Apple Releases Second Beta of macOS Catalina to Developers

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Yesterday, Apple released the second beta of its macOS 10.15 Catalina to developers. It came just two weeks after the company presented the new Mac operating system update at the WWDC.

Developers can download the new beta version of macOS Catalina by using the Software Update mechanism in System Preferences. Just like the other new betas, users are not advised to install macOS Catalina on their primary machine as it is early release software and could have major bugs.

The new macOS Catalina removes the iTunes app, splitting it into Music, Podcasts, and TV apps. The Apple Music and Apple Podcasts applications are already available, and the Apple TV app will be launched later this year.

Music, Podcasts, and TV applications function quite similarly to iTunes, however, they are split up by feature. iOS device management remains available on Mac, though it’s done through Finder rather than iTunes now.

Thanks to the new Sidecar feature, you can turn your iPad into a second display for your Mac with just the click of a button. As the Apple Pencil works with Sidecar now, you can also turn your iPad into a drawing tablet in applications like Photoshop and Illustrator.

Additionally, your Apple Watch can be used for approving security prompts in macOS Catalina, and Macs with a T2 chip support Activation Lock. There’s also a new Find My bringing the Find My Mac app to Mac for the first time and letting you track your devices when they’re offline.

Screen Time is also available on Mac and iOS devices, alongside Project Catalyst which is the latest Apple initiative allowing developers to easily port their iPad applications over to Mac.

Apart from all the other innovations, there is a brand new Photos interface surfacing your best photos organized by day, month, or year, a new start page in Safari has been launched, the Mail has new tools for muting email threads and blocking senders, and the Reminders application has been renovated.

An important thing users should know before installing the new beta, is that the 32-bit apps are not working in macOS Catalina anymore.

Currently, Catalina is limited to developers only, however, Apple plans the release of a public beta next month.

For more information on the upcoming software update, check out our macOS Catalina review.

Photo Credits: Apple

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