When macOS Catalina launches later this year, it will bring with it a new feature called Sidecar. This will allow owners of specific Macs and iPads to connect the iPad as a secondary, external display. A lot of people are excited about the feature, but it’s definitely facing some competition out of the Mac App Store, like Luna Display.
Luna Display launched in October of 2018. Since then, it has become a very popular macOS app, letting users quickly and easily connect their iPad to their Mac to serve as a secondary display. It even works over a physical connection with a cable or Wi-Fi. But now that macOS Catalina’s Sidecar is on the way, there’s been some speculation as to the fate of many of these apps, including Luna Display.
Well, Luna Display’s founders, Matt Ronge (also CEO) and Giovanni Donelli (Head of Product), have published a blog post this week that has one very simple statement to put out there into the world: Luna Display isn’t going anywhere. Despite the new competition from Apple, the co-founders say their app isn’t going to be making an exit from the market, and they will continue to update it into the foreseeable future.
They even manage to take a bit of a dig at Apple’s new Sidecar feature for good measure:
We’ve spent the last five years building innovative products like Astropad and Luna Display that cater to true creative professionals. Our team has always doubled-down on delivering deep customization and low-latency input. Why? Because that’s user-driven and that’s what we do.
If you have basic needs, Apple’s Sidecar may do the trick. But if you’re a pro, we’ve built Luna Display to fit around your creative workflow.
We know that creative pros have highly-individualized and unique ways of working productively. Whether you need to collaborate with multiple users, or take advantage of the Mac mini’s portability by setting your iPad as the main display — Luna offers the freedom and flexibility to build a connected workspace around your needs, so you can be productive anywhere.
The co-founders say they are disappointed by Apple’s decision to jump into the “connected workspace domain” and “how the tech-giant ‘sherlocks’ top-grossing apps”. Still, it sounds like Luna Display won’t be getting the axe from the Mac App Store any time soon.
If you want to try it out, Luna Display is free to download and install.
If you’ve tried out Luna Display in the past, what do you think of the app? Will you be sticking with it even after Sidecar launches later this year?