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By Stephen Hackett

The Hackett File: What Sidecar says about the future of the Mac

Coming with macOS Catalina and iPadOS 13, Sidecar bridges the Mac and iPad experience, turning for latter into an external display for the former.

For full details, be sure to check out John Voorhees’s article on the subject, but today, I want to talk about Sidecar through the lens of what it could mean about the future of the Mac.

Sidecar will allow you to mirror your Mac’s display on an iPad or use the iPad like a traditional external display. Additionally, any window can be sent to the iPad’s display via a new contextual menu item available when hovering over the green stoplight button on any macOS window. Which is … weird:

On the surface, it would appear that Sidecar basically means Apple is officially supporting accessing macOS via a touchscreen, something the company has not yet done with their Mac notebooks.

The devil, as they say, is in the details.…

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