Apple’s new macOS Catalina comes with a new Sidecar feature that allows you to use the iPad as a secondary display with your Mac. You can also use the iPad as a high precision drawing tablet with the Mac.
Now it has been revealed that the new Sidecar feature will only be available with some of thew newer MacBook’s, iMac and other Macs, you can see a list of compatible devices below.
Sidecar compatible Macs:
- Late 2015 27″ iMac or newer
- 2017 iMac Pro
- Mid 2016 MacBook Pro or newer
- Late 2018 Mac mini or newer
- Late 2018 MacBook Air or newer
- Early 2016 MacBook or newer
- 2019 Mac Pro
This was discovered by developer Steve Troughton Smith who posted the information on Twitter, you can see the tweet below.
To enable Sidecar on older Macs and devices (sadly, doesn’t work on mine): defaults write https://t.co/LLWkWTxkE0.sidecar.display allowAllDevices -bool YES
— Steve Troughton-Smith (@stroughtonsmith) June 5, 2019
It is not clear as yet on what the new Sidecar feature will only work on the above Macs, you will also need a compatible iPad to run the feature. iPads compatible with the new iPadOS include the iPad Air 2 or later, iPad Mini 4 or later and the 5th generation iPad or later.
There is apparently the possibility that this feature may be enabled on earlier Macs with a terminal command, although whether this will be available in the final version remains to be seen.
Apple will be releasing their new macOS Catalina some time this fall, we are expecting it to be released in either September or October.