Apple unveils macOS Catalina
Apple has also announced the upcoming macOS Catalina, the next generation of Apple’s desktop operating system. It comes with new features, a better experience for developers and fresh new apps.
The most obvious change is the end of iTunes. The company is replacing iTunes with other entertainment apps Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and the Apple TV app. Apple Music on Mac is fast and easy to use. It will help users get access to over 50 million songs, playlists and music videos.
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Apple TV app brings a new way to find and watch movies and TV shows. Apple TV brings TV channels, personalized recommendations, and over 100,000 iTunes movies and TV shows. It brings 4K HDR and Dolby Atmos-supported movies to your laptop. Apple TV+ will also be available in the Apple TV app.
Apple Podcasts app offers more than 700,000 shows and you will be notified of new episodes as soon as they become available.
With Sidecar, You will be able to extend Mac desktop by using iPad as a second display. You can also use iPad to draw, sketch or write in any Mac app that supports stylus input. It will be helpful for editing video with Final Cut Pro X and drawing with Adobe Illustrator.
Apple is also introducing new assistive technologies in macOS Catalina to help users get most out of it. It enables users to control Mac entirely with voice using on-device Siri speech recognition technology. It ensures personal data is kept private.
MacOS Catalina gets a new tool Gatekeeper that checks all apps for known security issues.
Screen Time option on Mac will give users an insight into how they spend time on different apps and websites. Users can also schedule time away from their Mac and determine how much they want to spend within apps, websites or categories of apps. Users can also sync Screen Time settings and combine usage across iPhone, iPad, and Mac privately through end-to-end encryption.
Apple is also bringing new APIs and tools for developers that make it incredibly easy to use iPad apps on Mac. Apple has confirmed that Jira Cloud, Twitter and Asphalt 9 will be few of those apps that are coming to Mac.
Photos app now has an improved browsing feature and some AI enhancements. Safari has an updated start page and uses Siri Suggestions to elevate frequently visited sites, bookmarks, iCloud tabs and more. Mail app in MacOS Catalina gets an ability to block email from a specified sender or mute it. Notes app now has a brand new Gallery View.
The developer preview of macOS Catalina is now available and the public beta program will be available to Mac users next month. It will be available as a free software update for Macs introduced in mid-2012 or later.