Apple Introduces Sidecar App for Using an iPad as a Mac's Secondary Display

Apple today at WWDC 2019 unveiled a new Mac app named Sidecar that will allow an iPad to be used as a second display for a Mac, similar to existing third-party options like Duet Display and Luna Display.


‌Sidecar‌ will work both wired and wirelessly and will support the Apple Pencil as an input device for the Mac. This functionality will be supported across all apps that support tablets.


Apple's WWDC 2019 keynote is underway. Stay tuned for updates…

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27 weeks ago

I love using Luna, but they had to hack the hardware to make it work, having it built in directly to MacOS/iOS is obviously going to be better. Hopefully, the folks at AstroPad/Luna can provide some additional features, would hate to see them go out of business.



I for one hope this is the death of AstroPad as a company! They milked original customers that supported them from the start! by being greedy and moving Pro users to subscription model.Something that should have been offered for free to original users who bought into their eco system and purchased pens that they endorsed then they dropped support for!

Karma is a great thing sometimes.
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27 weeks ago
Well, rest in peace Duet and Luna Display
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27 weeks ago

I’m curious what the supported Macs/iPads are too.

from what I've read on the features list any A9 or higher iPad and any 2012 or later Mac can support this. I was worried that my 9.7 iPP was going to miss out but as far as I can tell so far its going to be supported
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27 weeks ago

Well, rest in peace Duet and Luna Display


That depends on Apple's implementation. The Apple pencil doesn't have a hover feature, and many Photoshop functions, such as the clone stamp, depend on hover. AstroPad has a special workaround that allows you to use touch to simulate hover. We shall see if Apple is going to have that implemented. AstroPad has some pretty advanced features that go beyond screen mirroring.


I wouldn't write off Duet. I'm a Windows 10 user and Duet works great for expanding my desktop onto the iPad. So even if it loses Mac users, there are still plenty of us Windows users who will still comprise a decent-sized market for an app such as Duet... unless Apple ports SideCar over to Windows also.
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27 weeks ago
I hope I can use it as a main display for the Mac Mini. Would be nice to just use my iPad as a display while the TV is being used by my wife.
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27 weeks ago
Hope the 10.5" iPad Pro supports this
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27 weeks ago

This will keep my 2012 iMac alive if It’s supported. I have a new 12.9” iPad Pro which is my main computer. But sometimes I like to sit at my desk. I have fewer and fewer reasons to keep my iMac around but being able to use my iPad Pro with it as both a second screen and ask an input device with Pencil, really makes keeping a Mac worthwhile.


It's being billed as a macOS Catalina feature, and it looks like you're supported: https://www.apple.com/macos/catalina-preview/#compatibility
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27 weeks ago

I for one hope this is the death of AstroPad as a company! They milked original customers that supported them from the start! by being greedy and moving Pro users to subscription model.Something that should have been offered for free to original users who bought into their eco system and purchased pens that they endorsed then they dropped support for!

Karma is a great thing sometimes.

You do have a point. I mainly use Luna for the second display, couldn't tell you what the reasons for using Astropad Studio are. I do agree with you on the subscription thing, one of the things that I've appreciated about ProCreate and Affinity.
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27 weeks ago
I love using Luna, but they had to hack the hardware to make it work, having it built in directly to MacOS/iOS is obviously going to be better. Hopefully, the folks at AstroPad/Luna can provide some additional features, would hate to see them go out of business.
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27 weeks ago

Well, rest in peace Duet and Luna Display


That depends on Apple's implementation. The Apple pencil doesn't have a hover feature, and many Photoshop functions, such as the clone stamp, depend on hover. AstroPad has a special workaround that allows you to use touch to simulate hover. We shall see if Apple is going to have that implemented. AstroPad has some pretty advanced features that go beyond screen mirroring.
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