Technology Catalina: the biggest changes coming to Macs with the operating system update
Apple's upcoming macOS software update shines light on Catalina Island
The island historically had poor connectivity, and residents who needed repairs had to go to the mainland for service. Now it's rare to see residents without a phone.Same for new smartphones. Speaking of phones, connectivity can be really spotty in this small city of 4,400. When it comes to exploring the other sides of the island, you can forget it. You're off the grid whether you like it or not.
On Sunday, macOS Catalina officially became available for download after being first previewed back in June.
Over the weekend, Apple released its latest macOS operating system: Catalina. By downloading the new desktop operating system for free, users will gain access to a handful of new apps, features, and tools designed to simplify and organize their digital experiences.
One of the most significant changes users will see is the absence of iTunes; the platform has been broken up into three individual apps: Music, Apple TV, and Podcasts. Music present in users' iTunes libraries will automatically be moved to their Music accounts when they update their computers.
MacOS Catalina review: Apple lets the Mac be a pro, and makes the iPad a partner
After languishing in the shadow of iPhone and iPad for over a decade, the Mac gets a new wave of features and a renewed identity.But, after more than a decade of living in the shadow of the iPhone , the Mac is having a comeback year in 2019. At WWDC in June, Apple not only unveiled the next generation of Mac software -- MacOS 10.15 Catalina -- but also announced a new Mac Pro with the kind of eye-popping specs that professionals have all-but-begged Apple to make for years. Apple paired it with a matching Pro Display XDR, with even more eye-popping specs.
Podcasts, on the other hand, brings users a dedicated place for their audio shows. According to Apple, the platform has over 700,000 shows in its catalog. Apple's TV app has been updated to give users new ways to discover and watch movies and TV shows without having to swap between platforms.
Sidecar also makes its debut with the release of Catalina. The feature allows users to use their iPad as a secondary or extended display of their computer. The tablet can be used, for example, for precision drawing while the desktop display shows an entire image.
User accessibility has been enhanced with a new Voice Control tool that allows users to "control Mac and iOS devices entirely with their voice." Screen Time, a Mac activity monitor, has been introduced, and Photos, Safari, Mail, Notes, and Reminders have also received updates which include redesigns, new tools, and new interfaces.
Catalina is available for download now on Macs introduced in mid-2012 and later.
macOS Catalina: A month with Apple's latest desktop update .
Apple has settled into a comfortablecadence for macOS upgrades. Every fall, an updated version drops with a host of new features, most of which make life easier but don't radically change the experience of using a Mac. That's not necessarily a bad thing; there's something to be said for steady iteration. At first glance, Catalina falls into that bucket. As has often been the case, some features from iOS have been ported over to the Mac, including major updates to the Photos, Notes and Reminders apps. Apple Arcade went live as part of the Mac App Store, and the Screen Time monitoring features that arrived last year in iOS are now part of the Mac experience as well.
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