On October 8, the first day after the National Day holiday, apple officially updated the Mac OS 10.15 version system, this time named after Catalina Island, a California landscape. Judging from this Mac OS update, apple is ambitious. There are many changes focused on the linkage with iPad, apple watch and other devices, and many details have been optimized.
MacOS Catalina hands on experience:
Annoying iTunes is finally gone
After updating the system, the first thing that caught my eye was the newly added software. This time on Mac OS Catalina, iTunes was gone, instead of music, podcasts and videos, so that the task of each application was more single. When we want to listen to music or watch videos, we can directly enter the corresponding application.
Maybe a lot of friends like me don’t use iTunes to listen to songs at ordinary times, which is specially used to back up mobile phones or update IOS. So in this Mac OS Catalina, the mobile phone connection is more direct. Connect the iPhone to the Mac, and you can see the mobile phone in visit Dali. This experience is similar to that when we use other windows computers.
Click to enter the mobile phone, including backup, system upgrade, transmission of music and video, etc. For the vast majority of people, iTunes is used to link to their mobile phones. This upgrade is to separate the original iTunes functions, which are responsible for the confusion. This time, when managing the iPhone, you don’t need to find out how to operate from many menus.
At the same time, we can also see a new “find” app, which is a combination of “find my iPhone” and “find my friends” on our iPhone. With this app we can easily see where our devices are. This time Apple announced a black technology that allows devices to report their location via Bluetooth when they don’t have a network connection.
Link with iPad to expand more possibilities
The most attractive feature in this update is the “on board” function. Simply speaking, this is a function that lets iPad appear as a Mac secondary screen, which can be connected by wired and wireless means, so that iPad can expand the content on the computer screen. Here, two devices need to log in to the same Apple ID.
On the iPad interface, on the left is the function bar, such as the keyboard, shortcut keys and so on. At the bottom is the same touch bar as the touchbar on the MacBook. The experience is similar to that of a MacBook with a touch screen. Almost all operations can be performed on the iPad, and multi touch gestures on the iPad OS can be used.
What surprised me most is that Apple also uses the iPad as a digital board for Mac. In the application, you can choose “insert – import from iPad – add quick draw”, the painting interface will appear on the iPad, and then the pattern drawn on the iPad by hand or apple pencil will be added to the currently edited picture or text.
For those who often draw or do PPT, with such a powerful digital board, the work efficiency is greatly improved.
In addition, Apple has developed a new feature, MAC catalyst, which can play IOS applications on MAC, but it still needs further adaptation by developers.
Software optimization improves fluency and security
As we mentioned earlier, the search function added in Mac OS Catalina can better locate the location of Apple devices, even if there is no network connection. In terms of privacy protection, Apple has done more than that. On the system level, Apple has added a special system volume. The system runs in a read-only volume, separate from other MAC data, which can guarantee the system security to a greater extent.
On the software level, we can also see a lot of shadows of IOS. For example, the statistics of screen usage time is similar to the statistics of screen usage time on iPhone, and we can see which applications are running time. The statistical logic of this time is that no matter the foreground or background applications are turned on, they will record the time. Unlike a mobile phone, which usually only displays one app in an interface, the computer screen may display multiple windows at the same time, and the statistics of screen usage time will record all open applications.
On Mac OS Catalina, the voice control function is further improved to make it better used (here we think of TNT made by a parent company). On the basis of the previous “dictation command”, voice control is more convenient and easy to use. After opening, some common functions can be realized by voice.
Mac OS Catalina further improves the use experience
After using Mac OS Catalina for a period of time, my biggest feeling is that apple is further maximizing the ecology. Apple has made further linkage between MAC, tablet and mobile phone. The separation of iTunes makes it more convenient for mobile devices to connect to Mac. In the past, every time a mobile phone connected to a computer was a headache, which simplifies the operation process and facilitates the interconnection.
Then there’s the function of the follow-up flight. The iPad can be used not only as a sub screen but also as a digital board, which also makes the iPad no longer a “pre purchase productivity, post purchase iqiyi”. In the daily office, the role of the iPad is further enlarged, and the touch advantage of the iPad is also played. I appreciate this kind of design and greatly improve the office efficiency. Apple didn’t make a big earth shaking upgrade on Mac OS Catalina, but improved the use experience on these small functions, making it more comfortable to use, which also conforms to Apple’s style of user experience first.