Apple macOS Catalina review: A solid upgrade
Apple users will love the new OS, and for those shifting from a Windows device, it will be a pleasant change.
With macOS Catalina, Apple throws substantial limelight on the Music, TV and podcast services by removing the iconic iTunes application forever and splitting it in three separate apps - Apple Music, Apple TV and Apple Podcasts. All three have been redesigned for a better experience.
Another major change is the ability to use iPad apps on your Mac, something you just don’t get with the widely-used Android + Windows combination. These iPad apps run alongside Mac apps so that you get the most out of the integration. Few more native apps have been overhauled and are now in sync with their iOS and iPadOS counterparts.
We liked the new Photos app that has an immersive look, highlighting your best shots in the gallery. Even finding Notes is easier with a more powerful search algorithm. You can even search for a file based on the text written inside it. Apple’s Safari browser also gets a few enhancements but not so much to convince you to ditch Google Chrome.
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Apple also stressed on the Sidecar with Apple Pencil support for macOS Catalina. This means you can use iPadOS-based tablets as a second screen. As great as it sounds, it’s utility remains limited to a small chunk of users only. Controlling the entire Mac with ‘Voice Control’ is also a very useful accessibility tool.
Screen Time has finally reached macOS Catalina and allows you to see and control the time spent staring at that Retina display on your MacBook. Two features that we found nifty were ‘Combined Limits’ and ‘Find My’ app. With the former, you can limit the viewing time for certain apps on Mac while the latter helps you find your MacBook if misplaced.
If you are deeply entrenched in the Apple ecosystem you will probably love the new OS. If you are moving from a Windows device, this will be a pleasant — yet initially difficult — change. Apple’s macOS Catalina is a free to download and works on almost all MacBook, iMac, Mac Pro and Mac Mini devices launched in 2012 and later.