Apple launched macOS Catalina at this time, and one of many replace’s marquee options is Sidecar, which helps you to use your iPad as a second show to your Mac laptop computer or desktop. The function is designed to be a helpful option to give your self some further display actual property, particularly in the event you usually carry round each an iPad and an Apple laptop computer. The Verge’s Dieter Bohn known as it his favourite new function on Catalina in our assessment.
But there’s a catch in the event you’re excited to make use of Sidecar along with your laptop computer: in the event you’ve been holding out on shopping for an Apple laptop computer with out the troubled butterfly keyboard, you possibly can’t use Sidecar. According to an Apple white paper, the one laptops that Sidecar works on are:
- MacBooks from 2016 or later (the second technology of Apple’s ultra-thin [and now gone] laptop computer line)
- MacE-book Airs from 2018 or later (Apple’s latest redesign of the MacE-book Air)
- MacE-book Pros from 2016 or later (Apple switched to butterfly keys within the Pros in 2016)
It’s disappointing to see that Sidecar doesn’t work on any older laptops with out the corporate’s perpetually troubled butterfly keyboard, which has gone by means of three iterations and is now coated below an extended warranty program Apple launched last year particularly to handle the difficulty for sure fashions.
But the restricted variety of supported Macs for Sidecar could in truth be as a result of chipsets, as Apple’s white paper says the function requires Intel’s Skylake or newer CPUs. As famous by an astute AppleInsider forums user, Skylake provides help for the HEVC video codec, which suggests the mirroring function may depend on the codec to share what’s in your Mac’s show along with your iPad. We don’t know for certain that’s the case, however it does appear fairly believable.
You’ll additionally want a comparatively new iPad to make use of Sidecar, too, and it should help Apple Pencil. Apple says all iPad Pros are supported, in addition to the sixth gen or newer iPad, fifth gen iPad mini, and the third gen iPad Air. And regardless of which you employ, it should have to be working iPadOS 13.
Apple says Sidecar additionally works on desktop Macs with Skylake chipsets or newer, together with:
- Mac minis from 2018 or later
- iMacs from late 2015 or later
- iMac Pros
- The upcoming 2019 Mac Pro
Update October seventh, 8:25PM ET: Clarified that Sidecar additionally works on desktop Macs, and added the checklist of desktop Macs that help Sidecar.