Apple Seeds Fourth Beta of macOS Catalina

macOS Catalina Apple Music

Apple today released the fourth developer beta of macOS Catalina. Surprisingly, the company has not released new beta builds of iOS 13 and watchOS 6 to go along with it.

The fourth beta of macOS Catalina focuses on bug fixes and stability improvements. As of now, no major changes or improvements have been reported in this beta 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. A new public beta of macOS Catalina should also be released for public testers later this week.

macOS Catalina Features

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 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.

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 improved user experience is important as Apple focuses more on its services business and the impending launch of Apple TV+.

Sidecar

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.

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