Apple has released macOS Catalina 10.15.1 third developer beta. As expected the third developer beta of macOS Catalina focusses on bug fixes and stability improvements. Furthermore, it also comes with new emoji and Siri privacy settings.
The Siri Privacy settings now include a screen that asks your permission to improve Siri by allowing Apple to store and review audio. Last week, Apple had released the second macOS 10.15.1 Beta build. Typically public beta builds are released via the Apple Beta Software Program.
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 was launched earlier this month.
macOS Catalina Features
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.
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.
Standalone Music, TV, and Podcasts App
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. Click here to check out all the new macOS Catalina features.