What's new in macOS 10.15 Catalina? Full update overview

Good news for many Mac owners. Apple has released the long-awaited macOS 10.15 Catalina. It can already be installed. The list of supported models is quite wide.

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Which computers are compatible? Here is the list:

iMac 2012 or later;
MacBook 2015 or later;
Mac Pro 2013 or later;
iMac Pro 2017 or later;
MacBook Air 2012 or later;
Mac mini 2012 or later;
MacBook Pro 2012 or later.

Do you have an old car? Do not despair. There is an unofficial way to install macOS 10.15 Catalina. Search the Internet for a recipe that is easy to find.

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Is the system worth the trouble? In general, yes. The number of innovations is large, serious and not very. Let's get acquainted with the most noticeable changes.

Voice control in Russian

A cool feature originally from iOS 13. Now it is available on Mac. What's great – macOS 10.15 Catalina understands Russian-speaking teams.

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Management takes place without Siri. A real gift for people with disabilities. Ordinary users will also come in handy (if the PC acts as a media server, for example).

Sidecar Mode

MacOS 10.15 Catalina has a cool feature. It is called SideCar and turns the iPad into a second monitor. Mac screen "expands" on the tablet.

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At first glance, Apple did an excellent job. Previously, this required third-party software (not always working).

Superior Locator

The program "Find my …" is no more. Her place was taken by "Locator". What is he doing? Searches for gadgets, even turned off. The map displays all devices tied to an Apple ID.

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Lost your headphones at home? Forgot where you left your phone? Latitude will fix the situation.

Apple arcade

It's about a recently launched game service. It is intended not only for iPhone and iPad. Mac owners will have something to have fun in their spare time.

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There are fewer than 100 apps in Apple Arcade now. Basically, these are simple "time killers". Although there are complex projects (like Oceanhorn 2).

Screen time

Excessiveness is harmful in any form. How many hours per day do you spend on mail and social networks? Do you stay in messengers? All indicators are in "Screen Time".

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It is allowed to set limits on certain applications. Interested in watching YouTube? The service will warn you when you go beyond.

Declared integration with iCloud (to combine statistics with mobile devices).


Finder learned to replace iTunes. Interact with connected iPad and iPhone right in it. Media library, file management and backups (both creation and restoration) are offered.

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It has become more convenient. Do you agree?

Project catalyst

An innovation useful to developers. The technology ported iOS software to macOS 10.15 Catalina. It is enough to make minimal adjustments in Xcode.

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Then it remains only to get approval in the Mac App Store. Expect hundreds of tailored programs in the coming weeks.

Built-in archiver

It used to be worse with archives. Just that – I had to go to the Mac App Store and download the utility (The Unarchiver or an analogue). Fortunately, macOS 10.15 Catalina does it all by itself.

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There are no problems with unpacking and compression. None.

Opting out of iTunes

Don't look for iTunes on macOS 10.15 Catalina. He is absent as a class. The player was divided into 3 independent parts: TV, "Podcasts" and "Music". They are the successors of the famous media combine.

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In terms of functionality – no loss. In any case, significant.

Disabling 32-bit applications

Catalina launches exclusively 64-bit software. The age of 32 bits is over. The rule applies to everyone – without exception.

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Both little-known companies and giants such as Adobe were hit. No luck to everyone. Welcome to the 64-bit world.

Other changes

"Photo" pleases with smart search and timeline. "Notes" are allowed to be kept together (with colleagues, relatives and friends). "Reminders" are similar versions for iOS.

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Do you need notifications from Mail? Drown them out. Spam messages are automatically sent to spam. In addition, Apple brought to mind the "System Preferences."

The design completes the picture, changing depending on the time of day. How do you like macOS 10.15 Catalina? Share your impressions in the comments.

Chief editor of the blogErika J. Wells .

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