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The 10 best news of macOS 10.15 Catalina

Another year, another MacOS: the 10:15 version of the operating system for Mac is calledKatherineand reaches the end of the year to bring greater integration with the iPad, better protect your information and death decree one of the most emblematic programs of Manzana, iTunes, after almost twenty years in active service.

And what are the 10 most important novelties of Catalina, or "Cat", for the past?I have installed the beta on my MacBook and I count everything in the next few minutes.

New features of MacOS Catalina on video

1. iTunes disappears

ITunes was launched in 2001 as a music player and has since won a lot of functions.Much.Even.Both Apple itself played with the fact that a long time ago: you just have to have a calendar, an email client, a web browser and a dock to open other applications within iTunes.Fortunately, MacOS Catalina ended the mess.

The giant Apple application was divided into three: music,podcastsand Apple TV.None of them synchronize data or local backup of iPhones and iPads: now, the tool is inside the Finder, which makes much more sense.This should also strengthen Apple's new streaming service, the Apple TV +, which will be launched in the third quarter and will no longer be under one umbrella.

2. A dedicated podcast player

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Do you know what else can be strengthened with the death of iTunes?The podcastsThey have become the favorite of the media in 2019, receiving strong investments and a new public MacOS is certainly a good showcase for podcasts, which until then were hidden inside a menu on iTunes.

In addition to having developed an independent application, Apple created new podcast categories, notifying users when a new episode is published and the search tool better, allowing search by presenter, guest or subject.The episodes will be automatically transcribed by Apple, to make it easier to find what you want.

It is surprising that Apple has only made that move now, since the company has always had a giant collection, today with more than 700 thousand registered programs – and the name "podcast" is named after one of its products, the iPod.

3. Catalyst: iPad applications on the Mac

In MacOS 10.14 of Mojave, Apple showed an embryo of what is now officially known as Catalyst Project.Basically, Catalina opens the space for developers to access their iPad applications for MacOS easily.This implies social networks such as Twitter, professional tools, such as Jira, or even heavier games.

I have followed a session for developers in which Apple explained the process of migrating an iPad application to the Mac. There are only three steps:

1) Mark an option in Xcode to compile the application for MacOS.

2) make sure the application works well on the iPad, with support for large screen, external keyboard and other resources.

3) Customize the application for the Mac, being able to place toolbars, mens and shortcuts in the Touch Bar of the MacBook.

Apple does not admit, but it seems to me a way to bring even more the iOS (now iPadOS) of macOS that, according to rumors, must roll on chips of Apple itself with ARM architecture from 2020. We will see.

4. iPad as a second screen: Sidecar

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The approach of macOS with the iPad is not reduced to applications.With the Sidecar feature, Catalina can use the tablet as a second screen, essentially killing applications such as Duet Display, which cost R $ 54.90.

The Sidecar is very versatile.To use the iPad as a mirror or an extension of the Mac screen, and the connection can be made with or without wires.It has more: the Touch Bar, which is restricted to the most expensive MacBooks Pro, can be displayed at the bottom of the iPad screen.And the iPad still becomes a digitizing table, allowing illustrations or simply scribbling with the Apple Pencil on the Mac.

5. Time of use

Digital wellness resources are a trend: they are already on iOS,Androidand now MacOS.The screen time shows how you are spending your time on the Mac, what applications are used and how many notifications you are receiving.Sometimes I think I am working beyond the account, or that I am very distracted on a given day – this new function can help in the diagnosis.