macOS Catalina unveiled at WWDC

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Apple is replacing iTunes with Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and the Apple TV app. The new Sidecar feature enables users to extend their Mac desktop by using their iPad as a second display or as an input device for creative Mac apps.

Apple Music, Apple Podcasts & 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 favourite music, TV shows, movies and podcasts.

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 device.

Sidecar

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. And like all Continuity features, Sidecar can run on a wireless connection, so users can work with greater mobility.

Accessibility

Voice Control 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.

Security

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.

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.

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.

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, organise and track reminders.

The developer preview of macOS Catalina is available to Apple Developer Program members starting today, and a public beta program will be available to Mac users in July.

macOS Catalina will be available this spring as a free software update for Macs introduced in mid-2012 or later.