Back in June at the World Wide Developer Conference 2019, Apple had announced the latest macOS Catalina developer preview with new features, fresh new apps, and powerful new technology for developers. Now, Apple has started rolling out the latest version of its desktop operating system as a free software update.
With macOS Catalina, users will be able to access Apple Arcade, a new game subscription service featuring new, exclusive games from some of the world’s most creative developers. A new feature called Sidecar extends Mac desktops with iPad as a second display, or tablet input device using Apple Pencil with Mac apps. With Mac Catalyst in Catalina, it is easy for third-party developers to bring iPad apps to Mac, users will begin to see their favorite iPad apps in Mac versions, including Twitter, TripIt, Post-It, GoodNotes, and Jira, with more to come. And for the first time, Screen Time comes to Mac, giving users insight into how they spend time in apps and on websites, and the ability to decide how to spend their time.
macOS Catalina replaces iTunes with three new apps that simplify and improve the way Mac users discover and enjoy their favorite music, TV shows, movies, and podcasts. The new Music app for Mac is fast, fun and easy to use. Apple Music will help users discover great new music with over 50 million songs, playlists, and music videos. And users will have access to their entire music library, whether they downloaded the songs, purchased them or ripped them from a CD. For those who like to own their music, the iTunes Music Store is just a click away.
With macOS Catalina, Gatekeeper now checks all apps for known security issues, while new data protections require all apps to get permission before accessing user documents. Approve with Apple Watch lets users approve many security prompts by simply tapping the side button on their Apple Watch. All Macs with the T2 Security Chip support Activation Lock to make them less attractive to thieves. And with the new Find My app, the location of a lost or stolen Mac can be securely and anonymously relayed back to its owner by other Apple devices, even when it is offline.
- Photos feature a new browsing experience that intelligently showcases the user’s best pictures.
- Safari has an updated start page that uses Siri Suggestions to elevate frequently visited sites, bookmarks, iCloud tabs, Reading List selections and links sent in Messages.
- Mail in macOS Catalina adds the ability to block email from a specified sender, mute an overly active thread and unsubscribe from commercial mailing lists.
- Notes now has a new Gallery View, more powerful search tools and additional collaboration options.
- Reminders has been redesigned with an all-new user interface that makes it easier to create, organize and track reminders.