With every new upgrades comes better functionalities that advances the usage of technology and computers as an easy tool for achieving numerous things in our daily lives. If you’ve ever thought about using your tablet as a secondary “control” display for your computer, then that is what Apple implemented into the MacOS Catalina and the iPad OS on iPad and it’s called the “SideCar”.
What the new Apple SideCar does is allowing the Mac to run harmoniously alongside the iPad which runs the iPadOS using the latter as the secondary screen.
This is extremely useful for anyone who needs a second display but who already owns an iPad and doesn’t want to invest in a brand new expensive monitor. Apple has had this feature in beta with macOS Catalina since June of this year and it has been received extremely well. Now, however, the feature is live with macOS Catalina and can be interacted with globally.
So if you are amazed already and wants to try this on; assuming you already have a working MacOS Cataina as well as the new iPadOS on your iPad device, then let’s dive straight setting up and running SideCar.
Step 1: On a Mac computer running the MacOS Catalina operating system, Launch the System Preferences application and then Select the SideCar option which will in turn give you options that are related t the SideCar features..
Step 2: Make sure that your iPad is connected to your Mac via the correct cable else the entire process will need to be restarted upon reconnection.
Step 3: Now within the SideCar preferences window, select the drop-down on the “Connect to:” box which should show you a list if you’re connected to an iPad running the iPadOS.
Step 4: You will notice that you get a little flash on the Mac screen and then the iPad will kick into action with your second screen.
Step 5: Now, you can play around with the preferences of the Sidecar setup via the display settings in the macOS System Preferences. This will allow you to change how you access different displays and how those displays are stacked together.
And there you have it. There is a lot you can do to play around with it and see what’s what, but that covers the very basics of Sidecar.
One big advantage this would have is for designers for example. And since Apple had refused to make the MacOS support touch-screen based computers like Windows, using the Apple pen to create amazing graphics can be done primarily on your tablet while it’s being relayed to the Mac screen.