How to make the most out of Apple Sidecar

Date:17 October 2019 Author: Kyro Mitchell Tags:, , , , , ,

Apple’s latest MacOS Catalina brings with it an array of new features, with the most welcomed being Apple Sidecar.

Apple Sidecar gives users the ability to use their iPad as a secondary screen, which is especially useful when work requires portability. You’ll be able to make use of this new feature if your Mac is running MacOS Catalina and your iPad is running the latest iPadOS 13 software. Here’s everything we know about about how to set-up your Apple Sidecar.

iPads compatible with Sidecar.
Any iPads running the latest iPadOS 13 software will be compatible with Apple Sidecar. Here’s a list of compatible iPads.

  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
  • 11-inch iPad Pro.
  • 10.5-inch iPad Pro.
  • 9.7-inch iPad Pro.
  • iPad (6th generation or later)
  • iPad mini (5th generation or later)
  • iPad Air (3rd generation)

Mac’s compatible with Sidecar

In order to use the Sidecar feature, you must have one of the following Mac’s.

  • iMac 27″ (Late 2015) or newer.
  • MacBook Pro (2016) or newer.
  • Mac Mini (2018)
  • Mac Pro (2019)
  • MacBook Air (2018) or newer.
  • MacBook (Early 2016) or newer.
  • iMac Pro (2017) or newer.

Apple Sidecar allows you to connect the two devices through either a wired or wireless connection, however, before you start the connection ensure both your devices are logged into the same iCloud account. If you’re using a charging cable to connect the two devices, the connections will be slightly faster, but a wireless connection works just as well if you stay within 10 meters of your Mac.

How to setup Sidecar on Mac.

  1. On your Mac, click on System Preferences in the Dock.
  2. Click on the Sidecar option.
  3. Underneath the ‘Connect to’ option, click on devices.
  4. Select your iPad from the drop down menu.

Once the two devices are connected, you’ll have two options on how to setup your dual screen. You can either extend your your desktop display to give you two different screens, or you can choose to mirror your screen, so they both show the same thing.

Extending your Mac screen to your iPad.
If you choose the option to extend your screen, you’ll be able to have a set of apps and browsers open on your Mac, while having a completely different set of apps and browsers open on your iPad. This means you could be typing out an essay on your Mac while listening to music on your iPad. You’ll also have the ability to drag and drop items from one screen to the other.

Mirror your two screens.
The next option you’ll have is to have the two screens mirror each other. This feature is particularly helpful if you want to draw on your iPad during a presentation whilst others are watching your Mac.

To ease your workflow, Apple Sidecar is also compatible with the following applications.

  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Affinity Designer & Photo
  • Cinema 4D
  • CorelDraw
  • DaVinci Resolve
  • Final Cut Pro
  • Maya
  • Motion
  • Painter
  • Principle
  • Sketch
  • Substance Designer & Painter
  • ZBrush

Read more: 5 reasons to upgrade to MacOS Catalina 

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