The Microsoft Windows operating system is growing, partly due to compatibility with Android smartphones. Apple, that has always been a hot competitor for Microsoft are not relenting in their efforts.
Seeing the compatibility of Surface tablets with Windows computers, they came up with new technology and named it Sidecar.
Launched with MacOS Catalina and iPadOS 13, iPadOS Sidecar allows you to extend the display of your Mac to your iPad. This means a whole lot of new possibilities.
Imagine using your Apple pencil with your Mac!
That’s not even the big deal. Sidecar will bring native desktop apps to your iPad; Illustrator, and more.
However, before you get onto Sidecar, ensure you’ve disposed of your 2009 MacBook because Sidecar isn’t working with that, – of course.
In this article, we’ll go over Macs and iPads that do support iPadOS Sidecar, before going to explain how you can exactly set it up on your Mac and iPad, getting a new iPad, and Mac experience.
Requirements for Sidecar
Sidecar is quite demanding. You’ll need to get almost the latest gadgets, before going on to get the extra accessories to get Sidecar working perfectly, both on your iPad and Mac.
Let’s go over the gadgets part first.
What iPads support Sidecar?
Not all versions of the iPad support Sidecar. If you don’t own one of these versions of the iPad, you should consider upgrading if you’ll like to test the Sidecar experience.
Please note that there is no official document by Apple that outlines what iPads work with the all-new iPadOS Sidecar. This list is a result of detective work by experts.
IF you have the first generation Apple Pencil, these iPads are the best bet
On a second-generation Apple Pencil, the iPad requirements changes to only include the following
What Macs support Sidecar?
A whole lot, to be general. Anything after 2015 should be suitable, except you’re using some types of the Mac.
To be specific, here are the Mac computers and MacBooks that support Sidecar, right out of the box.
It’s a whole lot of hassle to set up Sidecar, I must confess. Not that the processes are actually difficult, but it’s somewhat demanding to get it set up.
Here are some things you must ensure the proper setup before you start the setup of the iPadOS sidecar.
Gotten all requirements, let’s jump on in and set up Sidecar.
How to set up Sidecar on Mac
Before you can be allowed to use Sidecar, you must activate it first.
Here’s how to activate Sidecar on your Mac.
That is all. You don’t need to know how to set up Sidecar on iPad, it doesn’t require setup. Currently, the only setup that you’ll need is that of your Mac, and if it is successful, you can share your Mac’s screen on your iPad without having to go through additional setup steps.
You can further customize Sidecar to make the experience even much better. Would you like to know how to customize Sidecar after setting it up?
Stick around for a minute.
How to customize Apple Pencil Options
You can customize the behavior of your Apple Pencil when using Sidecar. It’s easy.
How to customize Sidecar
You can use whether to use the Sidebar on the left or right. You can also decide to show the Mac Touch Bar at the top or bottom, of your Mac, by following these simple steps
You’re now sharing the screen of your Mac on your iPad. Open up to a world of new possibilities and never limit yourself to the power of the Mac, alone.