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Technology MacOS Catalina: 5 best things about Apple's new OS for your Mac

14:15  08 october  2019
14:15  08 october  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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This year' s annual Mac update from Apple keeps things interesting with a renewed emphasis on services, an important part of the way that Apple keeps its user base loyal. The Silicon Valley bigwig user base may pale in comparison to Microsoft users globally, but Apple has always used its apps and services ecosystem to create an aura of special status. Here are the five biggest things in MacOS Catalina , along with everything else in the new Mac operating system that should make your Mac life a little better .

The Apple TV app for Mac is the new home for all your favourite films and Apple TV+.2 Watch everything directly in the app or enjoy it offline, and discover the best of what’ s on in the Watch Now tab. macOS Catalina brings all your favourite Screen Time features to Mac , giving you greater insight into how you’re spending your time. Monitor usage, schedule downtime, and set limits for both apps and websites across all your devices. And with Family Sharing, you can set app and communication limits for your kids to help them focus on the right things .

Your MacBook, iMac or -- lucky you -- beastly Mac Pro just got a big boost, because MacOS Catalina is now available from Apple. With the Mac update, Applereplaces the iTunes app with three separate apps: Apple Music , Apple Podcasts and Apple TV. The update also lets Mac users run iPad apps available through the Mac App Store, and use an iPad as a second screen, much in the way you might use a monitor.

a close up of a rock mountain: Catalina, an island and the name of the current version of MacOS. Apple© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Catalina, an island and the name of the current version of MacOS. Apple a man sitting at a table using a laptop computer© Screenshot by Clifford Colby/CNET

This year's annual Mac update from Apple keeps things interesting with a renewed emphasis on services, an important part of the way that Apple keeps its user base loyal. The Silicon Valley bigwig user base may pale in comparison to Microsoft users globally, but Apple has always used its apps and services ecosystem to create an aura of special status. The excitement of Mac owners in using Apple's new tools is key to the company retaining its reputation among app makers and fans.

MacOS Catalina will ship in October but you can get ready now

MacOS Catalina will ship in October but you can get ready now Catalina is coming from Apple in October, but you can start making preparations for the MacOS update today.

You can install macOS Catalina on any of these Mac models. This list will be updated as other compatible models become available. If you're using one of these computers with OS X Mavericks or later, you can install macOS Catalina . Your Mac also needs at least 4GB of memory and 12. 5 GB of available storage space, or up to 18. 5 GB of storage space when upgrading from OS X Yosemite or earlier.

Mac owners updating to macOs Catalina can expect a big overhaul for Apple ' s native apps and improved iPad support. The new voice-control features in Mac OS , iOS, and iPadOS will give users complete control of their device using specific vocal commands. The Photos app will have a new browsing layout that prioritizes your best pictures. SEE ALSO: Yes, Apple just killed iTunes — here's what that means for your library of music

Here are the five biggest things in MacOS Catalina , along with everything else in the new Mac operating system that should make your Mac life a little better. (And here's how to download and install Catalina.)

a screen shot of a computer: Catalina includes the new Music app. Apple© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Catalina includes the new Music app. Apple

1. iTunes replacement

For years, iTunes served as Apple's digital hub, helping you buy, manage, play and sync your digital content. But iTunes years ago started to sag under the weight of all its responsibilities and became for some more trouble than it was worth. With Catalina, Apple breaks up iTunes into three separate apps that each take on some of the burden that iTunes had carried. Taking over the music portion of iTunes,Apple Music offers a player, a store and a library for organizing all your songs, albums and playlists. Apple TV will handle all your movies and shows and manage the Apple TV channels you subscribe to. It's also where you access Apple TV Plus, the company's new streaming service. Apple Podcasts is designed to manage the podcasts you subscribe to and let you listen to episodes. And everything is synced through iCloud, so no more fussing with iTunes to keep all your devices up to date.

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The sixteenth version of Apple ’ s MacOS , MacOS Catalina 10.15 was released in early October. As a new major release of an operating system , the general rule of not upgrading in the first wave should really apply. Developers who are in need of the new tools, or those with a second Mac machine that can be used as a testbed, are going to be adept at dealing with many issues that a regular consumer is going to troubled with.

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2. iPad apps on the Mac

We caught a glimpse of the future in Mojave last year, when Apple brought four iOS apps to the Mac: News, Stocks, Voice Memos and Home. With Catalina, Apple opens the MacOS to all iPad developers through a tool called Catalyst, which will help software makers build apps that can run on both iPad and MacOS devices without a lot of extra effort. And it's good news for Mac users, who should gain access to a broader selection of apps.

3. Sidecar

And it's not just iPad apps coming to Catalina; it's the device too. With Sidecar, Mac users can extend their desktop by turning an iPad into a second screen or use it as a tablet pad with Apple Pencil .

4. Accessibility

Apple is greatly expanding the MacOS accessibility controls in Catalina. With Voice Control, you can take command of MacOS, iPadOS and iOS devices using your voice instead with a mouse, trackpad and keyboard and add custom words so Voice Control can recognize words you commonly use. The built-in assistive technology will use Siri's speech recognition engine, and all audio processing will happen on your device, keeping everything off Apple's servers to guard your privacy.

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When you upgrade to macOS Catalina , you get more of everything you love about Mac . Experience dedicated apps for music, TV, and podcasts. Smart new features in the apps you use every day. And Sidecar, which lets you use iPad as a second Mac display. Best of all, upgrading is free and easy. Mac Hardware Requirements. For details about your Mac model, click the Apple icon at the top left of your screen and choose About This Mac . These Mac models are compatible with macOS Catalina

macOS Big Sur elevates the most advanced desktop operating system in the world to a new level of power and beauty. Experience Mac to the fullest with a refined new design. Enjoy the biggest Safari update ever. Discover new features for Maps and Messages. And get even more transparency around your privacy. Instantly access the controls you use most — like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth — and new controls to play music and enable Dark Mode for your display.

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Apple previews MacOS Catalina

5. Apple Arcade

Apple's gaming subscription service offers more than 100 new and exclusive games that Apple is working with game creators to create. Apple stressed that the games will not be available on other mobile devices and will not be part of other subscription services. The service, which will work on Macs, iPhones , iPads, iPod Touches and Apple TV devices, will cost $4.99 a month for unlimited access after a one-month free trial. In Catalina, you'll find Arcade in its own tab on the Mac App Store.

Sneaky Sasquatch, one of the games you can play on Apple Arcade on your Mac and other Apple devices. Angela Lang/CNET© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Sneaky Sasquatch, one of the games you can play on Apple Arcade on your Mac and other Apple devices. Angela Lang/CNET

What else is in MacOS Catalina

Along with the major additions, Catalina brings a basket of improvements, from tighter security to improved photo editing.

  • Screen Time: To help you get a grip on the time you spend with your device, Catalina's Screen Time app can monitor and let you take control of your and your family's Mac time. Schedule downtime for anyone in your family and limit which apps you or your kids can use. With Communication Limits, you can set limits on who your kids can chat with and when, and manage your kid's contact list.
  • Security and privacy: Catalina includes an activation lock, as used on the iPhone and iPad, to ensure only you can erase and reactivate your Mac if you've lost it. An enhanced Gatekeeper -- which checks your installed apps for malware --  monitors newly installed apps for security issues.
  • Photos: The Photos app in Catalina has a new tab for browsing your photos. The app organizes your photos by day, month and year.
  • Notes: The updated Notes app has a new gallery view and offers shared folders for collaboration.
  • Reminders: The redesigned Reminders app has new edit buttons, and Siri is integrated to make suggestions.
  • Safari: Apple's web browser opens your start page more quickly, offers Siri suggestions and warns you about weak passwords.
  • Mail: With the Mail, you can more easily block senders, mute threads and unsubscribe from commercial email lists.
  • Find My: Catalina combines Find My Phone and Find My Friends into a single app. And you can locate offline devices via their Bluetooth signal.
  • Approve with Apple Watch: If you have an Apple Watch, you can use it to authenticate your Mac.
  • Apple ID info: Catalina gives you access to your Apple ID info through System Preferences.
  • QuickTime Player: Do you use QuickTime for video playback? With Catalina, you'll get Picture in Picture (PiP).
  • Home: You can securely record video to iCloud when a HomeKit-enabled camera detects activity, and view the video via the Home app.
  • International: Catalina offers expanded multilingual support.
  • iCloud Drive: For iCloud, you can share folders with a private link.
  • Restore from a snapshot: if a MacOS update disagrees with your third-party software, you can revert your system back to a snapshot of your computer you had before updated.

Originally published this summer. Updated with new information on Catalina.

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