Luna Display vs Apple Sidecar

We're Not for Everyone. But If You're a Pro, We've Got You Covered

It’s no surprise that Apple has decided to dabble in the connected workspace domain that we know super well. After all, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. So what does this mean for you? If you just need the basics, Apple’s Sidecar will do the job. But if you want it done well, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve dominated this space for over 5 years, and it all started with our mission to build a seamless workspace for creative professionals.

Welcome to Luna Display — the only wireless hardware that turns your iPad into a true second display for the Mac. Combining the Mac and iPad to create an immaculate, extended workflow was always a no-brainer for us. Here’s how we compare against Apple’s Sidecar, line by line:

We knew more could be done with the Mac and iPad than a simple second screen. 
That's why our team has always doubled-down on customizability and low-latency input. Why? Because that’s user-driven and that’s what we do.

Luna was built by creative pros for creative pros, so we understand that no two workflows are alike. While Apple merely scratches the surface, we've built Luna to adapt around your creative space, so you never have to compromise your unique professional workflow. 

How Apple Got It Wrong

We knew there was a better solution than relying on just software to turn an iPad into a second display. That’s why we created Luna. Beyond the software connection, we developed a bright red gadget that launches your workflow to new levels.

Luna’s hardware connection delivers all the benefits of a true second monitor experience — like reliable connection, low-latency, and nearly lossless output — but with a wireless advantage.

Other competitors limit you to stay within range of your Mac and start to falter when you move beyond 10 meters. With Luna Display and a solid WiFi connection, you are free to roam as far from your Mac as your heart desires.  


Unlike software, Luna is able to tap directly into your computer’s graphics card, much like an HDMI cord leading to your TV screen would. This allows the Mac to truly recognize your iPad as an actual second display, giving you the full range of the screen. 

Low Latency for a Faster Flow

We understand that pro users want the smoothest workflow possible, free of interruptions, lag, and glitches. To cater to this, we built our own proprietary technology called LIQUID, which sets us apart as leaders in low-latency output.

Our LIQUID platform guarantees crystal-clear image quality, reliable performance, and wireless flexibility. It also features Retina resolution, so what you see on your iPad is the same quality as your Mac. Here’s a snapshot of our LIQUID technical specs and how they benefit you:

Highly-Optimized Code for Performance

Instead of going the easy route, we built LIQUID technology. With peak performance top-of-mind, we invested in this unconventional deep-tech that’s more typical of major corporations (with steep R&D budgets). We don’t settle. We know creative pros need the best — so we built it from the ground up.

Uncompromised Image Quality

LIQUID features a progressive rendering system, so your screen resolution continually improves in real time as Luna adapts to your network conditions. This translates to crystal-clear image quality on your iPad, no matter your workflow.

Lag-Free Lightning Fast Speeds

Traditional video systems only operate at 33 milliseconds (ms). But when the average human eye can detect lags as low as 50 ms, then 33 ms doesn’t leave much of a margin for screen delays. LIQUID targets at least 16 ms, so your workflow stays fast and seamless. 

Velocity Control

Our LIQUID technology uses Velocity Control — the same tech used in auto-pilot systems — to analyze and adapt to your network conditions. Whether you’re working plugged in or wirelessly, your iPad will stay highly responsive. So you don’t have to worry about crashes when your productivity is soaring!

GPU-Accelerated Results     

Our LIQUID video technology taps into GPU acceleration. We did this to cut down latency even further, and this is unique to us (none of our competitors utilize this highly-advanced technique). We put our foot on the gas, so you can work as fast as you want.

How You Can Have Your Cake and Eat It Too

We know that creative pros have highly-individualized and unique ways of working productively. Luna offers the freedom and flexibility to build a connected workspace around your needs. Here are some ways that you can make the most of Luna's seamless connection:

1001 Ways to Use Luna Display - Luna adapts to your workflow, so you can focus on getting things done— whether you’re at the office, in the studio, or on the go.

Office Mode for Multiple Users - Collaborate with others using Office Mode to switch between multiple Luna users.

iPad as the Main Display for Mac mini - Take advantage of the Mac mini's portability by setting your iPad as the main display, so you can be productive anywhere.

“Foldable Mac Screen” Orientation - Seamlessly extend your Mac desktop to your iPad vertically to create a foldable-screen experience that’s even more brilliant, more powerful, and more magical! 

The Secret Sauce to Launch Your Productivity

Make the most of your workspace with Luna’s software companion, Astropad — our award-winning drawing program that fully integrates with Luna to provide the ultimate creative pro experience. If you’re a creative, combine Luna with Astropad to unlock a suite of rich features designed with you in mind:


Even the Press ❤ Us!

What Astro HQ has pulled off is remarkable

Luna is an invaluable accessory for expanding your workspace


Use the iPad as a touchscreen Mac

For the first time, a wireless solution had impressed us


Accomplishes the task wirelessly and with higher fidelity than its chief competitor



The possibilities with a combo like this could go on forever 


Need More Proof?

Below are just a handful of the best and brightest companies using Luna Display. Check out our Companies Using Luna page to see a full list of companies and universities using Luna, and visit our User Testimonials page to read some of the positive reviews!


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