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MacOS Catalina: compatible devices, and how to update

Apple has officially launched its new version of macOS, the desktop operating system for Mac devices.

MacOS 10.15 Catalina

And it includes some news such as the final goodbye to iTunes, or the expected Project Catalyst to make life easier for developers who want to take their iPadOS apps to macOS.

Therefore, taking advantage of its official launch today we will give you all the details about the new macOS Catalina, from the complete news list to the equipment compatible with it. We will also end by briefly telling you how to perform the update.

What's new in macOS 10.15 Catalina

Let's start with the complete list with all the news that Apple's new operating system brings us. They stand out above all Project Catalyst and the goodbye of iTunes, but some native applications of the system are also improved, and you can use the iPad as a second screen or graphic tablet.

  • Goodbye to iTunes: Apple's veteran application is divided into three: Music, Podcasts and Apple TV. Each of them has a simple approach, but it will be separated from the rest of the functions that iTunes previously grouped together.
  • Project Catalyst: Another of the main novelties of the operating system, intended for developers to carry iPadOS applications in the App Store with almost no effort. This way they can reuse part of their work without having to work on them from scratch, something that will help in the long term to increase the macOS catalog of apps and encourage iPadOS, all while avoiding webapps that occupy too much RAM.
  • Local synchronization functions in the Finder: The options to synchronize locally iOS / iPadOS devices are still there, but in the Finder. In addition, macOS will not display alerts or processes when you connect one of them to bother you as little as possible.
  • Sidecar function: An iPad can be used as the second external display of your Mac, with or without a USB cable. You can also use the Apple Pencil to turn the iPad into a kind of graphics tablet like Wacom.
  • Usage Time reaches macOS: This function comes with the same sections as in iOS and iPadOS, letting you know how you spend your time within Apple's operating system, being able to set maximum usage times for independent applications.
  • Find My to find everything: The Find My application merges the functions of the previous ?Search for my friends? and ?Search for my iPhone?. Gather the search, lock, or remote erase of your devices in one application.
  • New Reminders application: The app has been rewritten from scratch, and now its interface is like iOS and iPadOS. This makes it a complete task manager, where reminders can have attachments, and Siri can remind you of tasks even when you write the person involved in iMessage. The application can also classify tasks by date and importance.
  • Apple Arcade: It is no longer just a matter of mobile phones and tablets, and leads to the Mac. It will not have an extra fee, and will be included in the 4.99 euros you pay to use it on mobile phones. In fact, the games are the same but adapted to macOS.
  • New design in Photos: The Photos application changes design to display the photos as large as possible, and resembling a collage. It also classifies the photos by day, month and year, and will generate albums and slideshows using artificial intelligence to help you organize the events and moments you have lived.
  • Notes also improves your design: Another application that improves the way you can see it. In this case, it allows you to explore your annotations in a much more visual way.
  • Voice control mode: A new accessibility option with which voice control is improved to control any aspect of the operating system. You can locate locations to zoom in maps.
  • Sign in from Apple Watch: If you have the Apple watch, you can use it to authenticate with it in some macOS services and applications.
  • More privacy in Safari: Now, Apple's browser tries to camouflage better the footprint you leave when you browse the Internet.
  • Small improvements to your account: Now there is a new preferences panel to manage our Apple Account will simplify things when it comes to setting up our iCloud and managing our personal data.

Compatible devices

Here is the list of Apple devices that will receive macOS 10.15 when it is released. It should be noted that due to lack of power, some of the older devices will not support the new more powerful functions of the operating system.

  • MacBook released in 2015 and later
  • MacBook Air released in 2012 and later
  • MacBook Pro released in 2012 and later
  • Mac mini released in 2012 and later
  • iMac released in 2012 and later
  • All models of the iMac Pro
  • Mac Pro released in 2013 and later

How to upgrade to macOS 10.15 Catalina

Upgrading your Mac to the new version of macOS is really simple. All you have to do is be patient and wait for the day of its launch. When that happens, when you open the Mac App Store you will see a banner that tells you that the update is available. This version will also reach the App Store Updates category so you can access.

Once you click on the banner or the update, you will see a page with all the information about it. On this page, press the button to download, and the update will begin to download, a process that may take more or less minutes depending on your Internet connection.

Once the download is finished, you will access an installer that will guide you step by step through the update process. In it you can choose the hard disk on which to install it, and then you will only have to wait a good while for the update to be applied and the hard disk to be rewritten. It is important here that you have patience and do not touch or turn off your computer while it is being updated.