MacOS Catalina, the latest version of Apple’s computer operating system, is now available. Two things are most striking: Apple brings the Mac to the iPad and vice versa, and on the other hand, the goodbye to iTunes.
Born in 2001, that year was presented by Steve Jobs, iTunes was a program to manage music, but in another era, when CDs were sold, when streaming had not yet become widespread. iTunes has been for 18 years the player and also Apple’s content store. Those of Cupertino say goodbye to iTunes, so that its functions become a thing of three programs: Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and Apple TV.
MacOS Catalina comes with Apple Arcade, the video game subscription service. Recently released on iOS and iPadOS, it costs €4.99 per month.
A new feature called Sidecar expands the Mac desktop with iPad for use as a second screen or as a digitizer tablet with the help of Apple Pencil and Mac apps.
Catalina also includes the Voice Control accessibility feature, and Mac Catalyst, which allows external developers to take apps from iPad to Mac. And, for the first time, Time of Use, to give users information about how they spend time on apps and websites so they can better manage it.
The new operating system is now available as a free upgrade for Mac computers from mid-2012 onwards. But macOS Catalina is the end of the transition from 32-bit to 64-bit software, and that can suppose some programs become incompatible.