How to block your Mac from extending its mouse pointer and keyboard to your iPad or other Mac

Using Mac's mouse on iPad

You can use your Mac's keyboard, mouse, and trackpad wirelessly with your other Mac desktop, MacBook, or iPad. However, if you own multiple Apple devices, you may have experienced the frustration of accidentally moving your mouse pointer or typing on the wrong device. In this article, we'll show you how to prevent your Mac from extending its mouse pointer and keyboard to other nearby devices.

How to use your iPad as a secondary display or mirror display for Mac

Sidecar on Mac and iPad

Thanks to Apple's Sidecar Continuity feature, you can use your iPad as a secondary display for your Mac desktop or MacBook. Besides that, you can also share or mirror your Mac's screen to iPad.

In this tutorial, we'll show you how to extend or mirror your Mac's display to your iPad wirelessly or with a USB cable. And all this will happen without using any third-party app!

Catalina’s Screen Time problems show an Apple stretched too thin

Screen Time is coming to macOS Catalina

macOS Catalina introduces new features and functionality for the Mac. Among them is Screen Time, the tool that enables users to see what apps and services they're spending time using. Screen Time follows the convention of features that make their debut on iOS later migrating to the Mac. Unfortunately, Screen Time's Mac implementation leaves something to be desired.

Screen Time's intent is to make you more aware of where you're spending your time – reading news, surfing the web, using social media apps, playing games. Just as important, Screen Time can provide essential details for parents concerned about their kids' device usage. The app also provides parents with lock-out and limitings features to help reign in their kids' use.

Here’s how HomePod will handle phone calls

One of the tidbits about HomePod that can be gleaned easily from Apple's refreshed website and today's press release announcing the device's February 9 availability is the fact that the Siri-driven smart speaker won't take phone calls at launch.

How to add Continuity features to older Macs

Most of our readers will be familiar by now with Apple's Continuity suite, a slew of features which were introduced with iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. These features include Instant Hotspot, a new AirDrop, SMS/Phone calls from Mac, and Handoff. With macOS Sierra and iOS 10, they added Auto Unlock and Universal Clipboard to the group.

The catch is of course that making use of these features requires certain hardware. Therefore, Macs from before about 2010/11 appear not to support some or all of the new functionality. However, it turns out there is a way to enable Continuity on your older hardware. In this guide we'll go through how to do it.