Using iPad Pro as MacBook Display | Apple Sidecar Review

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Sidecar is a recently rolled out feature with the macOS Catalina update. It enables you to use your iPad Pro/iPad mini/iPad Air/iPad 10.2″ as a sort of wireless monitor and drawing pad with the help of Apple pencil. In this video I demo it, show how I might use it in my everyday creative workflow AND discover how it’s kind of disappointing at the moment 🙁

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  1. Kyle A
    Kyle A says:

    Also, I'm not sure why SideCar is crashing so much for you. I'm using a MacBook Air with an 11" iPad Pro and mine has crashed MAYBE once ever. The only thing I can see is different between our setups is you're using so many Google apps. Perhaps the apps are using more network traffic than you realize and SideCar can't maintain a solid connection. It could be worth removing Google apps and giving it a shot.

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  2. Kyle A
    Kyle A says:

    I've been using SideCar and it feels intentionally hindered. Which, I'm honestly not surprised. Apple has always been the company to dictate to users how they can use their products. I think SideCar is long overdue and I am excited to see how it develops and improves over time.

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  3. Taj Callender
    Taj Callender says:

    I have a decent free setup for mirroring and controlling my display, while running at my iPad’s aspect ratio. Splashtop is the only app I found for free that can even do that, and it’s not bad! Again, in the free version I have to be connected to the same network as my MacBook, but this allows for me to completely enter another room, or lie down on my bed, or do anything, WHILE still working! I have an ULTRA cheap setup. Splashtop, an older MacBook Air, iPad mini, and Logitech Crayon. It makes the ultimate Sidecar alternative. So although I cannot EXTEND my display, mirroring is all I really needed! My setup has a BIT of latency, and doesn’t support touch as well (although you can actually use your finger as a pointer), it has it’s pros too! For example, I can use it with my MacBook closed on it’s charger, without anything turning on or lighting up (great for use at 11:32 PM), touch can be your pointer, it’s free, works on all devices, etc. But Sidecar would still be nice…

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  4. mike miles
    mike miles says:

    Ok Noah! You’re a young kid👦 that I respect very much✊ and I am an old man 👴 So I have a question ❓I have an old 2016 iPad Pro 👨‍💻 But I would like 🤗 to get a new iPad Pro 👨‍💻 So should I buy🙁🖐one👆now or wait❓My old 👴I IPad Pro is working 🛠📸fine❓❓❓ you make great videos that I enjoy so I add just a little to my comments👍‼️🤗🖐🙁🎯

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  5. Collin Shaw
    Collin Shaw says:

    Soooo…
    For now you can use sidecar with a wire…
    And Apple kind of meant for you to use an iPad keyboard for Shortcuts.
    These are, of course, workarounds for flaws in the system, but they'd definitely help aspects of the experience.

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  6. Taj Callender
    Taj Callender says:

    I don’t like how Apple limited the iPad mini with iPadOS out of the box. By default, it still loads mobile webpages and uses the old home screen layout, both of which are actually fine and great on the mini! For desktop browsing, go to Settings > Safari > Request Desktop Websites and then go to on/Other Websites. For the new home screen (on the beta) go to Home Screen & Dock, and then More, on older versions, go to Display and Brightness, then more.

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