Apple has released the fifth beta of macOS Catalina for developers. The fifth beta of macOS Catalina focusses on bug fixes and stability improvements. As of now no major changes or new features are reported on the new build.
If you are already running macOS Catalina developer beta on your Mac, you will grab the latest beta by going to System Preferences -> Software Update. The macOS Catalina Public launch is expected to happen by the end of September.
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 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 of the amount of time you spend inside apps, 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.
Improved Photos App
The Photos app is again getting a massive upgrade as a part of macOS Catalina. It now features a dynamic look that shows your photos and memories. It is now also smart enough to automatically hide duplicate photos, only surface interesting photos, and more. Other changes include the ability to browse photos by days, months, and years, with the app automatically highlighting important events like birthdays, trips, and more. Click here to check out all the new macOS Catalina features.