Using Your iPad as a Second Screen For Your Mac With Sidecar

Sidecar is a new feature that we will get when macOS Catalina and iOS 13 are released that lets you use your iPad as a second screen with your Mac. In addition to a basic screen, you also get some sidebar buttons and the Touch Bar along the bottom. You can use the Apple Pencil on the iPad's screen as a substitute for a mouse or trackpad, or to draw with precision into graphics apps.

Comments: 14 Responses to “Using Your iPad as a Second Screen For Your Mac With Sidecar”

    Michael Ehrman
    3 weeks ago

    Back with first iPad forward there were third party apps that let the iPad function as a screen but not as a touchpad.

    3 weeks ago

    Michael: I’ve used a lot of those old third-party apps. None worked as well as Sidecar does.

    Biz Stuff
    3 weeks ago

    Will this work on the new iPad Mini or just the Pro?

    Jan Rosier
    3 weeks ago

    Can I use the ipad pro 2018 as a first screen with mac mini 2018

    3 weeks ago

    Biz: It should work with any iPad that can run iOS 13/iPadOS.

    3 weeks ago

    Jan: You can certainly use a new iPad Pro (as long as it is running iOS 13/iPadOS). As a first screen? Not sure what you mean by that. You can use it as an additional screen or mirrored. Not sure how you may consider a screen to be “first” or “second.” Or do you mean as the ONLY screen with an Mac mini? I don’t think so as you’d need to already be using a screen with the mini to then go into Sidecar mode.

    Lorenz Rychner
    3 weeks ago

    Gary, new patreon member here.
    1) Will a MacBook Pro mid-2012 (supposedly will run Catalina) use an iPad Mini 4?
    2) If Yes, will the HDMI output of the MBPro work simultaneously with the iPad (mirroring each other)?
    When I use Keynote to present, and I sit next to the screen that the audience watches, facing the audience, unless I crane my neck for hours to look over my shoulder at what the audience sees, I only see the “next” and navigator etc. screen of Keynote on my MBPro in front of me.

    Lorenz Rychner
    3 weeks ago

    Oops, instead of HDMI output hat should have read “Mini display port” (goes to HDMI via dongle)

    3 weeks ago

    Lorenz: So far, it seems that it should work with any Mac that can run Catalina and iPad that can run iOS 13. Apple hasn’t specified anything else. But if those are what you have, then you’ll find out soon enough.
    I’m not sure what happens when you already have a second display like that. You’ll just have to try it and see. I doubt you can mirror two screens and show something else on a third as you can’t really do that now.
    Why don’t you have your Keynote “Presenter Display” set to show the current (and next) slide so you can see what the audience sees?

    Cameron
    3 weeks ago

    Was so excited until I realized my MacBook Air is too old for Catalina. But this is a feature I’ve been wanting for a long time. Third party apps that do this just aren’t consistently reliable in my experience. I guess it’s time to upgrade. Thanks for showing this.

    Stan Greenberg
    3 weeks ago

    Can this be used like a Wacom tablet with Photoshop?

    3 weeks ago

    Stan: Yes. In fact Photoshop is one of the apps that will have some advanced functionality here. I think the Apple Pencil will give precision greater than any Wacom.

    Rick
    3 days ago

    can I use iPad with ZBrush as a replacement for a (Wacom) tablet? Which iPads can do this? (i.e., can I get an older model to save costs?) Does the Apple Pen work with all iPads? thanks

    3 days ago

    I don’t know what a ZBrush is — just a plain “stylus?” I would think an Apple Pencil would be needed to replace a Wacom as you want the precision. You’d need an iPad that is compatible with an Apple Pencil.

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