Today, users became available a new version of Apple’s desktop operating system. In a nutshell, the macOS Catalina brought with them not so many changes. However, a number of features and surprises in the system.

Problems and negative features

It is worth to mention about some of the innovations that can be noted with “-“.

1. The lack of support for 32-bit applications

Last summer cupertinos warned that macOS 10.15 stop supporting 32-bit applications. The developers had almost half a year to update their programs. However, it did not all. In addition, the developers and some utilities have already stopped supporting their apps. For this reason, users now have to look for analogues.

2. The lack of support for XML files

In the past some users organize their music library via XML, and then used the option “sharing iTunes library XML with other applications” to sync iTunes with other programs. This files most often so did the DJs.

However, when the iTumes and appearance in macOS 10.15 Music app this option is gone. Now Apple advises users who have important XML support, to postpone the update.

3. More minor problems

At the moment it is difficult to form a complete list of the problems that exist in the final version of macOS Catalina. Judging by the first reviews, now there are some bugs in a number of pre-installed and third-party applications. However, such reports are not very many.

Major changes
1. iTunes gone

In the new version of macOS, Apple decided to split iTunes into multiple apps, the first of which was a utility “Music.” It contains everything related to music: music streaming service Apple iTunes Music Store and the library users.

“Podcasts” — have become the second utility, which “broke away” from iTunes. It is, as the name implies, is entirely devoted to a variety of podcasts. In application, users will have to wait for collection podkastov from Apple employees as well as new editions of already familiar shows and recommendations.

Apple TV is the third separate part of mediacompany Apple. The interface of this utility is reminiscent of the same application for other platforms. The app has recommendations of TV shows and movies, as well as a Library tab that contains all purchased content.

As for the sync features of the iPhone and iPad with the computer it is stored. However, in macOS 10.15 she moved in the Finder. The app now has a special tab to sync with a mobile device, where you can update the firmware or restore the gadget from a backup.

2. the iPad as an additional screen

This year kupertinovtsy added a feature called Sidecar that allows you to extend the working space of the computer screen on the tablet screen. Simply put, the owners of Apple computers have been able to use the iPad as an external monitor.

Overall comfortable enough. But it has some limitations. In particular, the function of the Sidecar is not supported by all models of the iPad and Mac.

Supported iPad includes:

  • iPad (6th generation)
  • iPad (7th generation)
  • iPad mini 5
  • iPad Air (3rd generation)
  • iPad Pro (all generations)

Among the Mac function support Sidecar:

  • iMac (late 2015) or newer
  • MacBook Pro (2016) or later
  • Mac Mini (2018)
  • Mac Pro (2019)
  • MacBook Air (2018) renovee
  • MacBook (early 2016) or later
  • iMac Pro (2017) or later

It is also worth noting that Sidecar allows you to use your iPad not only as a second screen but also as a graphic tablet. This is a list of apps that support the new function is not very large. Basically it includes different graphic editors and applications to work with 3D objects.

3. Project Catalyst

Project Catalyst can be recorded in the option, which in the first stage, more interesting to developers. This technology will allow you to transfer application from iPad to Mac. Through Project Catalyst, developers can quickly add to your apps for iOS support mouse and keyboard, full menu, etc.

The technology is cupertinos demonstrated on “Podcasts”, “Music”, and Apple TV – all of them were ported from mobile devices.

4. Locator

As in the case of iOS, the new Apple desktop operating system appeared utility Locator. It allows you to find the stolen device, even if it is in sleep mode and not connected to the Internet. For this “locator” is a so-called “collective search” the lost device sends the encrypted Bluetooth signals on Apple devices nearby, and they, in turn, sent to iCloud location data lost, gadget to its owner.

In addition, “the locator” there is an option called “activation Lock”. It allows you to unlock the stolen device-or wipe it after you enter the user’s password. However, to use the “activation Lock” only on a Mac with the chip T2.

Small changes
1. Changes in the staffing applications

Apple has once again made a number of changes to its proprietary application. So, Safari has a new updated start page and built-in password generator.

In the Photos app, Apple has added the tab “Photos”. It helps to structure all the available images to memory. In addition, the Pictures learned to hide the duplicates and screenshots.

In Mail app there is an automatic blocking incoming mail from specific senders. When you receive emails with such addresses, they will be immediately forwarded to the trash.

Hardest changed the Reminders app. It was redesigned almost completely. Changed the structure of the utility. Now it consists of four sections: “Today”, “Scheduled”, “All” and “check box”. Reminders are grouped into lists with customizable colors and icons, and if necessary, you can add subtasks, and attachments.

2. Screen time

In last year’s “Screen time” appeared on iOS, and this year kupertinovtsy decided to move this option to the desktops. Possible applications on macOS are approximately the same as the mobile version. The tool is designed for maintaining usage statistics of the device.

In addition to tracking time spent in each application, “Screen time” also allows you to block some programs and enable parental controls.

Settings “Screen time” on macOS, you can import with the iPhone and iPad, so no need to reconfigure.

3. Apple Arcade

Apple Arcade is the new Apple multi-platform gaming service that gives users access to a rather large library of games. The service is available on iPad, iPhone, Mac and Apple TV. In Russia, the monthly subscription is only 200 rubles.

At the moment Apple Arcade available about six dozen different games. And among them there are some really interesting projects. In games there is no advertising, no in – app purchases- which is an advantage.

In the future, Apple promises to constantly replenish the library of available games. However, while in the Apple Arcade available in a variety of mostly arcade. On macOS I would like to see more “serious” projects.


Overall, the new Apple desktop platform is quite good. On the one hand she brings some major changes. But release enough innovations to macOS 10.15 can be considered complete update.

English review

For partial days that have passed since the release of the final version of macOS Catalina, users have not found any critical bugs. So to install the update without fear. However, it is worth considering that macOS 10.15 does not support 32-bit applications and XML files.


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