Hello Multitasking! Do you want to mirror Mac screen to iPad? Then sidecar is the feature you need to explore. However, before you get too excited, you should check whether your Mac and iPad support this feature.
Notably, Sidecar was introduced with macOS Catalina and iPadOS 13. Therefore, your device must be running on these operating systems or later.
Sidecar-compatible iPad and Mac
List of iPads that Support SideCar
- iPad Pro (all models)
- iPad (6th generation or later)
- iPad mini (fifth generation or later)
- iPad Air (3rd generation or later)
marginal note, Technically speaking, SideCar works with all iPads that support the Apple Pencil (1st and 2nd generation).
List of Macs That Are Compatible with Sidecar
- MacBook Pro (2016 or later)
- MacBook (2016 or later)
- MacBook Air (2018 or later)
- iMac (2017 or later, or iMac Retina 5K, 27-inch, Late 2015)
- Mac Mini (2018 or later)
- Mac Pro (2019)
- mac studio
So how does Sidecar work?
Apple’s Remote Display software is very similar to the Due Display and Luna Display in terms of software functionality. Depending on your needs, you can use virtual display technology to extend or mirror your desktop. As mentioned above, it is designed to work with both wired and wireless connections.
When using a wired connection, you’ll need a USB-C to USB-C cable (for newer iPad Pros) or a USB-C to Lightning cable, depending on the iPad model. As for efficiency, the wired connection minimizes latency issues and helps the virtual display work a bit better.
When using this feature over a wireless connection, make sure your devices are within a range of 10 meters. Initially, the technology used Bluetooth for faster connections, then leverages point-to-point Wi-Fi for data transfer.
Another thing to note is that your iPad and Mac must also be signed in to the same iCloud account.
A step in the right direction…
Now, you don’t need to use third-party apps and hardware to turn your iPad into your Mac’s secondary display. I’ve been using this feature ever since I started using Catalina and iPadOS. And I must say it has further enhanced the consistency which has been a great feature in the Apple ecosystem for a long time.
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