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With Apple’s Sidecar, which arrived with macOS 10.15 Catalina, you can turn an iPad into a second display for your Mac and it is spectacular. If it supports Apple Pencil input, the iPad Pro tablet can also be used as an input device. Is it worth using Sidecar if you’re a Mac user? How does it work?
You can learn everything about Apple Sidecar from this article. Continuity uses the same technology as Apple’s Sidecar. Bluetooth is used to establish the initial connection, and then point-to-point Wi-Fi is used for data transfer. An iPad receives a second virtual display via an encrypted encoded stream with virtual display technology.
Display video from Mac to iPad and tablet events from iPad to Mac are sent via a low-latency connection. For example, it is designed to extend or mirror your desktop rather than serve as an independent monitor for your Mac mini. You can use Sidecar either through a direct-wired connection (Lightning or USB Type-C) or wirelessly. For Sidecar to work, both devices – iPad and Mac – must be logged into the same iCloud account.
IPad and Sidecar:
Neither the Mac nor iPad need to load a sidecar app to use Sidecar. Connecting to an iPad is as simple as connecting to any external display. If you’re using macOS Catalina, you’ll need to select AirPlay from the menu bar on your Mac and then select your iPad. You can choose your iPad from the menu in the Control Centre (the icon between search and Siri) if you are using Mac OS Big Sur.
Your Mac’s AirPlay/Control Center icon will become an iPad icon when Sidecar is in use. Clicking on the iPad icon will present you with a number of options including Mirror Display, Hide Sidebar, Show Touch Bar, Open Display Preferences, and Open Sidecar Preferences. While Sidecar only supports one iPad at a time, it can also be used with multiple external displays.
As soon as the Sidecar feature is running, the iPad becomes a dumb display with a few nifty extra features. If you drag an app or other item from your standard secondary display to your iPad screen, you can do it just like on a standard second display.
With macOS 12 you will be able to connect a Mac to an iPad and work with a single mouse and keyboard. It will be possible to drag your macOS mouse over to an iPad and drag and drop content between the two devices. You won’t need to set anything up. For now, you can move an app window automatically by hovering over the green icon in the top right of an app window on your map.
When you hover over the green icon, you’ll see a “Move to iPad” option that allows you to move the app to the iPad. When Sidecar is active, you’ll still be able to access other iPad features by swiping up from the bottom of the iPad.
If you swipe up, you can access the Home screen or App Switcher, and you can use Split View and Slide Over to run an iPad app and Sidecar simultaneously. In the dock, you’ll need to tap the Sidecar icon to get back.