New Features OS Catalina 10.15 Release
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OS 10.15. is coming to Macs during October 2019 and as usual Apple has given it a name in honour of a Californian landmark, this time Catalina. PS: Catalina is an island off the coast of California, southwest of Los Angeles - If you watched the Netflix series Love - Catalina is featured in the last episode. The new OS will bring new Music and TV apps, as well as lots of other exciting features. Despite not getting a mention during the September 2019 keynote, following the event Apple updated its product pages for macOS Catalina to confirm it will roll out in October. An exact date has not yet been announced. Apple first revealed details of the new software back at WWDC in June 2019.
Other apps getting a look in this time round include Photos, Safari, Mail, Reminders, and ScreenTime. There will also be a few fatalities, with many apps not surviving the transition to Catalina, due to Read about the apps that won't work in Catalina here. It will however be easier for develpers to port apps from iOS to the Mac in 2019, now that developers can get their hands on code that will make that possible.
As we previously covered, macOS Catalina brings a number of changes and new features:
- The new software has standalone apps for Music, TV, and Podcasts because Apple retires iTunes.
- As expected, Apple unveiled a feature called Sidecar that allows an iPad to be used as a second Mac display in a few different ways.
- “Find My” is a revamped app that combines Find My Phone and Find My Friends and will now be available on the Mac.
- A new Accessibility focused feature called Voice Control brings an even more powerful experience with rich navigation to users with verbal controls via on-device processing.
- Screen Time is also making its way from iOS to macOS to help users be more aware of the time they spend on their notebook or desktop.
- Apple’s UIKit framework is coming to the Mac now officially named Project Catalyst, formerly called Marzipan. This lets developers seamlessly port iPad apps to macOS.
Apple also announced Sidecar, its name for a procedure by which a iPad can be used as a second display, or as a graphics tablet. Users will be able to use their iPad alongside their Mac as a second screen. It will be possible to plug the iPad into the Mac, or connect it wirelessly using Bluetooth and Continuity (the range is 10 meters). It is also necessary to be logged into the same iCloud account - so you would have to be using your own iPad, you couldn't just share your Mac's screen to someone else's iPad (we imagine that's a security measure). With the iPad connected to the Mac the user will be able to add a second screen on which they can extend their Mac's Desktop, or mirror their Mac's screen.
You'll be able to use the mouse to drag windows over to the iPad display, for example. You'll also be able to use an Apple Pencil to point and click and draw, for example when using Markup tools. And it will be possible to tke advantage of the multi-touch gestures on the iPad and the new text editing gestures for that device.This may be the closest we'll be getting to a touch screen Mac. When connected to your Mac this way you will be able to use any of your Mac apps on your iPad as if it was running macOS. You won't be able to share the iPad screen on the Mac display - this only works from within macOS so it's not going to allow you to use iOS on your Mac.
When an iPad is linked to a Mac using Sidecar it will gain a Sidebar, giving access to controls and shortcuts. You'll also get a sort of Touch Bar (as seen on the MacBook Pro) along the bottom of the iPad screen. Sidecar will work with any iPad running iOS 13 alongside a Mac running macOS Catalina.
New | Updated Apps in Catalina
Apple is finally getting rid of the cluttered iTunes app and instead offering three separate entertainment focused apps that will be familiar from iOS:
When Apple put a spotlight on its plans to start streaming its own shows later this year, Apple also revealed that the TV app will arrive on the Mac this autumn. Currently it is possible to watch movies bought or rented from the iTunes Store inside the iTunes app, but there is none of the functionality found in the TV app, including the way it integrate with other streaming services. Just like the TV app on iOS you will have access to everything you are watching on the TV app on any of your Apple devices (or other devices that have the TV app) via Up Next so you will be able to carry on from where you left off.
There will also be recommendations in Watch Now based on your viewing habits and the opinions of Apple's team of editors. The TV app will also feature the Apple TV channels - so you won't need to install separate apps to watch your favourite shows. You’ll still have access to the 100,000 iTunes movies and TV shows to buy or rent but users will also gain access to all the content from Apple TV+. We don't yet know if there will be a subscription required for that content. Here's what shows are coming to Apple TV+.
If you have a recent Mac it will be a great screen to watch shows and movies on. Since 2018 new Macs have included support for 4K HDR and Dolby Atmos playback. Apple says: "4K, 4K HDR, 4K Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos, and HDR10 content is available on all Mac models introduced in 2018 or later with 4K-resolution screens" That site has shared the below image that shows a toolbar including Watch Now, Movies, TV Shows, Kids, and Library tabs, as well as a sidebar with Recently Added, Movies, TV Shows, and Downloaded, and also genres including Comedy and Kids.
Calls for iTunes to be overhauled have been ongoing. Ahead of WWDC 2016, rumours suggested that iTunes would get a complete redesign making it easier to use, but this never happened and three years later iTunes is in dire need of an overhaul. The good news is that because the Music app on the Mac will only focus on music - rather than lots of other things (including syncing, which will now be dealt with via the Finder) - it won’t be as cluttered and complicated as iTunes is currently. iTunes fans will still have access to their libraries (which no doubt go back a few years) and Apple Music subscribers will be able to listen to anything in Apple's extensive catalogue. The new look app has a cleaner design and is more colourful than iTunes currently - although who knows what it will look like when your legacy iTunes library is imported into the new app.
You may not be aware of this but there are apparently 700,000 shows in Apple’s Podcast catalogue. When the new app launches it will have various new features to make finding these shows easier. For example, there will be new categories and curated collections put together by editors around the world. There will also be a Trending section for popular shows and Top Charts. Users will also be able to search for particular content, such as a particular show, topic, guest, or host. In fact, Apple said the Podcasts app will use machine learning to index spoken content of podcasts to enhance search. Once you have found a show you like you can subscribe and be notified as soon as new episodes become available, download episodes. You'll also be able to pick up from where you left off on another device - you'll find the episode you were listing to via the Listen Now tab.
The Find My Phone app has been renamed Find My, which makes sense given that the iPhone isn’t the only device you can find with the software. There is an even greater focus on the Mac here though, with new features that make is possible to detect a device that is closed and offline, like many lost or stolen MacBooks might be. Apple explained how Find My can locate Apple devices even if they are offline by using Bluetooth to send signals which can be picked up by nearby devices. Its location can then be relayed back to you. This is all encrypted and anonymous and because it just piggy backs on tiny bits of data it won't use up battery or impinge on your data allowance. It's basically a way to crowd-source your device's location. This is just one feature aimed at making Mac's less attractive to thieves. Another new feature is Activation Lock (which will only work if your Mac has the T2 chip). Activation Lock will mean that a thief won’t even be able to boot up your Mac - only you can activate your Mac with your password. Find My also incorporates Find My Friends so you can use it to find lost devices as well as locate your mates (handy if one of them happens to have your Mac).