How Long the macOS Catalina Update Takes to Install

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Apple has signalled the end of its legendary music software iTunes, relegating its key components to individual apps in the latest macOS update. The update is available for all Macs introduced in mid-2012 and later. As has been heavily reported, the new OS brings with it the demise of iTunes, replacing the long-serving app with Music, a new music library and streaming app that combines Apple Music and what was your iTunes library.

Speaking of games, today also marks the first time that Catalina beta users will have been able to play Apple Arcade games. However, this feature does not appear to be compatible with some older iPads, and won't work with the iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 4 or 5th-generation iPad.

Although Apple seeds macOS updates automatically, if you've disabled that option, you can manually check the update availability on your Mac by going to System Preferences Software Update after going into the Apple menu from the top-left corner of your screen. You can connect wirelessly, so this works at home as well as on the go, to amp up your productivity. Some of the apps using the technology include Twitter, GoodNotes, TripIt from SAP, and others.

The break-up of iTunes into a number of separate apps has also led to issues, affecting DJs in particular.

Instead, iTunes has effectively been split into three: Apple Music, Apple TV and Podcasts.

With Sidecar, iPad Pro and Apple Pencil owners can draw on their iPads display in apps like Adobe Illustrator and iWork and the content will show up on their Mac. "And because they are built from their iOS versions, they provide a seamless experience across your devices", said Apple. As you'd expect, it brings a handful of big new features without fundamentally changing much about your day-to-day macOS routine. Voice Control is a whole new way for users to control Mac and iOS devices entirely with their voice.

Backups and iPhone syncs will be handled by Finder from here on out, FYI.

Additionally, the Safari browser now boasts an overhauled start page which uses Siri suggestions to recommend frequently-visited sites and bookmarks.

The exact macOS Catalina installation time will vary from users to user due to download speeds, and demand for the update.



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