macOS Mojave will soon be giving way to the next major version of the Mac operating system, called macOS Catalina.
Revealed during Apple’s 2019 WWDC keynote in June, Catalina features some major new features that continues to move the OS forward. Some of them include numerous changes, including all-new Music, Podcasts, Books, and TV applications. iTunes is no longer included in macOS Catalina, with Apple instead splitting its features into those standalone applications. Other changes include a new “Find My” application, Sidecar for using your iPad as an external display, and more. macOS Catalina is currently on its second developer beta.
Apple originally said that the macOS Catalina public beta would be available in July, but it will seemingly release it a bit early this year. As always, expect bugs, performance issues, and app compatibility issues with the early betas of macOS Catalina. The availability of the first macOS Catalina public beta was first noted in reports from TechCrunch and SixColors. Apple’s beta website is currently down, with the company saying that it’s “busy updating the Apple Beta Software Program website and will be back soon.”
The macOS version of the Apple TV app gets a major update following hot on the heels of its iOS counterpart. Apple’s very clearly priming the pump here to ready its billion-dollar premium streaming offering, which is due out at some point in the fall. Device media syncing has traditionally been the realm of iTunes. Now that the company has broken up and effectively sunset the app, it’s opted to integrate the feature directly into the finder.
Now when you plug in an iOS device, it will pop up in the Finder sidebar alongside other drives. From here, you can check to see if your software is up to date, restore the phone and manage backups. It also shows how much storage you’ve got left, battery charge and a bunch of other pertinent information.