Apple Releases Fifth Beta of macOS Catalina to Developers

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Yesterday, Apple launched its fifth beta of macOS 10.15 Catalina for developers. Beta 5 came out nearly two weeks after the company issues the fourth macOS Catalina beta and over a month after the new macOS was first presented at the WWDC.

Developers can download the new beta of macOS Catalina via the Software Update mechanism in System Preferences. Identically to the other new betas, Apple advises users not to install Beta 5 on primary machines because it is early release software and might have many bugs.

The latest versions of macOS Catalina can be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center for participants in the Developer Beta program, as well as via an over-the-air update for hardware already used for beta software.

Usually, public beta versions of the developer builds are seeded within a few days of their counterparts, and can be obtained from the Apple Beta Software Program website.

As previously mentioned, macOS Catalina removes the iTunes app for good, splitting it into Music, Podcasts, and TV applications. The Apple Music and Apple Podcasts apps are available now, while Apple TV will be launched later this year.

The new separate apps function similarly to iTunes, however, they are split up by feature. The iOS device management remains available on Mac, though, it’s now done through Finder instead of iTunes.

By using the new Sidecar feature, users can turn their iPad into a second display for their Mac with just a button click. Apple Pencil also works with Sidecar, so an iPad can be immediately turned into a drawing tablet in applications like Illustrator and Photoshop.

Apple Watch can be used to approve security prompts in macOS Catalina, and Macs with a T2 chip support Activation Lock. Additionally, the new Find My Mac app is brought to the Mac for the first time, allowing users to track their devices when they’re offline.

Screen Time is also available on Mac and iOS devices, and Project Catalyst will let developers port their iPad apps directly to the Mac.

A new Photos interface surfaces users best photos organized by day, month, or year, a new Safari start page has been added, the Mail has new tools for muting email threads and blocking senders, and the Reminders application has been modernized.

Additional information of the upcoming macOS Catalina improvements can be found here.

Photo Credits: Apple

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