In our latest video, together with macOS Catalina we looked at all the new features coming to the Mac later this year.
One of the most notable changes in Catalina is the abolition of the iTunes app, which since 2001
The new apps can do everything iTunes can to keep Mac users from losing functionality. Device management now takes place via the Finder app. When you plug in an iPhone or iPad, it will be displayed directly in the Finder, with the same administration and synchronization features.
The TV, Podcast, and Music apps are similar to iTunes and have similar features that should make it easier for most Mac users to transition. On Macs with a 4K display like the iMac, the new TV app supports 4K HDR playback along with Dolby Atmos sound for the first time.
macOS Catalina has a useful new sidecar feature that turns the iPad into a secondary display for the Mac. It can be used as a traditional second display or with a mirroring function. Apple Pencil support works with Sidecar, so you can turn your iPad into a drawing tablet with apps like Photoshop.
For users with an Apple Watch configured to unlock the Mac, it is now possible to approve security queries in Catalina by tapping the side button on the Watch. Macs with a T2 chip also support Activation Lock, which makes them as useless for thieves as on the iPhone.
There's a new Find My app that lets you track your lost devices. Previously, this feature was only available on iCloud on the Mac. There's even a new option that lets you find your devices even when they're offline by using Bluetooth connections to other nearby devices. This is especially useful on the Mac because there is no cellular connection.
Apple extends screen time to Catalina Mac so that Apple users can track their device usage on Mac, iOS, and iPad for a better overall picture of the time spent with electronics.
Using a "Project Catalyst" feature, apps developed for the iPad can be ported to the Mac with just a few clicks in Xcode and a few minor changes. The ultimate goal of Apple with Project Catalyst is to bring more apps to the Mac.
Photos have an updated interface that better highlights your best pictures, Safari has a new home page with Siri suggestions, Mail has a new feature to block emails, and another new option to mute threads, and the reminder -App has been redesigned and is now more useful.
In particular, macOS Catalina removes the need for 32-bit app support so some of your older apps will stop working. The operating system tells you after the upgrade which apps are no longer working.
macOS Catalina is available to developers, but should not be installed on a main computer because it is not very stable and has some bugs. Apple plans to make a beta version of Catalina available to public beta testers in July. After several months of testing to eliminate bugs and refine features, macOS Catalina will be released in the fall.