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.
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.
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.
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.