Apple Previews macOS Catalina

Packed with All-New Features and Apps, plus Sidecar Expands Mac
Workspace with iPad

SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Apple® today previewed macOS®
, the latest version of the world’s most advanced desktop
operating system, packed with cool new features, fresh new apps and
powerful new technology for developers. With macOS Catalina, Apple is
replacing iTunes® with its popular entertainment apps — Apple Music®,
Apple Podcasts® and the Apple TV® app. The all-new Sidecar™ feature
enables users to extend their Mac® desktop by using their iPad® as a
second display or as a high-precision input device across creative Mac
apps. New security features keep users better protected and Voice
Control lets users control their Mac entirely with their voice.

“With macOS Catalina, we’re bringing fresh new apps to the Mac, starting
with new standalone versions of Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and the
Apple TV app,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of
Software Engineering. “Users will appreciate how they can expand their
workspace with Sidecar, enabling new ways of interacting with Mac apps
using iPad and Apple Pencil. And with new developer technologies, users
will see more great third-party apps arrive on the Mac this fall.”

Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and Apple TV Apps

macOS Catalina replaces iTunes with three all-new apps that greatly
simplify and improve the way Mac users discover and enjoy their favorite
music, TV shows, movies and podcasts.

The new Music app for Mac is lightning fast, fun and easy to use. Apple
Music will help users discover great new music with over 50 million
songs, playlists and music videos. And users will have access to their
entire music library, whether they downloaded the songs, purchased them
or ripped them from a CD. For those who like to own their music, the
iTunes Music Store℠ is just a click away.

The all-new Apple TV app brings together different ways to find and
watch movies and TV shows into one powerful app. The Apple TV app
features Apple TV channels, personalized recommendations and over
100,000 iTunes movies and TV shows to browse, buy or rent — so users can
enjoy 4K HDR and Dolby Atmos-supported movies.1 The
Watch Now section features Up Next, where viewers can keep track of what
they are currently watching and resume on any screen. This fall, Apple
TV+, Apple’s original video subscription service, will be available in
the Apple TV app.

The popular Apple Podcasts app offers more than 700,000 shows in its
catalog and the option to automatically be notified of new episodes as
soon as they become available. The app also features new categories,
curated collections by editors around the world and advanced search
tools that can find episodes by host, guest or even discussion topic.

For users who sync their media to their devices using a cable, they can
quickly and easily do so in the new entertainment apps. And when users
connect a device to their Mac, it will immediately show up in the
sidebar of Finder®, enabling them to backup, update or restore their


With Sidecar, iPad can be used as an extended display for Mac and a
high-precision drawing tablet across supported Mac apps. For users on
the go, Sidecar makes it easy to bring an extended display with them so
they can spread their work out over two displays wherever they happen to
be. When paired with an Apple Pencil®, they can use their iPad to draw,
sketch or write in any Mac app that supports stylus input. Sidecar is a
great tool for editing video with Final Cut Pro® X, drawing with Adobe
Illustrator or marking up iWork® documents. And like all Continuity
features, Sidecar can run on a wireless connection, so users can work
with greater mobility.


Apple believes technology is most powerful when it empowers everyone.
With macOS Catalina, Apple is introducing new assistive technologies to
help every user get the most out of their Mac. Voice Control is a
transformative technology that enables users who can’t operate
traditional input devices to control their Mac entirely with their voice
using on-device Siri® speech recognition technology, which also ensures
personal data is kept private. New labels and grids let users interact
with virtually any app using comprehensive navigation tools, with audio
processing happening on-device. Voice Control is now also available on
iOS and iPadOS™, so users can control their device entirely with their
voice, even gestures like tapping, swiping and scrolling.


With macOS Catalina, Gatekeeper now checks all apps for known security
issues, while new data protections require all apps to get permission
before accessing user documents. Approve with Apple Watch® lets users
approve many security prompts by simply tapping the side button on their
Apple Watch. Now all Macs with the T2 Security Chip support Activation
Lock to make them less attractive to thieves. And with the new Find My
app, the location of a lost or stolen Mac can be securely and
anonymously relayed back to its owner by other Apple devices, even when
it is offline.

Screen Time

Screen Time on the Mac gives users insight into how they spend time in
apps and on websites, and the tools to help decide how to spend their
time. Screen Time is designed for the way people use their Mac,
including a new “One more minute” feature that gives users more time to
save their work or log out of a game. Users can schedule time away from
their Mac and determine how much time they want to spend within apps,
websites or categories of apps. With iCloud®, users can sync Screen Time
settings and combine their usage across iPhone®, iPad and Mac privately
through end-to-end encryption. And Family Sharing gives parents new
tools to better manage their children’s device usage, including the
ability to choose who their children can communicate with and when.

More Great Apps for Mac

Also available with macOS Catalina are new APIs and tools for developers
that make it incredibly easy to bring iPad apps over to the Mac. With
over a million iPad apps available across a broad range of categories,
from creative to entertainment and productivity to development, users
will be able to interact with more popular apps right on their Mac’s
large and beautiful display. Beginning this fall, users can expect to
see more of their favorite apps coming to the Mac, including Jira Cloud,
Twitter and Asphalt 9.

Additional App Enhancements

  • Photos features a beautiful new browsing experience that intelligently
    showcases the user’s best pictures.
  • Safari® has an updated start page that uses Siri Suggestions to
    elevate frequently visited sites, bookmarks, iCloud tabs, Reading List
    selections and links sent in Messages.
  • Mail in macOS Catalina adds the ability to block email from a
    specified sender, mute an overly active thread and unsubscribe from
    commercial mailing lists.
  • Notes now has a brand new Gallery View, more powerful search tools and
    additional collaboration options.
  • Reminders has been redesigned with an all-new user interface that
    makes it easier to create, organize and track reminders.


The developer preview of macOS Catalina is available to Apple Developer
Program members at starting
today, and a public beta program will be available to Mac users later
this month at
macOS Catalina will be available this fall as a free software update for
Macs introduced in mid-2012 or later. For more information, visit
Features are subject to change. Some features may not be available in
all regions or languages.

1 4K HDR content can be streamed on all Macs introduced in
2018 or later with 4K resolution screens. Dolby Atmos is available on
portable Macs introduced in 2018 or later.

Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the
Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with
iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. Apple’s four software
platforms — iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS — provide seamless experiences
across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services
including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay and iCloud. Apple’s more
than 100,000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on
earth, and to leaving the world better than we found it.

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