With the introduction of macOS Catalina and iPadOS 13, Macs and iPads are going to play nice together more seamlessly than ever before – courtesy Sidecar. Using the remote display feature, you can use your iPad as a secondary display for your Mac. That said, you get the flexibility to either mirror content on your macOS device or turn it into a secondary display to make the most of the extra screen real-estate.
Moreover, Sidecar is pretty easy to set up and works over both a wired or wireless connection. But before getting started, be sure your devices support this new remote display feature. Let’s take a look at all the iPads and Macs that work with Sidecar!
Sidecar Compatible iPads and Macs
List of iPads That Support Sidecar
- iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st generation)
- iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation)
- iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation)
- iPad Pro 11-inch
- iPad Pro 10.5-inch
- iPad Pro 9.7-inch
- iPad Air (3rd generation)
- iPad mini (5th generation)
- iPad (6th generation)
- iPad (7th generation)
Side note: Technically speaking, Sidecar works with all the Apple Pencil (1st and 2nd-gen) supported iPads.
List of Macs That Are Compatible With Sidecar
- Mac Pro (2019)
- MacBook Air (2018)
- Mac mini (2018)
- MacPro (2016 or newer)
- MacBook (Early 2016 or newer)
- iMac Pro (2017)
- iMac 27-inch (Late 2015 or newer)
So How Does Sidecar Work?
Apple’s remote display software is quite similar to Due Display and Luna Display in terms of functionality. Based on your need, you can use the virtual display technology to extend or mirror the desktop. As mentioned above, it is designed to work over both wired and wireless connections.
When using the wired connection, you would need either USB-C to USB-C cable (for new iPad Pros) or USB-C to Lightning cable depending on the iPad models. As for efficiency, the wired connection cuts down latency issues and helps the virtual display work a bit more smoothly.
When using this feature over a wireless connection, ensure that your devices are within a range of 10-meters. Initially, the technology uses Bluetooth for quick connection, then after it takes advantage of point-to-point Wi-Fi for data transfer.
One more thing worth noting is that your iPad and Mac must be logged into the same iCloud account as well.
A Step In the Right Direction…
Now, you no longer need to use third-party apps and hardware to turn your iPad into the secondary display for your Mac. Ever since I started using Catalina and iPadOS, I have been using this feature. And I must say that it has further enhanced the Continuity that has long been a great feature in the Apple ecosystem.
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What do you think of Sidecar? It would be great to have your feedback down below in the comments section.