Side-cars are especially useful when they need to be portable, such as In a café, for example, and when you're traveling, although you can use it at work and at home, of course. The new functionworks on your Mac when it is running . Here you will find everything we know about how Apple Sidecar works.
Which iPads with Sidecar function as a second screen
All iPads with the new iPadOS 13 software update work with Sidecar. Here are the compatible iPads.
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Which Mac works with Sidecar
In addition to a compatible iPad, you need a Mac that works with Sidecar.
- MacBook Pro, 2016 or later
- MacBook Air, 2016 or later
- 2018 or later
- iMac, 2016 or later plus iMac Retina 5K, 27 inches, late 2015
- iMac Pro  Mac mini, 2018 or later
- Mac Pro, 2019
Connecting your iPad to your Mac
For Apple Sidecar to work, you need to connect your iPad to your Mac using a charging cable or Bluetooth wireless connection. Of course, this is your first step. Keep in mind that you need to be within 10 yards of your Mac (which is just over 30 meters) for Bluetooth to work. You also need to make sure that both devices are signed in to the same iCloud account.
How to set up Sidecar when your iPad is connected
On your Mac, click the AirPlay menu when your iPad is connected. Your iPad should be displayed in the menu. There are two ways you can set up your dual screens: You can expand your desktop display to show two different screens, or you can mirror your screens so that they both display exactly the same.
Extend your Mac screen to your iPad.
If you select the option to expand your screen, you can open a number of apps and browser tabs on your Mac while you have a completely different app or suite of apps on the iPad. For example, you can watch a video on the iPad while typing on the Mac. You can also drag and drop documents and other items from one screen to another.
Mirror your two screens.
If you're setting up Sidecar with the iPad, you can also see the same screen on both devices by mirroring your screens. This means that exactly the same apps are displayed simultaneously on both screens.
This is especially useful if you want to draw on your iPad during a presentation while others are displayed on your Mac. Or, if you're on an airplane, you can play a movie on your Mac while your seatmate is watching on the iPad, so you do not have to look at the same screen.
Since Sidecar's goal is to give you a second screen, many of your iPad features are not available while connected to your Mac.
Sketching with the Apple Pencil
If you want to write, draw, design graphics, and edit photos in your own handwriting, you can use Apple Pencil to do the work on your iPad. Because MacOS Catalina allows you to connect your Mac to your iPad, your sketches can easily be transferred to your Mac by dragging and dropping them from one screen to the other.
Using the Touchbar and Sidebar Controls
Sidecar also lets you use your iPad as a touch bar (the app bar at the bottom of the screen) for easy access. You can also turn it into a sidebar tool (your most used documents are saved here as icons) to create shortcuts to apps (see below).
Apps That You Can Use with Sidecar
Apple announced that Sidecar will work with these apps, but hopefully there will be more in the future.
- Adobe Illustrator
- Affinity Designer & Photo
- Cinema 4D
- DaVinci Resolve
- Final Cut Pro
- Sketch  Substance Designer & Painter
Originally released earlier this year. The update is now available for MacOS Catalina.
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