macOS Catalina

The power of Mac. Taken further.

macOS Catalina gives you more of everything you love about Mac. Experience music, TV and podcasts in three all-new Mac apps. Enjoy your favourite iPad apps now on your Mac. Extend your workspace and expand your creativity with iPad and Apple Pencil. And discover smart new features in the apps you use every day. Now you can take everything you do above and beyond.

Coming This Autumn

Music, TV and podcasts take centre stage.

iTunes forever changed the way people experienced music, films and podcasts. It all changes again with three all-new, dedicated apps — Music, Apple TV and Apple Podcasts — each designed from the ground up to be the best way to enjoy entertainment on your Mac. And rest assured: everything you had in your iTunes library is still accessible in each app. Syncing happens automatically in the background, and you can still back up your device or change your sync settings by connecting directly to your Mac.

Presenting Apple Music on Mac.

The new Music app is the ultimate music streaming experience on Mac.1 Explore a library of 50 million songs, discover new artists and tracks, find the perfect playlist or listen to all the music you’ve collected over the years. And find it all in your music library on all your devices.

Bad Times at the El Royale is available on the Apple TV app

Apple TV. Premiering on Mac.

The Apple TV app for Mac is the new home for all your favourite films and — coming soon — Apple TV+. Watch everything directly in the app while you discover the best of what’s on in the Watch Now tab. You can even pick up where you left off on any screen, across all your devices. And for the first time, 4K2 and Dolby Atmos3–supported films are available on Mac.

Listen up. Podcasts on Mac.

More than 700,000 of the best entertainment, comedy, news and sport shows are now available on your Mac with Apple Podcasts. Search for podcasts by title, topic, guest, host and more. Subscribe and be notified as soon as new episodes become available. And in the Listen Now tab, you can easily pick up where you left off across all your devices.

The apps you love.
Now on your Mac.

Experience your favourite iPad apps coming soon to Mac. Now developers can easily create Mac apps from the iPad apps you already know and love. They run natively alongside your existing Mac apps so you can drag and drop content between them. And take full advantage of the larger screen and powerful architecture of your Mac to provide a seamless experience across your devices. Enjoy a broad range of Mac apps, with everything from travel, entertainment and gaming to banking, education and project management.

Even more amazing Mac apps. Even more amazing Mac apps

Developers are continuing to build for Catalyst as many more of your favourite iPad apps will be coming to Mac.

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The apps you use every day, made extraordinary.

With macOS Catalina, the apps you love are now more beautiful and intelligent than ever. So your everyday tasks are easier than ever.

Photos

Focus on your best shots.

Photos has a new immersive, dynamic look that showcases your photos and memories. See only the best shots in your library, without the duplicates and clutter. Browse your favourite photos by days, months and years, and get larger previews of all your photos. And Photos is even smarter, so it can highlight important moments like birthdays, anniversaries and trips.

Notes

Easier to find. And easier to share.

A new gallery view and more powerful search help you find your notes quicker than ever. Shared folders enable you to collaborate on entire folders of notes with another person or a group. And new checklist options let you move completed items to the bottom, quickly reorder items using drag and drop, and more.

Reminders

Organisation.
Reorganised.

The Reminders app has been completely rebuilt, with an all-new design and new ways to easily create, organise and keep track of reminders. Add attachments to reminders, use the quick toolbar to create new reminders and let Siri suggest new ones found in Messages. Smart lists automatically organise and display your upcoming reminders. And if you tag someone in a reminder, you’ll be notified the next time you’re chatting in Messages.

Safari

Start browsing.
Faster.

An updated start page helps you easily and quickly access your favourites and frequently visited sites. And Siri suggestions indicate bookmarks, links from your reading list, iCloud Tabs, links you receive in Messages and more.

Extend your desktop. With iPad.

Sidecar lets you extend your workspace by using your iPad as a second Mac display. Work in one app while you reference another or view your artwork on your Mac while you use tools and palettes on your iPad. You can also mirror the screens so they both display the same content, making it perfect for sharing exactly what you see with others.

Express your creativity. With Apple Pencil.

Bring the ease and precision of Apple Pencil to your favourite creative Mac apps with Sidecar.4 Use Apple Pencil to design in Illustrator, edit photos in Affinity Photo or create 3D models in ZBrush. And the handy sidebar puts essential Command, Control and Shift keys right at your fingertips.

Make your mark on Mac.

Use Apple Pencil for everyday tasks like drawing and sketching, or marking up screenshots and PDFs. You can easily insert a sketch from your iPad into any document on your Mac.

Powerful apps. Made even more powerful.

Discover all the amazing apps that are compatible with Sidecar, including illustration, photography and 3D apps.

See more apps for Sidecar

Adobe Illustrator

Affinity Photo

Cinema 4D

Maya

ZBrush

Screen Time.
Now on Mac.

macOS Catalina brings all your favourite Screen Time features to Mac, giving you greater insight into how you’re spending your time. Monitor usage, schedule downtime, and set limits for both apps and websites across all your devices. And with Family Sharing, you can set app and communication limits for your kids to help them focus on the right things.

Communication Limits

Communication Limits let you choose who your children can communicate with throughout the day and during Downtime, so you can make sure they’re always reachable.

Combined Limits

With Combined Limits it’s easy to combine categories, specific apps and websites into a single limit. So now you can set a limit for a group of apps and websites, like gaming or entertainment.

One More Minute

Get that extra minute you need when you run out of time. You’ll get a notification when you’ve reached your time limit, so you can quickly wrap up a conversation, save a file or close a game session before your time runs out.

Increased security.
Greater privacy.

With macOS Catalina, there are enhanced security features to better protect macOS against tampering, help ensure that the apps you use are safe, and give you greater control over access to your data. And it’s even easier to find your Mac if it’s lost or stolen.

Hardware.

The Apple T2 Security Chip keeps your Mac secure by ensuring that you’re running trusted software and automatically encrypting your stored data. It also provides secure authentication for Touch ID and secure payments for Apple Pay. And macOS Catalina features Activation Lock, so only you can erase and reactivate your Mac.

Dedicated system volume.

macOS Catalina runs in its own read-only volume, so it’s separate from all other data on your Mac and nothing can accidentally overwrite your system files. And Gatekeeper ensures that new apps you install have been checked for known security issues before you run them, so you’re always using good software.

Data.

Apps must now get your permission before directly accessing files in your Documents and Desktop folders, iCloud Drive and external volumes, so you’re always in control of your data. And you’ll be prompted before any app can capture keyboard activity or a photo or video of your screen.

Find My

The new Find My app combines Find My iPhone and Find My Friends into a single, easy-to-use app on Mac, iPadOS and iOS devices. Find My can help you locate a missing Mac — even if it’s offline and sleeping — by sending out Bluetooth signals that can be detected by Apple devices in use nearby. These devices then relay the detected location of your Mac to iCloud so you can locate it in the Find My app.

It’s all anonymous and end-to-end encrypted so no one, including Apple, knows the identity of any reporting device. And because the reporting happens silently using tiny bits of data that piggyback on existing network traffic, there’s no need to worry about your battery life, your data usage or your privacy.

Approve with Apple Watch

Double-click the side button of your Apple Watch to authenticate on your Mac. Unlock a locked note, approve app installations and view your passwords in Safari preferences without having to enter one.

Introducing Voice Control. Total access to all your devices.

macOS Catalina includes new features to help everyone get the most out of Mac. Voice Control lets users who don’t use traditional input devices control Mac, iPadOS and iOS devices entirely with their voice. New tools for users with low vision allow them to zoom a second display or view high-resolution text for items below a cursor.

Voice Control

Easily navigate your Mac using just your voice. Improved dictation and richer text editing features make writing more efficient, while comprehensive commands let you open and interact with apps. Navigate an app with numbered labels next to clickable items or by superimposing a grid to precisely select, zoom and drag.

Zoom your second display

If you have two screens, you can keep one screen zoomed in close while the other remains at a standard resolution. It’s great for everyday work and giving a presentation.

Hover Text

Hover Text makes it easier to view text on your Mac display. Just hover over any text with your cursor and press Control. You’ll get a dedicated window with large, high-resolution text. You can even choose the fonts and colours.

See all the new features.

macOS Catalina gives users powerful ways to do amazing things. So you can create and discover like never before.

Apple Beta Software Programme

Help make the next releases of iOS, iPadOS, macOS and tvOS our best yet. As a member of the Apple Beta Software Programme, you can take part in shaping Apple software by test‑driving pre‑release versions and letting us know what you think.

See if your Mac can run macOS Catalina.

MacBook

2015 and later

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MacBook Air

2012 and later

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MacBook Pro

2012 and later

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Mac mini

2012 and later

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iMac

2012 and later

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iMac Pro

2017 and later

(all models)

Mac Pro

2013 and later

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New tools to build new worlds.

If you can imagine it, you can create it. ARKit 3 gives you new tools to build incredible experiences on the world’s largest AR platform.

Develop for macOS Catalina.

The Apple SDK will create enormous possibilities for developers to create apps that will work across Mac, iPhone and iPad.

iPadOS

What’s in a name?
Quite a lot, actually.

iOS 13

A whole new look.
On a whole new level.

watchOS 6

More insightful. More delightful.