12 Features You Should Try After Upgrading to Mac OS Catalina

April 10, 2020
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Discover everything you need to know about upgrading to the Mac OS Catalina!

There are plenty of new features that arrived on your Mac after making the upgrade to OS Catalina. This latest upgrade has some amazing features that you won’t want to miss. Read on to learn more about these incredible features.

The New and Improved “iTunes”

iTunes hasn’t been able to meet the current needs of users these days, which is why Apple has decided to break it up into 3 different programs: Apple TV, Apple Podcasts, and Apple Music. Apple Music is where you would play and store your music. Apple Podcasts is where you manage your podcasts or subscribe to new ones. Apple TV is where you handle your television and movies.

Access iPad Apps on Your Mac

Thanks to Catalina, developers can now build apps for MacOS by using a new tool called Catalyst. This allows developers to create apps for both MacOS and iPads, allowing Mac users a broader range of apps.

Screen Time Limits

With this new update, you can put screen time limits on your children and even yourself if you need to. 

Second Screen Display

Sidecar is a great new feature that allows you to use your iPad as a second display for your Mac. You can use this feature through connecting both devices or through Wi-Fi.

Block Contacts in Your Email App

There is now a feature in your email app that allows you to block any unwanted emails. When you block a sender, any email from that sender will automatically go into the trash.

Better Accessibility

The accessibility controls are greatly improved thanks to the Catalina through using voice controls. You can also add custom words so that it can easily recognize the words that you often use.

Better Photo Organization

A new feature in Catalina is that there is a tab that allows you to organize your pictures based on the Months, Days, and Years they were taken. It also determines the best picture within that collection and showcases them.

Apple Arcade

This is a new game subscription service offers Mac users over 100 new and exclusive games. Apple works with game creators to create these new games, which aren’t available anywhere else. 

Find My App

The new Find My app can be used across all of your Apple devices, helping you find any of these devices. It can also use other user’s devices to help find your device if it is offline.

Better Notes

Notes gets a significant upgrade with Catalina. The checklist feature is easier to use, the search function is more thorough, and the new gallery view.

Easier to Set Reminders

Reminders also gets a significant upgrade with this new OS. When you make plans in your Messages app, you will get a prompt that recognizes this and asks if you want to set a reminder about them. 

Security and Privacy Upgrades

Activation Lock is a new feature that prevents any device that was lost or stolen from being opened without the person who has the iCloud account attached to the device.