THE Apple launched on Monday (7) the macOS 10.15 Catalina, new version of the operating system for Macs with dedicated music applications and podcasts, integration with the Apple Arcade game service, more accessibility features and Sidecar, which allows using an iPad as an external monitor.
Catalina sets the stage for Apple’s new services. Apple Arcade offers more than 100 exclusive games, without ads and in-app purchases, for R $ 9.99 per month. It also works on iPhones, iPads and Apple TV. On the Mac, you can play with a mouse and keyboard or through third-party controls such as the Xbox Wireless Controller or DualShock 4 on the PlayStation.
ITunes left to make way for three new applications. O Apple Music offers more than 50 million songs by streaming and also allows you to listen to music from your library or purchased from the iTunes Store. O Apple Podcasts has a catalog of more than 700 thousand programs. It’s the Apple TV is the video player that will be the means of accessing the streaming service Apple TV +, which arrives in November for R $ 9.90.
For those who have an iPad, the novelty is the Sidecar, which turns the tablet into an external monitor. The connection is made via cable or Bluetooth and works in two ways: you can extend the Mac desktop on the iPad, or use the iPad as an input device for drawing, doodling and writing, even with Apple Pencil. The iPad also shows the Touch Bar, even if your Mac does not have this feature.
As with iOS 13, Apple deployed the Voice Control, which allows you to open applications, click on specific points on the screen, access menus and perform any other action on macOS 10.15 without using your hands. Speech recognition is done by Siri, but is performed entirely on the Mac itself to preserve the user’s privacy.
Other news from Catalina include the Screen Time, which shows how much time you are spending on applications and allows you to limit certain websites or categories of software; O Catalyst, which facilitates the migration of iPad applications to macOS; it’s the Activation Lock, which prevents a stolen or lost Mac from being reset and used again.
As usual, macOS Catalina is a free update. It is now available for download on Monday (7) on MacBooks, Macs mini, iMacs and Macs Pro launched from 2012.