Apple Sidecar second screen feature revealed at WWDC 2019

During today's WWDC conference, Apple announced a new feature called Sidecar, which allows users to connect their iPads to their Mac and use it as a secondary display.


MacOS is getting a huge update with the upcoming release of macOS Catalina. With Catalina, Apple is looking to change up several things, but one of the biggest new additions is the Sidecar feature, which allows users to connect their iPads with their Macs and use it as a second screen.

With Sidecar, users can easily connect their iPad as a second screen for their Mac. This allows you to easily and quickly move things from one display to another, clearing up important screen real estate so that you can work within a smoother environment. It’s a great feature that we’ve seen utilized for several years in other computers, though the convenience of the iPad comes with the fact that you won’t need to worry about buying a second monitor.

Apple Sidecar second screen feature revealed at WWDC 2019

Sidecar will be available to all users in Catalina, and it will even allow those who enjoy art to work on their iPads the same way they would on any other drawing tablet, so long as they’re using an Apple Pen. This will allow users to more easily work within applications like Photoshop and other art-based creation apps.

Sidecar is a great way to further improve the workability between the iPad and the Mac as a whole. I know, personally, that having an extra screen can really help with productivity as a whole, and as a writer it’s a really good improvement to have. It will be interesting to see how Sidecar works in action, though the demonstrations that Apple showed off at WWDC 2019 were smooth from what we could tell.

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    June 3, 2019 12:00 PM

    Josh Hawkins posted a new article, Apple Sidecar second screen feature revealed at WWDC 2019

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      June 3, 2019 3:06 PM

      I can’t believe there isn’t more chatter about this. It’s a terrific new feature.

      It really makes me want to hit an Apple store and see how the current keyboards feel. I’ve been using the Surface Pro 4 beepboopbop sold me because my Air is just unusable slow now, but I have to admit that I miss my MacBook Air for a number of reasons, though that damn Surface does check a LOT of boxes. One of them being price. Hell, even a new Surface Pro 6 is cheaper than an iPad Pro, which I find kind of insane.

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        June 3, 2019 3:41 PM

        It's pretty huge. My interest in owning an ipad sky rocketed with that (even though I feel bad for third party software that already does this whom they've basically killed off)

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