Apple’s macOS Catalina Update Is Now Available: Here’s Our List of Support Systems

Apple quietly released macOS Catalina last night, so it’s been quite the exciting morning. Catalina is Apple’s 15th generation of OSX, and it’s come some way since it’s original conception. It’s not all good news, however, because if you are part of the rare group that liked iTunes, you’ll have a hole to fill once you update. iTunes is no more! Instead, Apple has split each function to they’re own individual dedicated apps (which make so much more sense) such as Apple Music, Syncing and backup, Apple TV, Apple Arcade and more.

We’ve shortlisted a few noteworthy additions to Catalina which you may recognise from iOS!

Sidecar
You can now use your iPad as a second display. If you’ve ever used iOS applications such as duet, you’ll love sidecar as you can expand your work surface across two displays while also being able to use touch input and the Apple Pencil on your iPad.

Find My
Hunting for your laptop just got a lot easier, and with the help of the T2 security chip in the latest models, you’ll be able to lock your computer down from thieves. They’ll be less likely to want to steal your laptop knowing it’s a paperweight at the flick of a switch.

Screen Time
For parents, this is a must-have. Screen time allows you to take control of what your child can see, do and for how long. You can set usage limits for applications and websites to limit game playing time and video watching.

What Macs Are Supported

If you’re unsure what model you are running, then click the Apple symbol at the top left of your screen then navigate to about this Mac. You’ll see your model and year there.

  • MacBook (Early 2015 or newer)
  • MacBook Air (Mid 2012 or newer)
  • MacBook Pro (Mid 2012 or newer)
  • Mac mini (Late 2012 or newer)
  • iMac (Late 2012 or newer)
  • iMac Pro (2017)
  • Mac Pro (Late 2013 or newer)

For Mac Pro users we have checked compatibility with the 4,1 and 5,1 models, and we’ve found that you require a 3rd party patch to be able to run Catalina. You do this at your own risk.