Users of iOS 13, macOS Catalina and iPadOS 13 found on their devices an unexpected interesting feature called Continuity Sketch. It greatly extends the drawing capabilities of Mac documents with iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. And the tool is an ordinary human finger or Apple Pencil.
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Under the Continuity function, Apple refers to a whole set of technologies (a detailed overview) that enable devices located near devices to communicate better with each other. Continuity allows, when changing one Apple device, to continue working on another, from the place where the work was interrupted. For example, this feature allows you to receive calls on a Mac if the iPhone just lies nearby.
This technology also performs well for other system functions. Continuity and unexpected applications are also found. For example, on iOS 13 and iPad OS, you can draw on Mac apps using finger movements or the Apple Pencil on your iPad or iPhone. And even the force of pressure can be taken into account. This feature allows you to turn your tablet or phone into a professional graphics station, an attribute of a Mac computer.
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Which iPhone, iPad, and Mac does Continuity Sketch run on?
Continuity Sketch will require new Apple operating systems for its work: iOS 13, iPadOS and macOS Catalina and later. Not all devices support the function, but only those listed below:
iPhone and iPod touch
- iPhone 6s or newer;
- iPhone SE
- iPod touch (7th generation) or newer.
- iPad Pro (all models);
- 5th generation iPad or newer;
- iPad Air 2 or newer;
- iPad mini 4 or newer.
- MacBook 2015 or later;
- MacBook Air 2012 or later;
- MacBook Pro 2012 or later;
- Mac mini 2012 or later
- iMac 2012 or later;
- iMac Pro (all models);
- Mac Pro 2013 or later.
At the same time, both on a Mac computer and on a phone or tablet, the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless interfaces must be active. Logging into iCloud on devices must be done with the same Apple ID login, using two-factor authentication.
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How to draw on Mac using an iOS or (iPadOS) device as a graphics tablet
Follow the steps below to create a new thumbnail on your iPhone or iPad and then paste it into a working document on Mac.
1. On a Mac, open the document where you want to paste the drawing (sketch). Continuity Sketch can be found in almost any standard Apple application: Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Mail, Messages, Notes and TextEdit, as well as in many third-party programs.
2. Ask the device for iOS (iPad) picture itself. To do this, select “File” or insert, and then Paste from iPhone → Add Sketch. There is another way: inside the document itself, right-click and select the item in the context menu Add sketch.
Menu selection “File” or “Insert” depends on the specific application. For example, in Apple programs such as Pages or Keynote, you must select the menu “Insert”, but not “File”.
3. On the selected iPhone or iPad, even if it is locked, a tool window will appear Markup. Choose a suitable brush and create a sketch.
4. That’s it! Now you are ready to create your own drawings. In addition, it is possible to take advantage of drawing with pressure on the surface, which will allow you to create a more natural sketch due to the line width and style, which respond to the force of pressing the tool.
5. If you are satisfied with the results, click Done and finish the sketch. It will wirelessly go to the computer and will automatically be placed in an open document.
In this way, a vector drawing is created on the iPad using a pressure sensitive Apple Pencil stylus. As mentioned earlier, the sketch is automatically inserted into the necessary place in the document without the need to take additional actions or launch any other applications or make settings.