acOS Catalina’s name was inspired by the Catalina Islands that are off the coast of Southern California. macOS Catalina gives you more of everything you love about Mac. Experience music, TV, and podcasts in three all-new Mac apps. Enjoy your favorite iPad apps now on your Mac. Extend your workspace and expand your creativity with iPad and Apple Pencil. And discover smart new features in the apps you use every day. Now you can take everything you do above and beyond.
Apple has just released the first public beta of MacOS 10.15 Catalina. Here is all you need to know about the new operating system: news, features, compatibility and release date.
Whats new in macOS Catalina?
- Music, TV, and podcasts take center stage.
- iPad apps that have been brought over to the Mac
- Updated applications
- Accessibility Features: Zoom Display & Voice Control
- Increased security and Greater privacy.
The death of iTunes
macOS Catalina replaces iTunes with three all-new apps that greatly simplify and improve the way Mac users discover and enjoy their favorite music, TV shows, movies and podcasts.
- The new Music app is the ultimate music streaming experience on Mac.1 Explore a library of 50 million songs, discover new artists and tracks, find the perfect playlist, or listen to all the music you’ve collected over the years. And find it all in your music library on all your devices.
- The Apple TV app for Mac is the new home for all your favorite movies, shows, premium channels, and — coming soon — Apple TV+. Watch everything directly in the app while you discover the best of what’s on in the Watch Now tab. You can even pick up where you left off on any screen, across all your devices. And for the first time, 4K and Dolby Atmos–supported movies are available on Mac.
Listen up. Podcasts on Mac. More than 700,000 of the best entertainment, comedy, news, and sports shows are now available on your Mac with Apple Podcasts. Search for podcasts by title, topic, guest, host, and more. Subscribe and be notified as soon as new episodes become available. And in the Listen Now tab, you can easily pick up where you left off across all your devices.
- Syncing All three services — Apple TV, Apple Music, and Apple Podcasts — sync your content through the cloud across your devices. Or sync it from each of the apps if you prefer using a cable.
New and Updated applications
Macos Catalina has not only new applications to replace iTunes, but has also updated some apps we already know.
- Photos has a new immersive, dynamic look that showcases your photos and memories. See only the best shots in your library, without the duplicates and clutter. Browse your favorite photos by days, months, and years and get larger previews of all your photos. And Photos is even smarter, so it can highlight important moments like birthdays, anniversaries, and trips.
With notes it is easier to find and share. A new gallery view and more powerful search help you find your notes quicker than ever. Shared folders enable you to collaborate on entire folders of notes with another person or a group. And new checklist options let you move completed items to the bottom, quickly reorder items using drag and drop, and more.
- The Reminders app has been completely rebuilt, with an all-new design and new ways to easily create, organize, and keep track of reminders. Add attachments to reminders, create or change reminders with the quick edit buttons, and let Siri suggest new ones found in Messages. Smart lists automatically organize and display your upcoming reminders. And if you tag someone in a reminder, you’ll be notified the next time you’re chatting in Messages.
- macOS Catalina brings all your favorite Screen Time features to Mac, giving you greater insight into how you’re spending your time. Monitor usage, schedule downtime, and set limits for both apps and websites across all your devices. And with Family Sharing, you can set app and communication limits for your kids to help them focus on the right things.
- With Sidecar, iPad can be used as an extended display for Mac and a high-precision drawing tablet across supported Mac apps. When paired with an Apple Pencil, they can use their iPad to draw, sketch or write in any Mac app that supports stylus input. Sidecar is a great tool for editing video with Final Cut Pro X, drawing with Adobe Illustrator or marking up iWork documents.
Other updated apps
Apple in Catalina has updated, as always, many of the historical apps. Even if the changes are not radical we find interesting functional and interface advances in
- Mail directly posts messages from specific addresses or silences specific threads
- Safari has a new start page with suggestions from Siri based on the search experience. When you enter a Safari address, if already present, send it to a tab that refers to the same address.
Increased security and Greater privacy.
With macOS Catalina, there are enhanced security features to better protect macOS against tampering, help ensure that the apps you use are safe, and give you greater control over access to your data. And it’s even easier to find your Mac if it’s lost or stolen.
- Hardware. The Apple T2 Security Chip keeps your Mac secure by ensuring that you’re running trusted software and automatically encrypting your stored data. It also provides secure authentication for Touch ID and secure payments for Apple Pay. And macOS Catalina features Activation Lock, so only you can erase and reactivate your Mac.
- Dedicated system volume. macOS Catalina runs in its own read-only volume, so it’s separate from all other data on your Mac, and nothing can accidentally overwrite your system files. And Gatekeeper ensures that new apps you install have been checked for known security issues before you run them, so you’re always using good software.
- Data. Apps must now get your permission before directly accessing files in your Documents and Desktop folders, iCloud Drive, and external volumes, so you’re always in control of your data. And you’ll be prompted before any app can capture keyboard activity or a photo or video of your screen.
The new Find My app combines Find My iPhone and Find My Friends into a single, easy-to-use app on Mac, iPadOS, and iOS devices. Find My can help you locate a missing Mac — even if it’s offline and sleeping — by sending out Bluetooth signals that can be detected by Apple devices in use nearby.
macOS Catalina includes new features to help everyone get the most out of Mac. Voice Control lets users who don’t use traditional input devices control Mac, iPadOS, and iOS devices entirely with their voice. New tools for users with low vision allow them to zoom a second display or view high-resolution text for items below a cursor.
- Voice Control Easily navigate your Mac using just your voice. Improved dictation and richer text editing features make writing more efficient, while comprehensive commands let you open and interact with apps. Navigate an app with numbered labels next to clickable items, or by superimposing a grid to precisely select, zoom, and drag.
Zoom your second display If you have two screens, you can keep one screen zoomed in close while the other remains at a standard resolution. It’s great for everyday work and giving a presentation.
- Hover Text makes it easier to view text on your Mac display. Just hover over any text with your cursor and press Control. You’ll get a dedicated window with large, high-resolution text. You can even choose the fonts and colors.
- Say “show numbers” to see numbers appear next to all clickable items onscreen. Use this to quickly navigate complex or unfamiliar apps. Numbers automatically appear in menus and whenever you need to disambiguate between items with the same name. Just say a number to click it.
macOS Catalina compatible Macs?
macOS Catalina will be available this fall as a free software update for Macs introduced in mid-2012 or later. macOS Catalina will be available in the the following Macs :
- MacBook 2015 and following
- iMac 2012 and following
- MacBook Air 2012 and following
- iMac Pro 2017 and later (all models)
- MacBook Pro 2012 and following
- Mac Pro 2013 and following
- Mac mini 2012 and following
Some features (eg playback of 4K, 4K HDR, 4K Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos and HDR10) require newer Macs. Dolby Atmos is available on notebooks presented from 2018 onwards. The requirements in terms of RAM are not known at the moment but it is reasonable to assume that the system should work even with only 4GB of RAM but it is much better – if possible – to expand the RAM to 8GB or 16GB.