macOS Catalina is Available To Download Today

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It’s happening a little later in the season than usual, but Apple’s latest version of macOS is available to download today. From a report: Catalina arrives on the heels of iOS 13, which saw several back-to-back updates after an initially rough launch. For what it’s worth, I’ve been using successive versions of the Catalina beta as my daily driver for months now and can assure you that the latest build is stable enough to safely install. […] Speaking of games, today also marks the first time that Catalina beta users will have been able to play Apple Arcade games. If you’re wondering how the heck you’ll play those titles from your Mac, it’s worth a reminder that many Arcade games support Xbox and PlayStation controllers.

Also new in this release: As you browse episodes in the podcast app, you’ll see avatars for guests and hosts. Apple also says it’s made some small usability tweaks to Sidecar, the feature that allows you to use an iPad as a secondary Mac display. You’ll also notice more promotional Apple TV+ material in the new TV app, which makes sense — the streaming service launches November 1st. 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. Further reading: Apple’s MacOS Catalina Opens Up To iPad Apps; Apple Will Permanently Remove Dashboard In macOS Catalina; Apple Replaces Bash With Zsh as the Default Shell in macOS Catalina; and Apple Finally Kills iTunes.

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