Published: Wed, October 09, 2019
Electronics | By Darnell Patrick

MacOS Catalina Available For Download Today

MacOS Catalina Available For Download Today

Apple today released 2019's free upgrade to macOS 10.15, aka "Catalina".

Catalina introduces a number of significant changes to macOS. And with streaming services like Apple Music and Spotify, that's just all the more reason to finally put the app out of its misery. Those who sync their iPhones will now see it in the Finder.

More iPad apps will be ported to macOS in the coming weeks and months through the Mac Catalyst project. On the plus side, it works over a wireless connection which is a major usability boon.

If you're a power user, Adobe says "You may want to remain on your current version of macOS until these issues have been resolved", and "strongly recommends that customers do their own testing on a non-production partition to ensure that new operating systems work with their current hardware and drivers (printing, and so forth)".

You can download the update by going to the Apple menu and selecting Software Update.

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You can download and install macOS Catalina from the App Store on your Mac. The Find My app now combines Find My iPhone and Find My Friends. We've already tried Apple's gaming endeavor on iOS, where I was impressed by the variety of games on offer.

It is worth noting that macOS Catalina will officially kill support for 32-bit software. However, the new Music app uses a different format to organize music libraries, so this methods of sharing can no longer be used. For users with impaired vision, Hover Text displays high-resolution text in a dedicated window when hovering over text and UI elements, and Zoom Display keeps one monitor tightly zoomed in while another at the standard resolution.

It's not the most comprehensive update Apple has ever put out for Mac, but it's definitely got lots of good stuff. Gatekeeper has been revamped and apps are now required to ask permission before accessing your files.

Henry T. Casey, Henry is a senior writer at Laptop Mag, covering security, Apple and operating systems. If you wait a day or two, you will likely see better speeds and the process will go quicker.

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