Final­ly, OS Catali­na has replaced its pre­de­ces­sor Mojave. And along with this, we have a lot of new top­ics for con­ver­sa­tion. Name­ly, the dif­fer­ences, fea­tures and inno­va­tions of the oper­at­ing sys­tem.

Let’s start with the fact that every mac user can down­load Catali­na, and it’s absolute­ly free.

Dur­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion, we already heard about what new fea­tures will appear on the axis, but now is the time to return to them and take a clos­er look.

OS Catali­na became avail­able on Octo­ber 7, after a long silence and a lengthy “Octo­ber 2019” release date on the prod­uct page.

This means that if your com­put­er can down­load Catali­na, you can do so right away. Some also pre­fer to wait for the first update to avoid the risk of data loss and new bugs that inevitably come with any new oper­at­ing sys­tem.

OS Catali­na is com­pat­i­ble with Mac­book since 2015, Mac­book Air since 2012, Mac­Book Pro since 2012, Mac mini since 2012, iMac since 2012, iMac Pro 2017 and Mac Pro 2013 and lat­er.

Source: 9to5Mac

Overview of innovations

The first thing we remem­ber from the announce­ment of the oper­at­ing sys­tem and that caused a lot of talk is the offi­cial end of iTunes. It is replaced by as many as four appli­ca­tions, each sig­nif­i­cant­ly improved com­pared to the pre­vi­ous ver­sion, the one that appeared already on iOS.

Apple Music is now respon­si­ble for the music library, bring­ing togeth­er down­loaded, pur­chased tracks, those that are streamed online and those that are trans­ferred from CDs into a com­plete col­lec­tion.

Apple TV includes more than 100,000 movies avail­able on iTunes, series, and more. That is, exact­ly the Apple TV, which was pre­vi­ous­ly only avail­able in a spe­cial set-top box, is now avail­able on a com­put­er. You can buy or rent any movie, pro­gram or series, plus all con­tent will be avail­able in 4K HDR with Dol­by Atmos audio. Through the same appli­ca­tion, Apple TV+ will also be avail­able, which will start work­ing towards the end of the year.

Apple Pod­casts gives you access to over 700,000 pod­casts with reg­u­lar episode updates and a new inter­face. Search allows you to search con­tent by issue, author, guests, or top­ics.

Apple Books, unlike iBooks, focus­es not on the usu­al book for­mats, but on audio­books. For any­one who has used iTunes, the inter­face will seem famil­iar, and the same goes for the rest of the new iTunes suc­ces­sor apps.

One main ele­ment has not dis­ap­peared any­where — this is the iTunes Store. It can now be accessed through Apple Music. There, you can still buy tracks or con­nect Apple Music.

All pre­vi­ous­ly pur­chased tracks, of course, will be trans­ferred to the new appli­ca­tion.

Syn­chro­niza­tion with oth­er devices, accord­ing to Apple, has become faster and eas­i­er. Now this is done through the Find­er, and files can sim­ply be dragged into a fold­er.

Side­car is per­haps the most inter­est­ing inno­va­tion in the sys­tem. It allows you to use any iPad on iPad OS as an addi­tion­al screen for your com­put­er or lap­top.

Source: For­tune

Design­ers can now use iPad Pro as a graph­ics tablet for Mac and work across all sup­port­ed appli­ca­tions, includ­ing Adobe Illus­tra­tor, Final Cut Pro X, iWork, and more, many of which are already avail­able.

Among the con­firmed apps that will work with the Apple Pen­cil

Adobe After Effects, Illus­tra­tor, Pre­miere Pro, Affin­i­ty Design­er, Affin­i­ty Pho­to, Cin­e­ma 4D, Corel­DRAW, DaVin­ci Resolve, Final Cut Pro and Motion, Maya, Painter, Prin­ci­ple, Sketch, Sub­stance Design­er and Painter and Zbrush.

Screen time

In iOS 12, Apple includ­ed the Screen Time app, which tracks the amount of time you spend in front of your device’s screen. It not only counts the hours and mon­i­tors your mobile habits, but also gives rec­om­men­da­tions on how to make the most rea­son­able use of the time spent. Mac OS Catali­na has also received a sim­i­lar app that not only allows you to con­trol the hours spent on the mon­i­tor, but also allows you to delay turn­ing off so you can save your progress or exit the game.

Infor­ma­tion about your per­for­mance will be avail­able not only on the Mac, but also on mobile devices. Plus, you can set parental con­trols on your com­put­er and oth­er devices.

Source: Dig­i­tal Trends

Project Catalyst and other add-ons

This project also allows you to port numer­ous iPhone and iPad apps to Mac OS. This fea­ture will give devel­op­ers the abil­i­ty to cre­ate cross-plat­form appli­ca­tions, most like­ly by sim­pli­fy­ing the cod­ing process.

Among oth­er inno­va­tions, users will appre­ci­ate the new Safari start screen, which will dis­play the most pop­u­lar tabs in accor­dance with Siri rec­om­men­da­tions.

Mail will now allow you to block mes­sages and emails, as well as pre­vent them from send­ing noti­fi­ca­tions.

Reminders have been visu­al­ly updat­ed for greater com­fort.

macOS Catali­na has received just enough changes to real­ly be con­sid­ered a worth­while upgrade. While we do not know all the bugs and errors that accom­pa­ny the new sys­tem, this does not mean that they do not exist. But in gen­er­al, you can count on fix­es and improved per­for­mance of the new sys­tem.