But they’ve more than made up for it with the introduction of Sidecar, which genuinely doubles the utility value of any modern i Pad, provided you’re someone for whom additional screen real estate, with or without pressure-sensitive pen input, is something valuable.As someone who often works on the road and out of the office, Sidecar seems like something I personally designed in the room with Apple’s engineering team.The Pencil is the only means of touch input available with Sidecar, and that’s potentially going to be weird for users of other third-party display extender apps, most of which support full touch input for the extended Mac display they provide.
These are beta software products, and I’ve definitely encountered a few bugs including my main Mac display blanking out and requiring a restart (that’s totally fine – betas by definition aren’t fully baked).
But Sidecar is already a game-changer, and one that I will probably have a hard time living without in future – especially on the road.
You can attach dates to individual notes, and even link them to events in your calendar. Notes that are On the Agenda are given special status.
You can search for them more easily, and they appear in a special group in the sidebar, so you can find them in a flash.
Also new to mac OS Catalina is a hover-over menu for the default window controls (those three ‘stoplight’ circular buttons that appear at the top left of any Mac app).
Apple now provides options to either go fullscreen, tile your app left or right to take up 50% of your display, or, if you’re using Sidecar, to quickly move the app to Sidecar display or back.
The one thing you can’t do that you can do with traditional displays is change the resolution – Apple keeps things default here at 1366 x 1024, but it’s your i Pad’s extremely useful native resolution (2732 x 2048, plus Retina pixel doubling for the first-generation 12.9-inch i Pad Pro I’m using for testing), and it means there’s nothing weird going on with pixelated graphics or funky text.
Apple also turns on, by default, both a virtual Touchbar and a new feature called ‘Sidebar’ (yes, it’s a Sidebar for your Sidecar) that provides a number of useful commands including the ability to call up the dock, summon a virtual keyboard, quickly access the command key and more.
public beta software previews of mac OS and the new i Pad OS, I’ve finally been able to experience first-hand Sidecar, the feature that lets you use an i Pad as an external display for your Mac.