your own USB-C to lighting cable as the one included with the controller will be too short to reach the lightning port on the iPad. It is hit or miss which cables work, I have tried several cables some worked and some did not. If you have an Apple USB-C to Lightning cable that was included with iPhone 11’s it works perfectly. Watch my YouTube video as we demonstrate how to use an iPad with the new DJI Mavic Air 2.

DJI Mavic Air 2: https://bit.ly/3aEkkiI
PolarPro Flight Deck: https://amzn.to/35u86IN
Apple USB-C to Lightning: https://amzn.to/2YRD1gu

 

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