How to check and list Sidecar compatible models of Mac and iPad

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Updated : Sep 15, 2021

“Sidecar” has been available since macOS 10.15 Catalina and iPad OS 13, but here’s how to find out which Macs and iPads are compatible, and a list of compatible models.

Not only does it have a compatible OS, but you can’t use “Sidecar” unless it’s a compatible model.

 

Information on Apple official website

Apples Image

In the page “Use your iPad as a second display for your Mac with Sidecar” on the official website, Apple announces the compatible models of Sidecar with model.

According to it, Sidecar compatible models are listed as follows.

Sidecar requires a compatible Mac using macOS Catalina or later and a compatible iPad using iPadOS 13 or later.

Based on the information on this official website, I will introduce how to check the compatible models of Sidecar compatible Mac and iPad from here.

 

What’s the alternative to older Macs that don’t support Sidecar?

Old & New Image

Unfortunately, if your Mac or iPad doesn’t support Sidecar, you can patch it to force it to support Sidecar, or use an app with similar functionality.

Please see the following articles for specific methods and advantages / disadvantages.

The following article is currently written in Japanese, but I will replace them with English from time to time.

Sidecar未対応のMacを強制対応してみた結果…
macOS 10.15 Catalinaから導入されたSidecarはiPadが外部ディスプレイとして使えますが、比較的最近のMacでないと対応していません。 ネットで検索すると強制的に対応させる方法がいくつか見つかるので、実際に実験してみた結果を紹介します。

 

How to find Mac Sidecar compatible models

MacBook Air & iMac

There are 2 ways to check

There are 2 ways to find out which Mac Sidecar is compatible with.

The “model” in ① is a name, such as written on the official Apple website.

  • MacBook Air (M1, 2020)
  • MacBook Air (Retina, 13-inch, 2020)

 

On the other hand, ② “EMC” is the official certification number of electronic devices that generate radio waves and noise, such as personal computers.

“EMC” has almost one-to-one correspondence with “model”, so it is an effective method when ① cannot be used, but in rare cases “EMC” may be duplicated in multiple “models”.

Need to be careful.

As a concrete example of “EMC” duplication, the following figure shows different “models” of MacBook Air, and the common “EMC” is used.

In this case, both “models” are compatible with Sidecar, so there is no actual harm when investigating Sidecar compatible models like this time, but just put this in the corner of your head.

Please keep it.

MacBook Air Sidecar compatible models

 

① Check from “Model”

There are 2 methods below.

Method Confrmation place
a) Display from Apple menu
  • Mac screen running
b) Search online based on “Serial number”
  • Engraved on the Mac body
  • Mac packing box sticker

 

a) Display from Apple menu

Method a) is displayed by clicking the apple mark on Apple’s menu bar and selecting “About This Mac”.

About This Mac

About This Mac

Once you know the “Model” so far, please check if it is compatible with Sidecar at the link below.

 

b) Search online based on “Serial number”

For method b), first check the serial number stamped on the back of the Mac or the serial number on the sticker attached to the packing box.

Mac EMC & Serial Number

MacBook Air梱包箱のシール

MacBook Air packing box

 

Once you know the “Serial number”, you can search for “Model” on the following Apple official website based on it.

Check Your Service and Support Coverage - Apple Support
Check your Apple warranty status. Enter a serial number to review your eligibility for support and extended coverage.

The figure below is a sample search result.

Check Your Service and Support Coverage

Check Your Service and Support Coverage

 

Once you know the “Model” so far, please check if it is compatible with Sidecar at the link below.

 

② Check from “EMC”

Check the “EMC” stamped on the back of the Mac.

Mac EMC & Serial Number

Once you know the “EMC” so far, please check if it is compatible with Sidecar at the link below.

 

How to find iPad Sidecar compatible models

iPad Image

There is 1 way to check

Check the “Model Number” in the engraving on the back of the iPad or in the “Settings” of the running iPad.

First of all, the back of the main body is the part written as “Model A ~” as shown in the picture below.

In the example below, “A2133” is the “Model Number”.

iPad裏の刻印

 

Also, if you want to check with a running iPad, open “Settings” and then “General” – “Law-based information and authentication”, and you will see “Model A ~” as shown in the figure below. It is written.

iPad "Settings"

iPad "Settings" - "Legal & Regulatory"

 

Once you know the “Model Number” so far, check the link below to see if it supports Sidecar.

 

List of Mac Sidecar compatible models

List Image

The list is long, so please jump from the link below.

MacBook Pro

13-inch

macOS 10.5 Catalina or later installed
macOS 10.5 Catalina以降がインストールされていること
Introduced
発売年
Model
モデル
EMC
2020MacBook Pro (13-inch, M1, 2020)3578
2020MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2020, Two Thunderbolt 3 ports)3348
2020MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2020, Four Thunderbolt 3 ports)3456
2019MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2019, Two Thunderbolt 3 ports)3301
2019MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2019, Four Thunderbolt 3 ports)3358
2018MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2018, Four Thunderbolt 3 ports)3214
2017MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2017, Four Thunderbolt 3 ports)3163
2017MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2017, Two Thunderbolt 3 ports)3164
2016MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, Four Thunderbolt 3 ports)3071
2016MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, Two Thunderbolt 3 ports)2978
** End of List **

 

15-inch

macOS 10.5 Catalina or later installed
macOS 10.15 Catalina以降がインストールされていること
Introduced
発売年
Model
モデル
EMC
2019MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2019)3359
2018MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2018)3215
2017MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2017)3162
2016MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2016)3072
** End of List **

 

16-inch

macOS 10.5 Catalina or later installed
macOS 10.15 Catalina以降がインストールされていること
Introduced
発売年
Model
モデル
EMC
2019MacBook Pro (16-inch, 2019)3347
** End of List **

 

MacBook Air

13-inch

macOS 10.5 Catalina or later installed
macOS 10.15 Catalina以降がインストールされていること
Introduced
発売年
Model
モデル
EMC
2020MacBook Air (M1, 2020)3598
2020MacBook Air (Retina, 13-inch, 2020)3302
2019MacBook Air (Retina, 13-inch, 2019)3184
2018MacBook Air (Retina, 13-inch, 2018)3184
** End of List **

 

11-inch

No compatible models

 

MacBook

macOS 10.5 Catalina or later installed
macOS 10.15 Catalina以降がインストールされていること
Introduced
発売年
Model
モデル
EMC
2017MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, 2017)3099
2016MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2016)2991
** End of List **

 

iMac

27-inch

macOS 10.5 Catalina or later installed
macOS 10.15 Catalina以降がインストールされていること
Introduced
発売年
Model
モデル
EMC
2020iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, 2020)3442
2019iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, 2019)3194
2017iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, 2017)3070
2015iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, Late 2015)2834
** End of List **

 

24-inch

macOS 10.5 Catalina or later installed
macOS 11 Big Sur以降がインストールされていること
Introduced
発売年
Model
モデル
EMC
2021iMac (24-inch, M1, 2021)3663
** End of List **

 

21.5-inch

macOS 10.5 Catalina or later installed
macOS 10.15 Catalina以降がインストールされていること
Introduced
発売年
Model
モデル
EMC
2019iMac (Retina 4K, 21.5-inch, 2019)3195
2017iMac (Retina 4K, 21.5-inch, 2017)3069
2017iMac (21.5-inch, 2017)3068
** End of List **

 

iMac Pro

macOS 10.5 Catalina or later installed
macOS 10.15 Catalina以降がインストールされていること
Introduced
発売年
Model
モデル
EMC
2017iMac Pro3144
** End of List **

 

Mac mini

macOS 10.5 Catalina or later installed
macOS 10.15 Catalina以降がインストールされていること
Introduced
発売年
Model
モデル
EMC
2020Mac mini (M1, 2020) 3569
2018Mac mini (2018)3213
** End of List **

 

Mac Pro

macOS 10.5 Catalina or later installed
macOS 10.15 Catalina以降がインストールされていること
Introduced
発売年
Model
モデル
EMC
2019Mac Pro (2019)3203
2019Mac Pro (Rack, 2019)3413
** End of List **

 

List of iPad Sidecar compatible models

List Image

The list is long, so please jump from the link below.

iPad Pro

iPadOS 13 or later installed
iPadOS 13 以降がインストールされていること
Introduced
発売年
Model
モデル
Model Number
モデル番号
2020iPad Pro 12.9-inch (4th generation)
iPad Pro 12.9インチ (第4世代)
  • WiFi
    • A2229
  • WiFi + Cellilar
    • A2069
    • A2232
    • A2233
2020iPad Pro 11-inch (2th generation)
iPad Pro 11インチ (第2世代)
  • WiFi
    • A2228
  • WiFi + Cellilar
    • A2068
    • A2230
    • A2231
2018iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3th generation)
iPad Pro 12.9インチ (第3世代)
  • WiFi
    • A1876
  • WiFi + Cellilar
    • A2014
    • A1895
    • A1983
2018iPad Pro 11-inch
iPad Pro 11インチ
  • WiFi
    • A1980
  • WiFi + Cellilar
    • A2013
    • A1934
    • A1979
2017iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2th generation)
iPad Pro 12.9インチ (第2世代)
  • WiFi
    • A1670
  • WiFi + Cellilar
    • A1671
    • A1821
2017iPad Pro 10.5-inch
iPad Pro 10.5インチ
  • WiFi
    • A1701
  • WiFi + Cellilar
    • A1709
    • A1852
2016iPad Pro 9.7-inch
iPad Pro 9.7インチ
  • WiFi
    • A1673
  • WiFi + Cellilar
    • A1674
    • A1675
2015iPad Pro 12.9-inch
iPad Pro 12.9インチ
  • WiFi
    • A1584
  • WiFi + Cellilar
    • A1652
** End of List **

 

iPad Air

iPadOS 13 or later installed
iPadOS 13 以降がインストールされていること
Introduced
発売年
Model
モデル
Model Number
モデル番号
2020iPad Air (4th generation)
iPad Air (第4世代)
  • WiFi
    • A2316
  • WiFi + Cellilar
    • A2324
    • A2325
    • A2072
2019iPad Air (3th generation)
iPad Air (第3世代)
  • WiFi
    • A2152
  • WiFi + Cellilar
    • A2123
    • A2153
    • A2154
** End of List **

 

iPad

iPadOS 13 or later installed
iPadOS 13 以降がインストールされていること
Introduced
発売年
Model
モデル
Model Number
モデル番号
2020iPad (8th generation)
iPad (第8世代)
  • WiFi
    • A2270
  • WiFi + Cellilar
    • A2428
    • A2429
    • A2430
2019iPad (7th generation)
iPad (第7世代)
  • WiFi
    • A2197
  • WiFi + Cellilar
    • A2198
    • A2199
    • A2200
2018iPad (6th generation)
iPad (第6世代)
  • WiFi
    • A1893
  • WiFi + Cellilar
    • A1954
** End of List **

 

iPad mini

iPadOS 13 or later installed
iPadOS 13 以降がインストールされていること
発売年モデルモデル番号
2019iPad mini (5th generation)
iPad mini (第5世代)
  • WiFi
    • A2133
  • WiFi + Cellilar
    • A2124
    • A2125
    • A2126
** End of List **

 

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