And to this, there’s now two answers: The macOS Finder and iCloud syncing. These five features make the macOS Catalina update worth the download:
Screen Time gives a full picture
After launching on mobile devices last year, Screen Time is coming to Mac. But now the $4.99 subscription gaming service comes to Mac users. The company first revealed macOS Catalina in June at WWDC where it also touted new features like Apple TV+, iPadOS, and updates to iPhone’s iOS. Apple Arcade give Macs a gaming power-up
Apple’s recently announced game service Apple Arcade has already rolled out to the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV. Apple determined iTunes was getting too unwieldy, so it split those various mediums into their apps. The new feature uses Siri speech recognition to register Mac controls, transcribe speech, and edit text. Now, instead of iTunes, macOS Catalina will offer Apple Music, Apple Podcasts, and Apple TV apps. Well, that’s the goal, at least, with Monday’s macOS Catalina release, which gives Apple computer users an updated, more cohesive ecosystem boasting features that make iPhones and iPads work better with Macs. Siri, can you say voice control? iTunes absence will undoubtedly make iPhone users wonder how they can sync their phones to their computers. A trend every tech company should pay attention to—From porn to scams, deepfakes are unnerving business leaders and lawmakers—Why Apple is offering cheaper streaming and iPhonesCatch up with Data Sheet, Fortune’s daily digest on the business of tech. Sidecar makes your iPad a secondary display
While there have previously been third-party apps for turning iPads into a secondary computer display, Apple has now launched the feature as a free tool with macOS Catalina, called Sidecar. Addition by subtraction: The end of iTunes
As Apple has expanded over the years, so too has its longstanding iTunes app. Whether it’s on a handheld or a desktop, Apple is making its devices play nicer with each other, at last. Similar to how it operates on iPhones and iPads, Screen Time on Mac will allow users to set App Limits and and schedule “away” time from devices. Apple’s new operating system, Catalina, replaces macOS Mojave, which was released last September. What began as a way to sync and purchase music for iPods, eventually became a bloated online warehouse of podcasts, movies, shows, and audiobooks. Apple Arcade’s games can be played across the range of Apple’s devices, and progress is synced so players can pick up where they left off, regardless of how or where the game was last played. It’ll also can limit app use, work across devices, and let parents monitor their children’s device usage with Family Sharing. While it’s a great feature to use wirelessly, Sidecar also works with a wired connection, so instead of draining the battery, it will charge the iPad. news outlets, social media—Behind the ouster of eBay’s CEO? More must-read stories from Fortune:
—Apple CEO Tim Cook has plenty to say as new hardware looms—How Russian PR firms plant stories for companies in U.K. In a move that increases accessibility for Apple users, Catalina is bringing improved Voice Control to Macs. Catalina also offers Hover Text and Zoom Display interactions, to make reading, editing, and general computer use easier for those who are visually impaired. The new feature, which formerly tracked how iOS users spent time on iPhones and iPads, now accounts for desktop computer usage too.