macOS 10.15 Catalina Released – iTunes Removed, New Features, Apps, and Many More: How to Download and Install

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After a long wait, Apple has finally released the macOS 10.15 Catalina. This was one of the most anticipated macOS update, which was announced at WWDC 2019 back in June, was up until now available in beta for testing before its public debut. macOS 10.15 Catalina comes with tons of new features, apps, and changes over macOS 10.14 Mojave. Apart from some additions, it also removes the support for iTunes and 32-bit apps, which means some of your favorite apps may stop running. Let’s take a look at each of these changes that macOS Catalina brings to the system. Also, we will know how to download and install the macOS Catalina.

macOS Catalina Compatibility

As for the compatibility of macOS Catalina, Apple has already announced at the WWDC 2019, macOS Catalina is designed for Mac machines launched in 2012 and later. So, if you are upgrading your Mac machine running on macOS Mojave, you will not face any difficulty. Well, here is the list of compatible devices for macOS 10.15: 

  • iMac (2012) and later
  • MacBook Air (2012) and later
  • MacBook (2015) and later
  • iMac Pro (2017) and later
  • MacBook Pro (2012) and later
  • Mac Pro (2013) and later
  • Mac mini (2012) and later

macOS Catalina: What’s New?

As mentioned above, macOS Catalina brings a lot of changes to macOS Mojave, new features, and apps. Apple is claiming this OS as the “world’s most advanced desktop operating system.” The new mac version brings its screen mirroring feature – Sidecar that allows you to use your iPad as a second display or a high-precision input device along with your Mac desktop. Also, you have been provided with an enhanced Voice Control that allows you to control your Mac machine using your voice.

Furthermore, the macOS Catalina brings an updated Gatekeeper that checks all apps for known security issues. There are also new data protections to secure user documents from third-party apps. Also, it brings the new Find My app, which is also available on iOS 13 and iPadOS, to let you locate your lost or stolen Apple device.

Apart from this, the new macOS Catalina comes with the Screen Time feature, which debuted on iPhone and iPad models through iOS 12 last year that helps you track down how much time you spend in apps and on websites.

macOS Catalina: What’s Removed

Apart from a lot of new features and apps, Apple has also ditched out some of the elements with the macOS Catalina update. One of the most shocking removals was of iTunes. In the macOS Catalina, iTunes has been replaced with Apple Music, Apple Podcasts, and Apple TV apps. For anyone who has subscribed to Apple Music, the music store will now be hidden on the Mac. As mentioned, the changes come alongside the release of the macOS Catalina update.

Apart from this, macOS Catalina also drops support for 32-bit apps, which means some of your favorite apps may stop running, so you are advised to check which apps will no longer be compatible before you install the latest OS. 

How to Download and Install macOS Catalina

As always, before you install macOS 10.15 Catalina into your Mac machine, it is advised you to take back up of all your files so that if any error occurs while updating, your essential data remain safe. Also, free some space and remove all the 32-bit apps from your machine to install the update safely.

Although Apple seeds macOS updates automatically, if you’ve disabled that option, you can manually check the update available on your Mac by going to System Preferences > Software Update after going into the Apple menu from the top-left corner of your screen. You can also find the update by visiting the About This Mac option from the Apple menu and then clicking the Software Update button. Alternatively, you can download macOS Catalina directly from the Mac App Store.

MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air users are advised to have sufficient battery charge or plug in the power adapter to begin the update process. Also, all users should have a reliable Internet connection to download the update package smoothly without any failure.

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