Apple will right this moment launch macOS 10.15 Catalina, the most recent main replace to the corporate’s Mac working system. Catalina marks the top of iTunes as a fixture on Macs, with the app now damaged into separate apps for Apple Music, Podcasts, and Apple TV. Everything iTunes did ought to be accessible throughout these new, streamlined apps. Device syncing for iPhones and iPads has been moved to the Finder.
The new launch additionally introduces assist for iPad apps on macOS by what Apple calls Project Catalyst, which might kick off a wave of software program coming over from Apple’s tablets to its desktop and laptop computer computer systems.
Speaking of the iPad, Catalina additionally features a new Sidecar characteristic, which permits iPads for use as secondary shows in your Mac — each wirelessly and when plugged in. Sidecar helps the Apple Pencil, letting you’re employed within the Mac variations of apps like Photoshop whereas utilizing the stylus. You can even annotate screenshots or PDFs with the Pencil.
Other new additions embody the debut of Screen Time on macOS and stricter privateness protections: apps should now ask for permission to entry your desktop, paperwork, iCloud Drive, and exterior storage. One of my favourite small issues in Catalina is Activation Lock. Now, any Macs which have a T2 safety chip can’t be erased and reactivated with out your Apple ID password. Here’s hoping Activation Lock on Mac turns into the identical type of theft deterrent it has for the iPhone.
The macOS 10.15 Catalina replace is a free obtain, and it may be put in by clicking on the Apple icon within the higher left nook of your display, selecting system preferences, after which deciding on software program replace. If you utilize Apple’s Reminders app rather a lot, you’ll need to improve rapidly to make sure every little thing is correctly in sync between iOS 13 and Catalina.