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What to Know About macOS Catalina

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Apple introduced the new operating system that will run on the Mac at the Worldwide Developers Conference earlier this month. The new system will be called macOS Catalina after the Catalina Islands that are located off the coast of Southern California. There are many new features coming to this new system; many similar to the features on iOS 13. 



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As mentioned before, iTunes will be coming to an end as Apple splits its features into three apps: Music, Podcasts, and TV which will be released in the fall. The apps will function the same as it did in iTunes, they will just be separated by feature. The music app will be home to your music library as well as the iTunes Music Store and Apple Music content. The Apple TV app will offer access to new original movies and TV shows. This new app will support 4K HDR Content on 2018 Macs and later along with Dolby Atmos. The Podcasts app will be home to your full podcasts library. Catalina will still allow you to manage your devices through Finder in place of the prior functioning in the iTunes app.


With just a click of a button, you will be able to turn your iPad into a display for your Mac with the new Sidecar feature. The Apple Pencil will support work with the iPad with Sidecar so you will be able to turn your iPad into a drawing tablet in Photoshop and apps similar to that. You will have the option to either extend your display or mirror it so that the screens display the same content. 


Users will now be able to track their device usage on all of their devices through Screen Time. In the past, this feature was only available for iPhones and iPads, but it is now available for all devices giving you a better idea of how your time is spent. 


The new operating system will only support 64-bit apps. When you install the update, you will get a warning that your 32-bit apps will no longer work. This means that older apps that have not been updated for awhile will not run at all. The Dashboard feature on Macs has also been disabled indefinitely and will not appear in Catalina.


There are many more new features coming to macOS Catalina that are also featured in iOS 13. It will be available for download this fall. 

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