Apple has been pretty nonchalant these days and hasn’t been making any mind shattering announcements as of late but that doesn’t mean they’ve gone stale, of course., Over the next few months we’ll be seeing the Apple Card and services like the Apple Arcade and Apple TV+ as major additions to the Apple family. It seems that the macOS is also preparing itself for these new additions.
The new Catalina update for all Macbooks are improving the quality-of-life for their users, especially to those who own a Macbook and an iPad. This comes in the form of a new feature called Sidecar, which allows you to use your iPad as a secondary or mirrored screen. This can be done wired or wirelessly, though it is limited to about 10 metres for the latter. The biggest addition that this feature brings is that you can use the iPad’s touch screen on your Macbook, effectively integrating the Apple Pencil and eliminating the need for a Wacom tablet if you already have an iPad.
Besides that, Catalina allows for the porting of iPad apps into the macOS. Called Project Catalyst, this is sure to bring a whole slew of iPad exclusive apps to Macbooks, complete with keyboard and mouse controls. Hopefully this means that there will be full integration between the two devices when Apple Arcade rolls around, with cross-saves and cross-play features.
Another huge change that’s coming is with the splitting of iTunes, which used to be your one stop hub for all things music, podcasts, and videos. It is now three separate apps: Apple Music, Apple Podcasts, and Apple TV. This is more in line with what you can find on iOS, with this new desktop version of Apple Music working very similar to what you will find on an iPhone.
Lastly, the biggest addition comes in the form of Voice Control, a new accessibility option that allows you to fully navigate and control your Apple Devices with your voice. This system is notable for knowing how to differentiate between commands and diction, which is a great improvement over the current state of Siri.
Overall, Catalina seems to be bringing a whole slew of welcomed quality-of-life changes to Apple’s suite of devices. The new update is going through beta testing right now, and will be available worldwide in a few months. Check out what else it brings to the table here.