Apple has given a preview of macOS Catalina, the new operating system for desktops. One of the most important innovations is Sidecar, which means that an iPad can be used as a second screen. ITunes also disappears. The beta of the new macOS version will be released on Monday.
Sidecar is a new feature that allows users to extend their desktop of, for example, their MacBook Pro with the iPad as a second screen, Apple writes. This means that the Apple Pencil and the iPad can also be used as a drawing tool for certain Mac apps that support this. Apps such as iWork, Final Cut Pro X and Adobe Illustrator support Sidecar.
Another important change is the disappearance of iTunes. The replacement comes in the form of three new apps that, according to Apple, make it much easier for users to watch or listen to music, TV shows, movies, and podcasts. The three apps are the new Music app, the new Apple TV app and the Apple Podcasts app.
Furthermore, macOS Catalina introduces a new way to fully operate a Mac with voice commands, which is primarily aimed at users with a physical disability who, for example, are unable to handle a mouse. Through Siri they can control the computer with their own voice and the voice control is now also available in iOS and iPadOS .
With regard to security, Gatekeeper checks for all apps whether there are any known security issues and all apps must now request permission to gain access to the user documents. With the ‘Approve with Apple Watch’ function, many security questions can be answered via the Apple smartwatch. In addition, the new Find My app informs the owner of the location of a stolen or lost Mac anonymously via another Apple device, even though the stolen Mac is disabled.
MacOS Catalina, or version 10.15, also adds the Screen Time feature. This gives users insight into the time they spend using websites and apps. Limits can be set to limit the use of certain apps. If a certain maximum screen time is set, it can be synchronized via iCloud, so that the duration of use on iPhone, iPad and Mac is added together.