Which Mac and iPad models are compatible with Sidecar? [List]


Here is a list of all Mac and iPad models that are compatible with the macOS Catalina Sidecar feature.

Sidecar only works with certain Mac and iPad models – Check if yours is on the list

While many of you have already decided to dig in, I’m pretty sure some users are playing it safe at this point. I’m talking about those who are somewhat reluctant to upgrade to macOS Catalina and might be wondering if a certain feature would work immediately. One of those features is Sidecar, which turns your iPad into a secondary display for your Mac running macOS Catalina.

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Now the point is, you can’t immediately use Sidecar. Your Mac and iPad must be compatible to work together. Even if a device is incompatible, you are out of luck.

To run Sidecar, you need one of the following Macs. Pay close attention to the year.

  • 12-inch MacBook (Early 2016 or newer)
  • MacBook Air (2018 or newer)
  • MacBook Pro (2016 or newer)
  • iMac (late 2015 or newer)
  • Mac mini (2018)
  • iMac Pro (2017)
  • Mac Pro (2019)

Note: If you want to know your Mac model, click the Apple logo in the Mac menu bar, and then click About this Mac.

Is your iPad compatible with Sidecar? Here are the supported models:

  • 9.7-inch iPad 5 and iPad 6
  • 10.2 inch iPad 7
  • iPad mini 5
  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro first, second and third generation
  • 10.5-inch iPad Pro
  • 9.7-inch iPad Pro
  • 11-inch iPad Pro

Note: Sidecar supports Apple Pencil 1 and 2.

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We sincerely hope you have a Mac that works perfectly with Sidecar, otherwise it’s really painful to hear that one of the most popular features might not work for you. Nonetheless, it also gives you the option to upgrade your device, if it’s something you’ve always wanted to do but were looking for a solid reason.

If you want to install macOS Catalina right now, be sure to check out the following:


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