Apple today announced macOS Catalina, which has several new features, including “Sidecar” which allows you to use your iPad as a second display. Using a Mac with the latest operating system and an iPad with iPadOS 13, you can turn your iPad into a second fully interactive display. However, to interact with a Mac system via an iPad, users need to have a newer iPad and Mac device.
Apple has decided that “Sidecar” is limited to iPads that support Apple Pencil. If the old iPad you have on hand cannot be used with Apple Pencil, you won’t be able to use the iPad as a second monitor even if you upgrade to iPadOS 13.
The following models are not available for using Sidecar
- iPad Air 2
- iPad mini 4
- iPad (5th generation)
Conversely, as long as your iPad supports Apple Pencil, you can use “Sidecar” whether you have an Apple Pencil or not. Below are all iPad models that can run the iPadOS 13 “Sidecar” feature:
- iPad (6th generation)
- iPad (7th generation)
- iPad mini 5
- iPad Air (3rd generation)
- iPad Pro (all)