macOS Catalina, the latest version of the world’s most advanced desktop operating system, is now available as a free software update. With macOS Catalina, users are able to enjoy Apple Arcade, a groundbreaking new game subscription service featuring new, exclusive games from some of the world’s most creative developers. Adding to great entertainment on the Mac, Catalina also features all-new Mac versions of Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and Apple TV apps. A new feature called Sidecar extends Mac desktops with iPad as a second display, or tablet input device using Apple Pencil with Mac apps. Voice Control, a transformative accessibility feature, allows Mac to be controlled entirely by voice. With Mac Catalyst, a new technology in Catalina that makes it easy for third-party developers to bring iPad apps to Mac, users will begin to see their favorite iPad apps in Mac versions, including Twitter, TripIt, Post-It, GoodNotes and Jira, with more to come. And for the first time, Screen Time comes to Mac, giving users insight into how they spend time in apps and on websites, and the ability to decide how to spend their time.
Additional Features in macOS Catalina
- The new Find My app combines Find My iPhone and Find My Friends into a single, easy-to-use app on Mac, iPad and iPhone. Find My can help users locate a missing Mac even if it’s offline and sleeping by sending out Bluetooth signals that can be detected by Apple devices in use nearby, and then relaying the detected location of the Mac to iCloud so a user can can locate it in the Find My app.
- Photos features a beautiful new browsing experience that intelligently showcases the user’s best pictures.
- Safari has an updated start page that uses Siri Suggestions to elevate frequently visited sites, bookmarks, iCloud tabs, Reading List selections and links sent in Messages.
- Mail in macOS Catalina adds the ability to block email from a specified sender, mute an overly active thread and unsubscribe from commercial mailing lists.
- Notes now has a brand new Gallery View, more powerful search tools and additional collaboration options.
- Reminders has been redesigned with an all-new user interface that makes it easier to create, organize and track reminders.
Make sure you’re ready to clean up, back-up dan upgrade
Before you upgrade, we recommend that you need to clean up and back up your Mac.
- Check your Hard Drive: macOS Catalina approaches disk storage in a new way. Compared to previous versions, it favors cleaner hard drive for better performance, so first check what’s taking up your space before upgrading. (If upgrading from OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 or later, macOS Catalina requires 12.5GB of available storage to upgrade. If upgrading from an earlier release, macOS Catalina requires up to 18.5GB of available storage.)
- Clean up your Mac : he fresh macOS needs a fresh Mac. It’s recommended that you remove large and old files from your disk and install macOS Catalina on a cleaner hard drive. The easiest (and fastest) way to free up your storage is by running a scan with CleanMyMac X
- Back-up your Mac:
- Back-up with Time Machine : Time Machine is the built-in backup feature of your Mac. It’s a complete backup solution, but you can use other backup methods as well.
- Store files in iCloud : You can also use iCloud and iCloud Drive to store files, such as your photos, documents, and music.
Upgrading is free. And easier than you think.
Upgrading from macOS Mojave, go to Software Update in System Preferences to find the macOS Catalina upgrade. Click Upgrade Now and follow the onscreen instructions to begin your upgrade.
Then, if your Mac is running OS X Mavericks 10.9 or later, you can upgrade directly to macOS Catalina.
If you’re running High Sierra (10.13), Sierra (10.12), or El Capitan (10.11), upgrade to macOS Catalina from the App Store. If you’re running Lion (10.7) or Mountain Lion (10.8), you will need to upgrade to El Capitan (10.11) first.
If you don’t have broadband access, you can upgrade your Mac at any Apple Store.