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Terminal window spurious resizing with iPad (sidecar)

I'm using an iPad to extend the desktop on a Macbook Pro. Suppose I disconnect the iPad (either by asking nicely or because it the connection gets dropped). When reconnecting the iPad, Terminal ...
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Controlling MacBook Pro with external MacBook Touch Bar

I've heard that in SideCar, you can control a MacBook Pro with the (simulated) Touch Bar on the iPad even if there is no physical Touch Bar on the MacBook. I don't own an iPad so I can't try this, but ...
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Is it possible to disable Sidecar in macOS or iOS?

Is it possible to disable the Sidecar feature on macOS or iOS? I never use it and will sometime accidentally select "Move to [iPad]" when trying to move a window to my other monitor and it ...
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Possible to use SideCar with MacBook Pro w/ 4 external displays?

As noted in the tech specs of the MacBook Pro (16-inch, 2019), it can support to four external 4k monitors, and that's how I've set up mine. The maxed-out number of monitors + the laptop's display ...
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Sidecar from iMac to MacBook but not vice versa?

I’m using a 2021 iMac (M1) and a 2019 15" MacBook Pro. Both run macOS Monterey, 12.1. The iMac is mine, the MacBook Pro is supplied by my employer. As you might imagine, there are certain tasks I ...
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Unplugging Sidecar connected iPad crashes OS Networking

I use Sidecar with a 2019 16" MBP (Monterey 12.1) and an 12.9" iPad Pro (iPadOS 15.2). The connection is over USB with an Apple USB-C Lightning cable. When I unplug the iPad, all networking ...
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Switching between MacOS applications when using IPad as side-car

When using IPad (with docked keyboard) as sidecar, cmd+Tab on iPad seems to get intercepted and switches between iPad apps instead of Mac apps. Rest of the modifiers get transmitted to Mac correctly. ...
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Switching between Sidecar and other apps on IPad?

I'm using iPad in sidecar mode to annotate my Mac screen, and sometimes I'm not able to "CMD+Tab" from the sidecar app on my IPad. Also "drag from the bottom" gesture resists, and ...
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Sidecar Constantly Crashes in Congested Netork Environments

When I use Sidecar between my M1 Air and my 2nd Gen Ipad Pro 12.9" at coffeeshops, I get near constant crashes and poor connectivity, whereas it works much better at home. I downloaded a wifi ...
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Why does my Apple Pencil produce different brush strokes than my mouse in Photoshop?

I’m working through the 2021 release of Adobe Photoshop Classroom in a Book for my digital imaging class. One of the lessons is on the Mixer Brush tool. I decided to connect my Mac to my iPad Pro ...
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Sidecar to turn iPad into a Wacom style tablet (i.e. Pen Tablet)?

The word "Tablet" is overloaded. It could refer to a device like an iPad, but it could also refer to a device similar to a Wacom tablet, often called a "pen tablet" or "...
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SideCar heats my iPad Pro 12.9 2020, and MacBook Pro 2017 13

Good afternoon. Can you tell me how to fix the issue regarding with overheating my iPad and MacBook? I connect them wirelessly.Maybe that is solution, but I would like to hear any possible solutions ...
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What exactly does the error -6709 mean for Sidecar?

When attempting to connect with Sidecar to an iPad, what is the exact meaning of error -6709? Since there are other kinds of error messages that indicate it is not working, please do not simply answer ...
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Can you use Sidecar with 5G only to connect Macbook Pro to iPad Pro M1 devices reliably for work

I am using the 13" Macbook Pro M1 and considering getting a iPad Pro 12.9" M1 to establish a portable dual screen for work. So I would add the Tmobile 5G plan on the iPad and do not want to ...
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iPad as Mac Display: How to return to Mac desktop from iPad home screen?

I'm using my iPad as a secondary display. The menu bar icon on my Mac is blue (active), my Mac desktop is on the iPad. I press the iPad's home button. I'm now on the iPad's home screen. The Mac is ...
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Sidecar shows blank screen. Unless I reboot

My iPad shows this blank screen after it disconnects due to poor connection and I start sidecar back up. After rebooting the computer, and connecting with Sidecar, the problem is resolved. I don't ...
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How can I scroll using my fingers when my iPad is being used as Sidecar?

I can't scroll using finger touches. I can only scroll using my Mac's trackpad. Seeing from their own guides, it should be allowed: Use standard gestures on iPad: Use your fingers to tap, touch and ...
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Battery performance on iPad in sidecar mode

I'm thinking of getting an iPad as a second display using the sidecar feature. Assuming the display be always on in sidecar mode and it's always plugged in to charge, would the iPad using its battery ...
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Does Sidecar support sound?

Apple Sidecar for Mac is a great way to use the iPad as a secondary screen. However it appears that there is no support for sound. Is this correct, or am I doing something wrong? I am on MacOS ...
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Trying to Zoom (in Accessibility) the iPad Sidecar display gives -501 misc error

As per the title. My mac is 10.15.7 while my iPad is 13.5.1. Details: First set up sidecar. Then, go to System Preferences - Accessibility - Zoom - Choose Display - Choose sidecar display. Then, error ...
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Mac mini with an iPad as the only display?

Can I run a Mac mini with an iPad as the only display? Let's say that Sidecar has some kind of an autostart and when the Mac mini boots, it automatically gets started.
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How do you get Sidecar scrolling working?

I've got a MBP 16 attached to an iPad (6th generation). The official Apple support page (https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT210380) mentions two finger swiping to scroll, but it's not working for me. ...
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Sidecar: use tap gesture as "click" with a mouse

I'm using Sidecar with iPad Pro 11 and MacBook Pro 15 2016. I noticed, that I could use Apple Pencil to interact with the interface elements on the second screen, e.g. open a new empty tab in Safari. ...
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Is it possible to use AirDrop and Sidecar with a mac on a VPN?

I need to use a VPN on my mac from time to time. While I'm doing so, it interferes with the ability to use AirDrop and Sidecar. My VPN has the ability to whitelist certain apps, so is there a ...
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VPN breaks AirDrop, Sidecar etc. - any idea how to set up VPN to enable them?

My workplace uses Cisco AnyConnect VPN (but I have seen same problems with other VPNs as well, eg. here) and it seems to break AirDrop, Sidecar and similar Apple's local network services. While I am ...
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Sidecar and Microsoft OneNote

I am a little bit confused. I want to use an iPad with Sidecar and OneNote on a MacBook Pro. Everything is working fine, but if I select "Text mode" under drawing, I am not able to control my cursor ...
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Using iPad camera as default in Sidecar

Sidecar works well, but is there is any option to use my iPad camera and speaker as default while using Sidecar. Catalina V 10.15.3 (19D76)
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How to set up sidecar without giving Apple your account password?

Please demonstrate how to set up an iPad using sidecar to both a MacBook Pro and an iMac without giving Apple access to your local computer's account password (which can be used to decrypt all of your ...
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Change arrangement of iPad used as Sidecar Display

I have an iPad Pro (2018 3rd Gen) that I'm using as 2nd display with my Macbook Pro (2018). I can enable it and it works well, but it's on the wrong side of my Macbook and there's no options in ...
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Is it possible to use 2 iPads simultaneously with Sidecar?

I'd like to use 2 iPads simultaneously as extra monitors for my Mac. When I try to connect a second iPad through Sidecar, it disconnects the first iPad. Is there a way to override this and use two ...
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Auto-connect Sidecar on bootup

Is there a way to have Sidecar connect to the same iPad by default on launch? Possibly by running some script that would automatically run at boot-up to make the Airplay connection.
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Sidecar hinders Mac's wifi quality

As far as I know, Sidecar can be used both wirelessly and with a wired connection. Using Sidecar wirelessly severely cuts my internet connection down from 22Mbps to 4Mbps(both download and upload ...
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Sidecar connection problem [duplicate]

I have a 6th gen iPad (v13.1.3) and an iMac 27 2019 (latest 10.15) on the same wifi network. I can choose my iPad from the dropdown of the sidecar menu, but I always get "Unable to Connect to “iPad ...
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When using Sidecar on MacBook Pro, built-in display is tinted

I don't know why, and if this is expected, but I noticed that the built-in display on my MacBook Pro was tinted, as if the system was applying another and incorrect color profile on it, when using ...
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Sidecar not working with Ipad Pro 2018, Macbook Pro 2016

It only works if I use wired connection, however over the WiFi it does not. My Macbook Pro 2016 does not recognize my Ipad which is 5 centimeters away. Both devices are on the same Wifi network, and ...
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Sidecar not working between MBP 15' 2019 and iPad Pro 9.7'

I just updated both my ipad to IpadOS and my MBP to Catalina and I'm trying to setup sidecar. I made sure that: both are on the same wifi network I'm logged in with the same iCloud account on both ...
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Sidecar only shows a black screen on iPad until reboot

It is 100% fixable by rebooting my Mac. It is also 100% annoying when I have to do that. After the reboot I can use Sidecar wirelessly very reliably. Until I disconnect. Or change any Sidecar setting (...
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sidecar unable to connect deviced timed out

I have been trying to use Sidecar in the public betas of macOS Catalina and iPadOS 13. I have a 2019 Macbook Pro, and a 3rd generation iPad Pro, so I know I have supported devices. Both devices are ...
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Force Sidecar to use usb connection

macOS Catalina has a feature where you can use your iPad as a secondary display for your Mac. I have a Macbook Pro 2016 and a 10.5 inch iPad Pro 2017. Both are officially supported for the latest ...
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Screen capture a sidecar

Using the sidecar feature with macOS catalina, is it still possible to use the iPadOS feature to capture the screen to a video?
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How to tell if my old Mac supports Sidecar feature in macOS Catalina?

This is a useful feature added to macOS Catalina. But how to tell if older hardware will support this new feature?
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