For you who are curious about any new macOS Catalina features, (macOS 10.15 Catalina), here I share 21 more new features of macOS Catalina after trying it a few days. Without lingering, just read the following review for MacOS Catalina only on CnwinTech:
1. Apple Music
First, iTunes doesn’t exist anymore, and each feature is broken down into separate applications. The first piece of Apple Music was specifically for listening to music. There is a For You menu that displays personalized songs. Then there is the browse menu to make it easier to find songs, and the radio menu to listen to online radio.
Then, of course, there is a menu for the library, starting from recently added, artist, album, song. There is also a Genius menu which when activated will automatically create playlists or mix rows of songs according to the typical song we like.
When searching for songs, recent search history is also displayed, recently viewed, and trending searches on Apple music. So Apple is really trying to improve the music discovery experience on Apple Music.
2. Apple Podcast
Second, there is an Apple Podcast, as the name implies is specifically for finding and listening to podcasts. So you can browse podcasts, search by category, or just look at the Top Chart. When a podcast is played you can access the description too – which is often useful because some podcasters usually put their transcript in the description.
3. Apple TV (New MacOS Catalina Features)
The third is Apple TV. Actually there are many menus on Apple TV, but we can access in some countries only Watch Now, Movies, and Library – while TV Shows and Kids cannot be accessed here.
On Watch Now, you can see the list next up and a row of interesting films to watch according to our own personalization. Then in Movies, you can browse movies of several categories and duration, and in the Library, there is a list of movies that you buy / rent.
If you open each page of the film, now you can easily buy, rent, and upload to Up Next – because the buttons become large and easy to find. The design is also better, you can see a list of cast & crew – which when clicked directly shows another movie they starred in.
Maybe you’re wondering if there is no iTunes – how do you connect your iPhone to macOS Catalina? It turns out that this feature is now directly embedded in the Finder. It makes the iPhone immediately detected in the Finder once connected to macOS Catalina.
But still as before, here you can’t explore iPhone files directly – like on an Android smartphone, but like iTunes, which is only moved to the Finder. So there is a general tab for updates, backups, and restore – then there are music, movies, tv shows, podcasts, audiobooks, books, and photos for media synchronization. There is also a files tab for accessing files from applications, and there is also an info tab. Above you can click to switch from device details to serial, then to IMEI.
5. Find My
The fifth is the Find My application which is a combination of Find My iPhone, Find My Mac, and also Find My Friends. Here you can easily find your iPhone, Mac, and contact your friends. There is a map of its location, and if you click it can ring it, see the direction to get there, mark it as lost, or delete the data remotely.
The six Photo applications have also been overhauled. First, if you open it, there are Days, Month, and Years tabs that will display photos more cleanly and neatly by hiding various clutter caused by twin photos. Videos are also automatically played when scrolled, so it is more interactive. Actually there are photo editing and video editing features also in this new Photos, but in this beta version is not yet fully developed.
Notes also get updated. First, there is the new Gallery View, it’s really delicious to find notes because there is a preview and just scroll. Uniquely the gallery view icon is similar to the browse attachment icon in the previous Notes, and browse attachments now get a new icon. Then you can also share folders to collaborate all notes and subfolders in it. For this share, there is a view-only option, so others can only see it while only you can change it.
And finally, you can easily drag and drop the checklist to change the order.
Reminders are now completely overhauled. The design is new and made so much more powerful. Previously, this reminder was very simple, it could even be said that it was poor in features, now it is much more advanced, much like the task manager application. So you can make a list, this is a group task. Then you can create tasks, add notes, when to deadline – whether today, tomorrow, this weekend or custom. All tasks will be automatically organized, to display what needs to be done today – then it can also be viewed in a scheduled timeline.
Actually there are still other advanced features, i.e. you can attach photos, documents, and even the web in the Task.
Safari also does not miss getting updates. Now there is a new start page in Safari. Then every time you download from a website that you visit, there will be a notification whether you want to allow downloads from that site or not. Then what’s interesting, now you can activate picture-in-picture mode easily and quickly via the Audio tab. In addition, if you register an account and use a weak password, Safari will provide suggestions for using a stronger random password.
Mail also gets a few updates. First, now you can easily block contacts, maybe there are contacts who like to be very quiet, you can block easily. All messages sent by this contact will immediately go to the trash. Additionally, the unsubscribe link for e-mails from the mailing list is now displayed above, making it easy for those of you who want to unsubscribe. And if there is a thread that is too active and noisy, you can just mute.
Then there are iOS features that are now also carried to Mac. On macOS Catalina now you can find Screentime! Just like on iOS, this screentime has a detailed report on Mac usage – how long it takes to use each application and each category, number of notifications, and pickup statistics also here. Downtime, App Limits, and Content & Privacy restrictions are also brought to Mac. Interestingly, the Screen Time report on Mac can be combined with the iPhone and iPad as well. This is optional and you can activate it if you want.
12. Dark Mode Auto
Switching to the display, if in Mojave you only have the Light and Dark Mode options, on the macOS Catalina there is a new option that is Auto. This auto means that during the daytime hours it will appear light, whereas during the night hours will appear dark.
13. Apple ID Information
If you look at the Preferences display, there are also differences. Now the Apple ID is displayed directly above the Preferences window. You can open directly to see all Apple ID details, make arrangements for iCloud, including managing purchases and subscriptions. Details of the devices connected to the Apple ID are also displayed here.
In addition, you can also arrange Family Sharing, ranging from purchase sharing, iCloud storage, location sharing, and others.
14. Quick time Player
QuickTime Player also does not miss updates. Now you can run videos in Picture-in-Picture mode very easily. So this video can still be played in a small window above the other application window. Make it really easy if you want to watch videos while browsing or other activities. In addition, you can display Movie Inspector, which now has very complete information – from format, resolution, FPS, aspect ratio, to data rate as well.
You can also open sequence images, then adjust the frame, resolution, and encode it. Rows of photos will be played fast, and you can save as a video.
15. iCloud Drive Folder Sharing
Now you can share the iCloud folder, so anyone who has access can view the contents of the folder, add new files, and access the latest version of the files in it. You can also limit access to view only.
There are lots of security improvements on macOS Catalina. First, the OS runs on a separate read-only system volume from other data. So any application or not can overwrite important system files. DriverKit also no longer uses the kernel extension but runs separately from the OS so if there is an error Kext will not affect the system. macOS Catalina also always checks and notifies every application that needs data access to both internal and external storage – and also checks for applications that want to do keylogging and screen records.
17. iPad Application
There will be lots of iPad apps and games that you can run on Mac because now developers can bring their iPad applications to Mac through Project Catalyst. Asphalt 9 Legends, DC Universe, and various other applications will be able to run on Mac.
In addition, there is a Sidecar feature that makes the iPad as a Mac second screen. That way you can use Apple Pencil to draw. Many applications certainly support this Sidecar feature, such as Adobe Illustrator, Final Cut Pro, Corel Draw, and others.
19. Restore from snapshot
macOS Catalina is also equipped with a Restore Snapshot, so, for example, you run out of macOS updates, and there are applications that don’t support the latest updates, you can just restore to the version before the update easily.
20. Accessibility (Voice Control)
In addition, there is also a voice control feature, to control the Mac with sound, in this beta version has not been implanted.
21. Approve with Apple Watch
For you, Apple Watch users, the integration of Apple Watch and Mac is now even deeper because it can’t only be used to authenticate logins – but also to view passwords, install applications, open locked notes, unlock settings in Preferences, and others by pressing the side button twice on the Apple Watch. Very simple.
There are many other minor changes on macOS Catalina, both in terms of appearance, new fonts, and others. Please just ask in the comments column below if there are still things you want to ask about this MacOS Catalina.
So, have you installed macOS 10.15 Catalina and tried all the new features?