Apple Pencils can’t draw directly on a Mac, but Continuity gives you two ways to wirelessly connect an iPad and use the stylus with Mac apps.
The Apple Pencil can’t be used directly with Mac computers because their screens don’t have the touch support it needs. However, you can use Apple’s stylus to paint or draw on an iPad and then copy the work to a Mac. Use one of Apple’s “Continuity” features to share Mac’s screen wirelessly with an iPad. Quick sketches made on an iPad with an Apple Pencil can also be added to Mac apps that accept images right away.
Many production studios in Hollywood use Mac computers to make movies, and artists all over the world use them to make graphic art and digital paintings. The stylus and graphics pad were made to make computer art easier to use long before the iPad or any other modern computer tablet. A mouse is great for selecting text and precisely aligning objects and images when combining layers, but a pencil is the best tool for making freeform art. There are still graphics pads for the Mac computer, but the ones with screens often cost more than an iPad, which makes it hard to justify the cost for such a specialized tool.
There are two ways to use an Apple Pencil with a Mac, and both of them need an iPad. If you want to add a quick drawing to a document, it might be easiest to use Continuity Sketch, a feature that lets you draw on the iPad with a finger or an Apple Pencil. If you right-click on a Mac document and choose “Insert Sketch,” a blank canvas will open on the chosen iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch, along with the familiar Markup tools. The sketch can be made with a pen, marker, pencil, eraser, and ruler. When an Apple Pencil is used, it is sensitive to pressure and tilt. When you tap “done,” the drawing closes and the picture is added to the Mac document without having to save and send. This is a quick and easy way to do it. With another Continuity feature called “Sidecar,” a Mac paint app or graphics design app can be used for more advanced drawing.
How To Use Apple’s Sidecar
If a Mac owner also has an Apple Pencil and an iPad, Apple makes it easy and quick for them to use a high-quality graphics tablet. This feature, called Sidecar, works with any iPad that is compatible with the Apple Pencil, from the cheapest 10.2-inch iPad to the largest 12.9-inch iPad Pro with XDR display. Full information about pressure sensitivity and tilt is sent to the Mac, and screen updates appear on the iPad without any delay. Since there are no cables to connect, the iPad can be put wherever it’s easiest to draw as long as it’s within Bluetooth range. This means that an artist can take their iPad to a couch on the other side of the room and keep painting or drawing. This gives them the kind of freedom that lets their creativity flow.
One of the most notable aspects of Sidecar is its ability to accept finger and Apple Pencil input. System Preferences is used to select from any iPad that is signed in with the same Apple ID as the Mac during the setup process. Once enabled, the macOS menu bar includes choices for using the iPad as a screen mirror or an extended desktop for the Mac. A specialized graphics pad can be replaced to a large extent by an Apple Pencil and iPad thanks to Sidecar and Continuity Sketch, giving users even another reason to acquire several Apple devices. Read More; How to get Apple Music on your Amazon Echo
With Universal Control, the experience is much greater. Similar to Sidecar, which was unveiled in June of that year, Universal Control lets Macs and iPads communicate with one another. Universal Control, on the other hand, allows an iPad to run its own operating system while syncing flawlessly with a tethered Mac. As a result, the Apple Pencil may be used on an iPad to sketch exactly as one would typically do. As soon as a user is done with their drawing on the iPad, they may drag it to their Mac by clicking on it with their Mac’s mouse pointer and holding it there. The iPad and Mac work together as they’ve always been able to, with no hiccups in sight. Mac OS X Monterey and iPad OS 15 now support Universal Control, a powerful new tool for creative professionals who want to get the most out of their Apple Pencil and Mac.
Future Macs Could Feature Apple Pencil Support
Although now utilizing an Apple Pencil with a Mac requires using an iPad as well, this could change in the future. A Patently discovery involving an Apple patent Apple envisions a Mac with support for the Apple Pencil in the future. The Apple Pencil is shown in the patent photos resting in a retainer just above the keyboard. Although the Apple Pencil may be removed and used as an input device, perhaps for activities like sketching and taking notes, its retainer is where the noteworthy enhancements are found. Read Also; Apple Wants You To Pay For Gas From Using CarPlay Screen
The patent demonstrates how the Touch Bar can be replaced by the Apple Pencil when it is docked. Users will be able to rotate it when docked, just like a mouse scroll wheel, to perform operations like scrolling and zooming. Even more intriguingly, the top F-key row can be replaced by the Apple Pencil, with the keys glowing on the body. A haptic feedback feature is also included in the patent, so tapping the F key on the Apple Pencil would be similar to pressing a key on a keyboard. The retainer is also depicted in other patent illustrations as being placed at the bottom or sides of the MacBook’s chassis, with a final option showing it magnetically fastening to the side, much like an iPad can do. Even while Apple hasn’t yet made any hints about a touchscreen MacBook, the Apple Pencil can offer a number of features that might make this a possibility in the future.