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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.

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Updated: Oct 18, 2019, 05.17 PM IST
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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.
After refreshing the operating system (OS) of iPhone, iPad and Watch, Apple has rolled out its OS update for MacBook and iMac devices earlier this week. Unveiled during the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June this year, the new macOS is called Catalina. We have been using the OS for quite sometime now (when the first beta arrived in June) and can say that it does extend your workplace, boosts productivity and makes integration with supporting devices more seamless.

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.

iOS 13, Catalina, Mac Pro: Everything Apple Announced at WWDC 2019

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​The Annual Affair

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Apple's annual developers conference, Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) was held in San Jose, California. There were a sea of announcements, amidst that of the end of an era for a rather popular app, iTunes. Although, the Cupertino-based tech giant made a lot of new announcements, it also played catch-up with a lot of new features, most of which are already available with the competetitors. Apple debuted with an all-new Mac Pro, added some interesting upgrades to the iOS 13, apart from adding health features to the Apple Watch, Watch OS 6. Here's everything that Apple unveiled at WWDC 2019.
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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.

Jony Ive: The Man Who Changed The Way Apple Looks

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Partners In Design

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Jony Ive, as he's popularly known, was not just the Cupertino-based tech giant's Chief Design Officer but also the right-hand man at the company, which he joined in 1992 as a member of the design division.During his initial years there, he helped create the Apple Newton. And would've moved on after a 5-year stint, but rather was appointed Apple’s senior vice-president of industrial design by Steve Jobs who was himself returning to the group at the time. Ive and Jobs would go on to form a lifelong partnership; the late Apple founder had once said, "If I had a spiritual partner at Apple, it's Jony."The British designer revealed in an interview that he and Jobs began work on what would become the iMac the day they met.Ive, with Jobs and even after him, would go on to create some of modern day's most path-breaking products including the iPod, iPhone, iPad, Airpods among several others.Here's a look at some of the devices that were made irresistible by Ive's designs.(Image: allaboutstevejobs.com)
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