Apples latest operating system CatalinaOS, was finally released to the public this week. This is the sixteenth operating system released and will replace macOS Mojave, released in September. Apple hope that macOS Catalina will create a more cohesive ecosystem with their other devices like the iPhone and iPad.
Here are a few reasons why you should update to MacOS Catalina as soon as possible.
1. Voice commands and Accessibility
To increase accessibility for users, Apple is introducing their voice assistant to MacOS Catalina. The new feature uses Siri speech recognition technology to transcribe spoken text and enables editing via voice command. CatalinaOS also caters for those who suffer from impaired vision. The ‘Hover Over Text Display’ feature enlarges text in a dedicated window when hovering over selected words and other elements of the user interface.
While applications like Duet Display have existed since 2014, Apple have decided to add this as a built in feature with MacOS Catalina. The sidecar feature allows users to expand their workspace by using an iPad as a secondary display. Sidecar can run on a wireless connection for greater mobility while using applications like photoshop, illustrator, and ZBrush or via a wired connection, allowing users to charge their iPads as they work.
3. Screen time
Apple first introduced screen time for phones with the release of iOS 12 in 2018. The intention of feature the was to help users track how much time they spend on their device. With the release of MacOS Catalina, Apple has expanded that feature to the Mac. By using the iCloud service, users will be able to to set app limits across all of their Apple devices. Screen time also gives parents the ability to monitor their children activities across all of their devices.
4. Apple Arcade
Windows PCs have always been the gaming platform of choice for gamers. Now, MacOS Catalina plans on changing that with the introduction of Apple Arcade. The R75 a month service provides the entire family with a library of over 100 games across all Apple devices. While the Mac series of laptops might still be a long way off the the best gaming laptops on the market, when combined with Apple TV, it makes Apple arcade a force to be reckoned with.
5. The death of iTunes
It’s official, Apple have killed off iTunes. No longer will you have to sift through a sea of podcasts, movies, and audio books when you open up the application. Now, instead of iTunes, MacOS Catalina will offer Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and Apple TV. All as their own individual applications.