• April Muldrew

MacOS Catalina Has Released and Officially Killed iTunes But What the Heck Does This Mean?



I’m an avid Apple user. Ok, let me rephrase that: I’m a consistent iPhone user who upgrades her phone every couple of years (I still have the iphone7, and instead of judging do me a favor and just refer to me as the modern-day Sara Jessica Parker. Ok?)





Anywho, as I was on my quest to find the latest and greatest tea to serve to my A-listers today, I ended up stumbling across this huge Apple software release that’s apparently been a thing in the making for some time now – the macOS Catalina.


And since I have quite a few friends who are Mac users I thought I’d do the honors and drop a few deets on what’s new and what to expect when updating your Mac.


Say Bye-Bye To iTunes


“Rest in peace, my true love, who I took for granted. Most bomb iTunes who, because of me, sleep evaded. Her god listening. Her heaven will be a love without betrayal. Ashes to ashes, dust to side macOS Catalina.”



Ok so, maybe Beyonce’s Lemonade poem didn’t quite go like that, but it was fitting, right?


Bottom line, iTunes is dead in macOS Catalina, and it’s been replaced by three separate apps: Apple TV, Apple Music and Podcasts. Apparently, it’s a smart move, since Apple users have complained for years about how clunky and bloated iTunes has become. Now everything is separated into different places and a lot of users are raving about the fact that they don’t have to dig around iTunes to find movies or the music tab – they can simply open the app for what they need instead.


Apple Arcade



Gamers, this one’s for you. Apple Arcade recently launched on iPhones and iPads, and now it’s on the Mac as well. This is Apple’s $5 per month premium game service. Some games support Xbox One or PS4 controllers that you can easily connect with Bluetooth and use to control a game. There aren’t as many games in Apple Arcade for Mac as there are on iPhones and iPads, but new games are launching soon and will continue to be released.


Mac Catalyst


Long paragraph short, you’ll be able to bring existing iPad apps to the Mac, even some of your faves that weren’t available on your computer.


So How Do You Upgrade Sis?



Glad you asked. Before doing anything, make sure you’ve backed up everything you need. Then plug your Mac in and make sure you’re connected to a fast Wi-Fi network. And above all, have your phone or favorite television show handy because you’ll need about an hour or so of free time where you don’t need to use your computer.


Instructions:

· Tap the Apple icon on the top left of your computer screen.

· Select System Preferences.

· Choose Software update.

· Your computer will install macOS Catalina.


And that’s it! You’ve officially helped me feel tech savvy in under 2 minutes.

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