macOS Catalina: Top features you should try out
October 13, 2019

Apple’s newest operating system for the Mac has arrived.

After being showcased last June during WWDC 2019, Apple has officially rolled out macOS Catalina to the public. Catalina brings various enhancements and features that aim to give you more productivity tools to your Mac.

Catalina joins the new list of naming conventions that follow famous places in California (where Apple is headquartered) for macOS that Apple started with Mavericks. Catalina came from Santa Catalina Island located just off the coast of southern California.

Some of the main features of Catalina further merge iOS and Macs, evident by the ability of some iPad apps that can now run on the operating system. This would also help developers be able to reach a new audience with their apps, something that Apple must’ve been planning or a while.

Here’s a rundown at some of our favorite features of Catalina:

Goodbye, iTunes – The iTunes is now officially. In its place are three new apps: Apple TV, Apple Music, and Apple Podcasts. Apple TV houses all your iTunes purchases and rentals and it is where you can access the new shows offered by Apple TV+, while Apple Music will house your music library and subscriptions and Apple Podcasts is where you can listen to your favorite podcasts.

Each app will have its own store tab so you can still make purchases, and you can now sync your iOS device inside the Finder tab. It’s a big change for some, but I’m sure many will be relieved considering iTunes wasn’t a favorite app by mostly everyone who ever used a Mac.

iPad apps on Mac – Catalina can now run iPad apps directly on the Mac, where you can also drag and drop any content between devices. While only a few apps are supported at the moment, developers can start updating their apps to take advantage of the new feature, something that would benefit users of the Mac and the iPad.

Sidecar – This new feature will allow you to extend your Mac’s display to an iPad. Not only can you work on the extra screen space, but you can also use the iPad to draw with an Apple Pencil and easily transfer it to your Mac. 

Apple Arcade – If you have an existing Apple Arcade subscription on your iOS device, you can also use it on your Mac running Catalina. This means that you will have access to more than 100 premium games that are updated regularly.

Stock apps – Most of the improved stock apps on iOS 13 that include Notes, Reminders and Screen Time will also be updated for Catalina.

Increased privacy – Catalina will now give you more options when approving apps that access your data, even if it’s just accessing your Downloads folder. The enhanced security also adds Activation Lock to your Mac so that even if it gets stolen and reformatted, no one will be able to access the data and only you can erase it.

macOS Catalina is now available as a free update for the following models:

MacBook – 2015 and later

MacBook Air – 2012 and later

MacBook Pro – 2012 and later

Mac mini – 2012 and later

iMac – 2012 and later

iMac Pro – 2017 and later

Mac Pro – 2013 and later

What new features of Catalina do you like the most? Let us know in the comments!

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. Passionate for all things tech - you’ll normally find him tinkering with the latest gadgets and computer peripherals. He is an avid collector of Blu-ray discs and occasionally plays on his Xbox.
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