Back in June this year Apple had announced their new versions of iOS, iPadOS, WatchOS and macOS. While most of the other operating systems are now out and available to download, I am already running WatchOS6 and iOS13. macOS’s latest Catalina upgrade was the last one to release.
macOS Catalina is now available to download and you can check for it via Software update in System Preference.
One of the biggest features of Catalina Apple touts is the new game subscription, $4.99 per month – Apple Arcade, which is also available on iOS/iPadOS devices.
With macOS Catalina, users are able to enjoy Apple Arcade, a groundbreaking new game subscription service featuring new, exclusive games from some of the world’s most creative developers.
Apple is also bringing the all new Apple Music (similar to iOS counterpart), Podcast app, and Apple TV app that is going to support the TV+ releasing next month.
There is also a new feature called the Sidecar, that extends the macOS screen to the iPad as an external display. This is a pretty cool feature and makes iPad even more useful.
Apple wants to bring iPadOS applications to the macOS, of course, most of the new developments are happening around mobile operating systems, the same issue that has brought Microsoft’s Windows to its knees where developers did not show love to its Mobile platform and also to the UWP platform. With Catalina, Apple is making it easy to bring iPad apps to Mac, like Twitter, Tripit, Post-It, GoodNotes and others.
Screen Time is also making a debut in macOS Catalina after first releasing on iPhones with iOS12. Screen Time is a feature that gives insight to users on how they use their devices, how much time they spend on the apps. One can even set a time limit on specific apps and once they reach the time limit, the app then gives a warning to the user that he/she has crossed its specified time limit.
There are couple of other new features, you can read them here.
Overall it is a decent upgrade, evolutionary, what we have come to expect from annual upgrades of macOS.