What’s new in macOS?

Apple releases major OS upgrades annually, bringing hundreds of new features to your Mac. Apple’s tight integration between hardware, OS & apps means it’s vital to keep up-to-date. Upgrades are free, and most users upgrade quickly. You’ll need to have the latest macOS to use many new business & creative apps, as well as full compatibility with iPhone & iPad.

macOS Catalina 10.15 takes your privacy seriously, so from now on you’ll be asked if you want to show app notifications, download from a site, or allow apps to use functions. Bye bye iTunes… now 3 new apps replace it: Music, TV & Podcasts. The apps will look familiar to anyone who uses iPhone & iPad. Sync devices in Finder, or use iCloud.

Other Apple apps get new features. Share individual Notes or entire folders with others. Set Reminders for a person and see notifications on your Mac or iPhone when you text them. Screen Time makes the move from iPhone/iPad and also includes tighter parental controls.

With Sidecar, your iPad becomes a second display for your Mac. And get creative with Apple Pencil in Mac apps. Check out the redesigned App Store, as more iPad apps transition to Mac now that Apple makes it easier for developers.

Here’s a summary of what changed over the years

OS X Lion 10.7 (2011) brought multitouch gestures from Apple’s popular iPhone & iPad to the Mac and full-screen apps. The Mac App Store became the place to buy tens of thousands of programs for your Mac. And FaceTime arrived for communication with all iPhone, iPad & Mac users. 

OS X Mountain Lion 10.8 (2012) took it further with the all-new Contacts, Calendar, Reminders & Notes apps to make organization easy. Whether you add a phone number on your Mac or have Siri make an appointment on your iPhone, iCloud keeps all your Macs and devices in sync. Dictation types what you speak and it works in every app.

OS X Mavericks 10.9 brought the iBooks store and Maps app to the Mac. Passwords sync with all your Macs, iPhone & iPad. Finder added browser-style tabs and Tags help you organize your documents by topic, project, etc. Apple improved memory and battery performance too.

OS X Yosemite 10.10 (2014) was a profound change to the Mac interface – a cleaner, simpler design like modern iPhone & iPad. A completely new Photos app to store, organize, edit & share pictures & videos. New Widgets – miniature apps – are at your fingertips in Notification Center. Receive and send messages to any mobile phone and answer phone calls on your Mac. Start a doc on your Mac and finish it on your iPad with Handoff, or use your laptop’s internet functions anywhere you have a cell phone signal.

OS X El Capitan 10.11 (2015) made the Mac faster & more stable. The Photos app gains editing extensions. Notes include web clips, photos, sketches & maps, and sync with iPhone & iPad. Search Spotlight with natural language queries. Pin tabs your favorite sites in Safari. Mail parses the message and offers to create an event on your calendar. Split View improves full-screen apps.

macOS Sierra (2016) brought Siri & Apple Pay to the Mac and the option to sync your entire desktop & documents folders between Macs, iPhone & iPad. The Photos app added Memories. A new Storage window helps identify why your drive is full and simple one-click ways to fix it. 

Creative Tech Support makes upgrading easy. We’ll come ready to install so you’ll skip the 2 hour download per Mac. And skip the downtime.

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We’ll load the latest macOS with Apple’s creative & business software – Photos, iMovie, GarageBand, Pages, Numbers & Keynote.
Then we’ll test the system, making sure everything works.

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