What are the improvements of Mac OS Catalina 10.15 official edition? Experience evaluation of Mac OS Catalina 10.15


What are the improvements of Mac OS Catalina 10.15?Mac OS Catalina 10.15, the latest system pushed by apple, was officially upgraded. Mac OS Catalina 10.15 was released by Apple at the WWDC 2019 conference in June this year, bringing a number of new functions and system features. After about four months of preview testing, the first official version was finally introduced on October 8, which is also suitable for ordinary consumers to upgrade.

So what improvements does MacOS Catalina 10.15 include? How about using experience? Xiaobian also upgraded the system for the first time, and shared with you the changes and use experience of the new system.

Xiaobian uses the 13 inch macbook pro of 2019 model. It takes more than half an hour to upgrade Mac OS Catalina 10.15, so you need to set aside enough time before upgrading to avoid affecting your work.

After the system upgrade, the first change is that the wallpaper is different. The default wallpaper of MacOS Catalina 10.15 is the corner of Catalina Island with beautiful scenery. The combination of sea and island looks great. As time goes by, this wallpaper will automatically display different styles in the morning, noon and evening, provided that you need to select dynamic wallpaper mode in the system settings.

After the upgrade, you can use the new computer happily Oh no, the new system.

1、 Upgrade of the system’s own applications: they are getting better and better

1. ITunes is divided into podcasts, music and Apple TV

The first is iTunes. In Mac OS Catalina 10.15, you can’t find iTunes anymore. It’s replaced by three new apps, podcast, music and Apple TV.

In China, we often use music and podcast. Music is also known as apple music. Its icon is almost the same as that of iTunes before, and the layout of the interface after opening is basically the same. After the upgrade, the original music database content in iTunes has been automatically transferred to music without manual synchronization.

The same is true of podcast, which provides various audio programs, including entertainment, comedy, news and sports. The interface layout is similar to music. Podcast has a more interesting function of “listen now”. It can continue to play the programs that you previously listened to on the iPhone or iPad, which is a reflection of the seamless interaction between MAC, iPhone and iPad.

2. Upgrade of photos, memos, reminders and safari browser

In addition, in Mac OS Catalina 10.15, there are also some changes of the system’s own application, which can bring a better experience. For example, the appearance and layout of the “photos” app have changed. Under the new app, the photos in the album will be displayed in a large preview. In addition, you can browse your favorite photos by day, month and year, and all photos can be enlarged to preview. This change is the same logic as the change of photo application in IOS 13, which can make the layout of photos look more flexible, and is also suitable for users to find some better photos – the photos displayed in the album with large thumbnails are really good, which should be the result of system AI recognition.

Not only that, the photo app can now show you important moments like your birthday, anniversary and travel.

In addition to photos, the memo app has also been upgraded. Now it has a new gallery view, with grid arranged thumbnails, which looks more cool and convenient to find notes at the same time. At the same time, the memo also adds the function of sharing folders. You can work with others to collaborate on the entire memo folder. In addition, the new checklist options are more useful, with completed items being moved to the bottom and items being reordered by drag and drop.

“Reminders” and “Safari browser” have also changed. The functions of reminders are more abundant, for example, it is easier to create, remind and follow-up items. It also introduces three categories of today, plan and flag, which is very convenient to view items. In addition, the intelligent list can automatically organize and display adjacent reminders. In the aspect of safari browser, the starting page has been optimized to display your favorite websites and frequently viewed websites in columns, where you can visit the websites you often visit.

3. New find app

macOS Catalina 10.15 also introduces a new search app, similar to the iPhone, which is the integration of “find my iPhone” and “find my friends”. It can help you locate the MAC you can’t find. Even if the device is offline or sleeping, it can make the MAC send a Bluetooth signal to let nearby apple devices detect that the device will send you Mac Then you can see where the MAC is in the find app.

This function app is the integration of existing functions. It’s not a very new function in itself, but it’s better now. If you can’t find your iPhone or Mac, you can use the find app to see where they are.

2、 Device linkage: the core of MacOS Catalina

1. Make iPad the second screen of MAC

In Mac OS Catalina 10.15, there is a very important function series. We can understand that it is a function series for Mac, iPad and iPhone to better achieve device linkage, and cross device operation can better improve office efficiency.

The first thing to say is sidecar, the Chinese name is “on board”. This function allows iPad to be used as the second display of MAC, wireless connection, and apple pencil and iPad as input devices.

How to operate? First we need an iPad upgraded to the iPad OS system, and then we need the iPad and MAC in the same network environment, using the same Apple ID. After the function is turned on, there will be an additional “follow-up” setting item in the system preferences of Mac OS, and a flat icon will be added in the top status bar. The screen linkage can be operated here.

There are two modes of linkage, one is “image”, that is, copy the MAC screen to the iPad, and the other is “extension”, that is, make the iPad the second screen of the Mac. In the extended state, there is no jam in dragging the application window between devices, the mouse can be easily adapted to switch between two devices, and the resolution adaptation is also very natural.

At the same time, as the second screen, the iPad also retains the touch function. The two areas on the left and the bottom that can change the position are some shortcut / function keys and the content on the touch bar, respectively. The remaining rectangular area only supports Apple pencil operation, with almost no delay.

Of course, we hardly use pens for daily office work such as text icons, but if you are doing work related to drawing and design, it is more convenient to use Photoshop or CAD and other applications. You can draw directly on the screen of iPad, then edit and adjust on MAC, and save money on buying digital boards.

However, Xiaobian thinks that when you use hands or apple pencil to operate on the iPad and keyboard and mouse to operate on the Mac, there is still a sense of separation between them. When you need to switch between two screens, you will not adapt.

If the screenshot is taken on the iPad side, only one screenshot of the iPad will be saved to the album. If the full screen is taken on the MAC side, two pictures will appear on the desktop, which are full screen screenshots of two devices respectively. Instead of splicing the screenshots of multiple monitors like windows, it should be for the sake of resolution.

Overall, the experience of sidecar is far better than that of similar third-party applications. If you use a 13 inch MacBook Pro with a 12.9 inch iPad pro, it will feel more perfect.

2. Using iPad app on MAC

Apple announced the project catalyst project at WWDC 2019, which makes it easier for developers to migrate iPad applications to MAC devices. This project can be reflected in Mac OS Catalina first. In Mac OS Catalina 10.15, you can already use some iPad applications, which is also the embodiment of continuous integration and linkage between iPad OS and Mac OS.

Xiaobian found that there are not many iPad applications that can be used in China at present. In the “development” column of the app store, apple listed some apps that iPad migrated to MAC for us. These apps are still relatively small, and there are not many apps created by local developers in China. Xiaobian randomly selected two apps for tasting.

The first one is zohosign, which is a signature application. As you can see, the UI layout of the application interface still retains the style of the iPad. However, at present, all functions are normal, and there is no problem in using keyboard and mouse operation.

The second app is Rosetta Stone: learning English. The interface layout of this app is quite similar to that of the iPad platform. Of course, all functions can be used normally.

At present, these applications look more like the tentative works of individual developers,Xiaobian is still looking forward to more mainstream iPad apps migrating to MAC in the future

3. Can be approved using apple Watch

If you have an apple watch, you can also press the apple watch’s side button twice to verify the approval when unlocking the encrypted memo, confirming the app installation, etc. this function is also applicable to the password verification in the preferences of safari browser.

In a word, it can also be seen as a small progress of multi device collaboration brought by Mac OS Catalina.

3、 Other upgrade points

1. Screen usage time

The popular screen usage time feature on the iPhone has also been introduced to Mac OS Catalina. As on the iPhone, in the screen usage function, you can get a detailed report on the usage of the app, or set the usage limit for the bear child. When setting the usage limit, you can combine a certain kind of app, such as game or video, into the same group to set the usage limit uniformly. This function is mainly for bear children. Office workers like Xiaobian usually don’t use it specially.

2. Auxiliary functions

Apple’s products often incorporate a lot of “humanistic care” factors. In this Mac OS Catalina 10.15, it is mainly reflected in the upgrade of auxiliary functions. For example, Catalina adds voice control function, which enables users who cannot use traditional input devices to control their MAC completely through voice.

Hovering text is also an interesting function. When you hover the cursor over any text and press command, a special window will pop up on the screen to display high-resolution large font, which can make users with vision problems better see the text on the screen. In addition, you can change the font and color.

3. More secure

Mac OS Catalina 10.15 is also more secure. According to Apple’s introduction, Mac OS Catalina is equipped with an activation lock. With T2 security chip, only you can erase and reactivate your Mac; the app must first obtain the user’s permission to directly access the files in the “Manuscript” and “desktop” folders, icloud cloud disk and external storage.

In addition, Mac OS Catalina runs in a dedicated read-only volume, independent of all other data on the Mac, so there will be no unexpected overwriting of system files The introduction of these features will improve the security of Mac OS Catalina 10.15.

Summary: Apple’s multi platform integration is a big step forward

Before the arrival of Mac OS Catalina 10.15 official version, Xiaobian has had a period of experience with its preview version. Generally speaking, Mac OS Catalina 10.15 official version is more stable and more available. Of course, this is inevitable. Otherwise, how to call it official version?

In addition to being more stable and better to use, in the official version of Mac OS Catalina 10.15, we have to talk again about the idea of Apple’s multi platform integration, which is most obvious in Mac OS Catalina: the migration of iPad OS application to Mac OS platform, the linkage between iPad and MAC screen, the approval and verification of Apple watch, and the seamless switching of Apple’s own app on multi platform based on icloud In fact, these functions are the core of Mac OS Catalina, and other functions can only be said to be experience level repair.

Integration and interworking among multiple platforms of IOS, iPad OS, Mac OS and watch OS,Obviously, it will be the focus of Apple’s next software system change.

Of course, the operation difficulty of “multi platform integration” is huge. In Mac OS Catalina, there are also traces of astringency and groping. For example, there are some unnatural interaction modes when iPad and MAC screen are linked. For example, the project of iPad application migration is still in the “primary stage”, but these are harmless,It will also be improved with the passage of time and the accumulation of experience.

Every technology giant has a dream of “unification”, and there are many ways. Apple’s idea is not to build an aircraft carrier, but to build a warship array. From the perspective of Mac OS Catalina, Apple’s completion and experience are still guaranteed, and it can’t be overemphasized to do the best at present. What is more to be expected is always in the future.

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