MacOS Catalina is Now Available to Download

Ruben Fields
October 11, 2019

I couldn't find Assemble with Care, still my favorite offering in Arcade, on the Catalina Arcade store.

Apple has released the macOS Catalina and it is now available across the globe. Subscribers to the service have access to the entire music library. "And because they are built from their iOS versions, they provide a seamless experience across your devices", said Apple. There's also a new "Find My" app tool that combines Find My Friends and Find My iPhone and will disable your laptop if it gets stolen. Apple should be consistent in what features it offers, it should provide clear and accurate information to developers and users, and it should ensure the very least that its own store is in order. Music, Podcasts, and TV have been split into three desktop apps because the old iTunes app was overburdened and awful to use.

Beyond that, iTunes is finally dead.

Apple's gaming subscription service, Apple Arcade, is now also making it to Macs. In 2015, Apple launched the streaming service Apple Music.

Sidecar allows users to expand their Mac workspace by using an iPad a secondary display.

However, developers are finding it takes more than a simple click of a mouse to make their iPad apps truly resemble native Mac apps. It works even when the device is not connected to Wifi or Cellular connection. It turns out, however, that your fingertips can't interact with macOS on the iPad, as they can only tap and activate the Touch Bar-like buttons on the sides of the screen. "If they have a MacBook Pro, they may now more seriously look at an iPad, and if they have an iPad, they may be looking at a MacBook Pro". Apple's Safari will now also warn you if the password you are putting is too weak or not.

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Catalina has some accessibility features that may be useful to folks both with and without disabilities. Apple Podcasts contain over 7000,000 shows for you to access. The new major release is available with a number of new apps and feature improvements. "It's the result of years of R&D work". With Project Catalyst, developers will be able to port iPad apps to Mac by simply checking a box, with Xcode introducing macOS-specific controls like cursor and window controls into an iPad app's framework.

Apple is formally phasing out iTunes within the company's most up-to-date Mac machine update.

Catalyst raises the question of whether macOS and iOS will converge into a single AppleOS operating system in the future.

Similarly, communication limits for Screen Time appears to share the same footnote on the macOS Catalina page, suggesting it could also be delayed until next spring, however it's also possible that this is just an oversight on Apple's part. The shared folder feature would've let users share an entire folder with files included with others, allowing them to view all the contents inside.

The exact macOS Catalina installation time will vary from users to user due to download speeds, and demand for the update.

Older Droplets Don't Work: Older versions of Photoshop create 32-bit droplets, which are not compatible with macOS Catalina.

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