Apple has finally released the macOS Catalina to the public. The latest operating system arrives with features like Find My, Screen Time and a new Music app. macOS Catalina has undergone extensive testing in the form of several beta builds.
You can download macOS Catalina from the App Store or simply head over to System Preferences>Update on your Mac. Meanwhile, you can check out all the new features offered by macOS Catalina.
Best macOS Catalina Features
If you own an iPad, you can now use it as an extended monitor for your Mac. Or you can mirror your Mac’s display content on the iPad. This feature has been replicated by many third-party apps for Mac and with Catalina, Apple is natively adding it to the OS. For someone on the go, Sidecar allows them to turn their iPad into a portable external monitor for their Mac.
With Sidecar, iPad Pro and Apple Pencil owners can draw on their iPads display in apps like Adobe Illustrator and iWork and the content will show up on their Mac. One issue with Sidecar is that it is only compatible with relatively newer Macs and MacBook Pro models. On the plus side, it works over a wireless connection which is a major usability boon.
2. New Music, TV, and Podcasts App
Yep, the addition of new Music, TV, and Podcasts app in macOS Catalina is one of the major highlights of the release. That’s because with these new apps, Apple is killing iTunes for Mac and these three apps are the ones that are going to replace it. All three apps have been built from the ground up and offer an experience that’s vastly superior to iTunes.
The Music app gives one access to Apple Music on their Mac including its library of over 50 million songs. The app also seamlessly carries forward your iTunes library so you won’t have to worry about losing it when you upgrade to Catalina. The new Podcasts app will provide one with access to over 700K podcasts from different genres. With podcasts gaining popularity, this is a great new addition to macOS.
3. Screen Time
With Catalina, Apple is bringing Screen Time from iOS to macOS. It is the same app and offers the same functionality as its iOS version — keep tracking the amount of time you spend inside apps, the ability to set time limits on apps, and more.
Screen Time settings are synced across all devices so any limit you apply will be applicable for your usage across all Apple devices you own. Screen Time on macOS Catalina is gaining a useful new “One more minute” feature that will give users an extra minute when their time limit expires to save their work or game.
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