macOS 10.15 Catalina is coming later this year, and one of its most impressive new features is the ability to use an iPad as a second display for a Mac. Called Sidecar, it’s one of the 5 best macOS Catalina features baked into Apple’s new OS – especially for productivity fans.
How to use Sidecar in macOS Catalina: Sidecar effectively turns any iPad into a portable monitor, one with a powerful internal battery, allowing apps and multiple windows to be dragged onto its screen and interacted with using a mouse, keyboard or Apple Pencil.
You can use it with a cable connected between your Mac and iPad (which charges the latter), or without one. The tech uses a combination of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, so you’ll be able to put 10 meters of distance between the two devices before the connection drops.
Better yet, Sidecar is natively coded into the latest version of macOS and iPadOS, which makes Apple’s implementation of the screen-sharing tech the smoothest we’ve seen yet. It’s even good enough to use an iPad as a drawing canvas when using full-fat desktop apps.
Without further ado, read on to discover how to set up and use Sidecar on macOS Catalina.