Instead of the iTunes application, Apple has chose to curate three separate apps - Apple Music, Apple Podcasts, and Apple TV. With Project Catalyst, developers will be able to port iPad apps to Mac by simply clicking a tickbox, with Xcode introducing MacOS-specific controls, like cursor and window controls into an iPad app's framework. In the case of devices like laptops, which aren't connected to a cellular network, Apple detects its location using encrypted Bluetooth data from other Apple devices passing by.
Voice control, similar to on iOS, is an accessibility feature. It uses the latest version of Siri speech recognition technology to transcribe spoken text and enable editing text via voice.
Fire up the Mac App Store in macOS Catalina and you'll notice a new Arcade tab on the left - click this to access the Mac games that are part of Apple Arcade, and to start your month's free trial, if you haven't done so already.
Speaking of games, the update also allows Catalina beta users to play Apple Arcade games for the first time. Netflix, for example, says that it will not bring its iPad app to the Mac.
The most common question I'm hearing today is, "How long does the macOS Catalina update take to finish?", and while it varies based on a variety of factors, we can help you with a good ballpark of how long you can expect the update to take.
All of those additions and more should be available to Mac users by the end of the day. But don't worry, you can still sync your iPhone or iPad with your Mac - that's done with the Finder app now.
The Music app gives one access to Apple Music on their Mac including its library of over 50 million songs. Apple has advised creative pros reliant on this feature of iTunes not to upgrade their operating systems. They should know what that means, even if you don't.
Photos features a attractive new browsing experience that intelligently showcases the user's best pictures.
The new Mail app in macOS Catalina adds the ability to block email from a specified sender, mute an overly active thread, and unsubscribe from commercial mailing lists.