So, you want to use your iPad as a MacBook, but you have no idea where to start. See the screenshot above (and gallery below)? That is my iPad’s screen. Yes, iPad, not MacBook. This was accomplished by using a simple theme from Cydia that works with DreamBoard, an advanced theming application. Best part? The theme and DreamBoard are completely free. Here’s how:
- Install DreamBoard from Cydia.
- Install the “Mountain Lion Ultimatum” theme from Cydia.
- Respring your device.
- Once back to the main home screen, locate “DreamBoard”.
- Open and select “Mountain Lion Ultimatum (Charity Theme)” from the selections.
- That’s it! It will apply the theme, and you will see the above screen (or something similar).
Now, to take this to the next level, I also installed something named “BTC Mouse & Trackpad” (screenshot above of the Cydia screen). If you look at the screenshots in the gallery, you will see a mouse on them that looks similar to that of the OS X mouse. That is thanks to this tweak. What it does is adds (as the name so obviously states) mouse and trackpad support to the native Bluetooth support found in iOS. This works with iPhones/iPod touches as well, if you want to use it there also. With this I was able to use my Magic Mouse and Hatch & Co. keyboard case to turn my iPad into a mini MacBook.
So there you have it, the most simple way possible to turn your iPad into a pseudo-MacBook. All of this except the BTC Mouse & Keyboard is completely free, with that tweak costing $4.98. If you feel you would use it, I highly recommend the tweak as it really gives the tablet a true computer feel. I was able to make an entire Keynote presentation in half the time it would have taken using solely touch. Let me know in the comments if you are installing this, and chat with me on Twitter @TiP_Kyle about your experiences or other cool DreamBoard themes you found. Check out the gallery for more screenshots of the theme in action.