MacOS Catalina Is Out Now & iTunes Is Officially Dead

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Three all-new apps - Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and Apple TV- replace iTunes and make it easy and fun to discover and enjoy music, TV shows, movies and podcasts on Mac.

In the early days, iTunes was simply a way to get music onto the iPod music player. And with streaming services like Apple Music and Spotify, that's just all the more reason to finally put the app out of its misery. The update is free to download, available on the following machines...

Arguably the biggest addition is Apple Arcade for macOS. And a new Voice Control feature gives quadriplegics and other people with limited mobility granular control over the operating system.

Catalina is mostly a minor upgrade, but there is one major change that could have an interesting impact on Mac users: A feature called Catalyst allows third-party developers to bring iPad apps to Mac for the first time. The feature even includes Apple Pencil support, meaning you can use Apple's flagship stylus on certain Mac apps.

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After the update, you will see the Apple TV + service for promotional purposes. For Mac users, that means many great iPad apps will soon make their way to the Mac.

macOS Catalina brings Screen Time to Mac for the first time, providing insight into how users are spending time with apps and websites.

There are also a number of significant security enhancements, including T2 chip support for Activation Lock and tighter security prompt integration with Apple Watch. It'll cost $4.99 a month, but Apple is offering a free year with the purchase of a new Mac, iPhone, iPad or Apple TV. In the case of devices like laptops, which aren't connected to a cellular network, Apple detects its location using encrypted Bluetooth data from other Apple devices passing by.

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. There's also a new look for Reminders and a gallery view in the Notes app.

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