Skip to comments.MacOS Catalina review: Apple lets the Mac be a pro, and makes the iPad a partner
Posted on 10/08/2019 8:52:07 AM PDT by Loud Mime
If you've been a fan of the Mac during the past decade, you've probably felt like a kid who had been an only child until their parents surprised everyone by having a baby late in life. But, this wasn't just any new baby. The little wunderkind went on to become a straight-A student, a sports star and a decent human being loved by everyone in the community. Every once in a while, people remember that the kid has an older sibling -- who they admit is pretty cool, too. That's the Mac.
But, after more than a decade of living in the shadow of the iPhone, the Mac is having a comeback year in 2019. At WWDC in June, Apple not only unveiled the next generation of Mac software -- MacOS 10.15 Catalina -- but also announced a new Mac Pro with the kind of eye-popping specs that professionals have all but begged Apple to make for years. Apple paired it with a matching Pro Display XDR, with even more impressive features. Both products start at $5,999 and are aimed at the highest of high-end creators, like special effects artists, animators and movie studios.
(Excerpt) Read more at cnet.com ...
Nothing like comparing computer equipment to children.
What a metaphor. It shows the total nuttiness of the Silicon Valley mind. We have come a long way—downhill—since Star Trek. I for one am totally disgusted with this c**p.
I’ve never understood why PC’s and Macs weren’t tightly integrated at the hip with hand helds.
Flawless download and install, as it has been everytime in the past 10 years.
No cost, unlike the money I had to shell out to MSFT over the decades.
Catalina runs smooth and the notices it gives make a lot of sense. So far, I’m impressed.
But, I prefer to buy my apps once instead of subscribing to them. I don’t like Microsoft one bit for their tactic.
I do a LOT of work on the computer, so its system is important to me. This is a good step in the right direction.
You can buy Microsoft apps as standalone, non-subscription apps. I’m using Excel and Publisher 2000 (Office 2000 standalone apps) no problem under Windows 10 compatibility mode. Apple can’t beat that value.
Also bought Word 2016 as a standalone app for $99 ... I’m not a total cheapskate.
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My MacBook Air is 2010. Can’t get Catalina. Have been looking at the new 13 Mac Air. $1200-$1700. MacBook Pro is just too much $$.
My desktop dates from 2010.
The single OS was complete foolishness. A good API and object model will do just fine.
As a (former) Silicon Valley semiconductor process engineer, my chips are my children, not as precious as my flesh and blood kids, but they’ve traveled further, by millions or perhaps billions of miles. They’ve increased human knowledge, saved lives, and created innumerable jobs. And they’ve never asked me for money...
She doesn’t use it at all, but my wife’s newish Dell laptop has an app that lets you duplicate your iPhone screen on the PC screen. Would be handy for texting and such, using your PC keyboard.
Should you download Catalina?
If there is one of these new features that you’re ready to start using right away, then Catalina is likely worth the download. For example, if you’re a designer and you want the new drawing capabilities of Sidecar to use in Photoshop or your family has already purchased Apple Arcade and you want to be able to use it from your Mac, then those are good reasons to jump into Catalina.
However, if you just have a general sense that you’re looking forward to trying out what’s in Catalina, then I’d recommend waiting for a month until after Catalina’s first few incremental updates. That will give you a stable system that’s more bug-free. Catalina is fairly stable, especially compared to the early releases of iOS 13 and iPadOS this year, but that’s safe advice for most operating system upgrades. Don’t put this on the machine you use to make money yet, but definitely load it on a secondary machine or a laptop or a older Mac that you still keep around — so you can get a taste of the Mac’s future.
Speaking of which Macs you can install Catalina on, here’s the official model list from Apple: MacBook Air (Mid 2012 or later), MacBook Pro (Mid 2012 or later), MacBook (Early 2015 or later), iMac (Late 2012 or later), iMac Pro (2017), Mac Pro (Late 2013 or later), and Mac Mini (Late 2012 or later).
One last caveat: Catalina ends support for 32-bit apps, so if you still rely on any older Mac apps then make sure you upgrade them or find alternatives before you update to the new MacOS.
I can tell you the latest 7nm process is a real monster.
Makes 14nm seem like a walk in the park.
On the positive note, we should see a speed increase.
And a price reduction.
Apple macOS Catalina
By Edward Mendelson PC Magazine October 7, 2019
The release of macOS Catalina, now available as a free download for everyone with a compatible Apple computer, adds efficiency, security, elegance, and smoothly integrated enhancements to the already-excellent Mojave version released last year. Catalina is the fifteenth release of what Apple used to call OS X, and, like earlier versions, builds on its solid and secure Unix-based foundation. As you'd expect, Catalina runs smoothly and reliably even in its first release, butdespite the many appealing new features in Catalinacautious users may prefer to wait for the bug fixes in the first point release before updating an existing machine.
This is an excerpt, read more at the full review at PC Magazines Apple macOS Catalina Review.
Im not sure I understand your comment...
You can buy Microsoft apps as standalone, non-subscription apps. Im using Excel and Publisher 2000 (Office 2000 standalone apps) no problem under Windows 10 compatibility mode. Apple cant beat that value.
Apple includes word processor, presentation, spreadsheet, publishing free with every Mac.
Updates are free.
System software is free.
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