Sidecar is one of the new features of macOS Catalina that has generated more comments after its presentation in the WWDC19 and it is no wonder. Thanks to this function of the operating system Mac and iPad users can use the screen of the tablet as the second screen of the Mac whenever we want.
In addition, if the iPad is compatible with the Apple Pencil it can also be used as a high precision digitizing tablet. Does it sound interesting or not?
Sidecar, the new macOS feature that allows you to use an iPad as the second screen of a Mac
It is true that in the past there were alternatives to use the screen of an Apple tablet as the second screen of a Mac, but now the integration will be perfect as it is a native function of macOS and iPadOS.
In addition, one of the main advantages of Sidecar versus third-party alternatives is that it is possible to connect both devices wirelessly. That is, it will not be necessary to use a cable to connect an iPad as a second screen to the Mac, but the communication can be totally wireless.
Of course, there is also the option to do it by cable and surely the operation is more fluid, but if you are not going to use the iPad screen to show contents that need a very high refresh rate, wireless connectivity will be more than enough.
Now that you know what Sidecar is, you’re sure to want to know if your Mac and your iPad are compatible. I do not make you wait any longer, you can check it in the following lines.
List of Mac that will be compatible with Sidecar of macOS Catalina
As often happens in these cases, not all Macs will be compatible with this function. In this occasion also not all the Macs in which Catalina can be installed will be able to make use of the Sidecar function.
The list of Mac compatible with Sidecar is this:
- iMac 27 inches of 2015 or later
- iMac Pro 2017 or later
- Mac Mini 2018 or later
- Mac Pro of 2019
- MacBook Pro 2016 or later
- MacBook 2016 or later
- MacBook Air 2018
Of course, all the Macs that come on the market from now on will be compatible with Sidecar, including the Mac Pro that Apple introduced during the WWDC19 as you can see in the previous list.
In the case of iPads, the compatibility will be exactly the same as that of iPadOS. That is if your iPad supports iPadOS you can also use the Sidecar function, as long as your Mac is also compatible with the function.