macOS Catalina, a change for iTunes users

As most Mac users now know, each recent OS version has been given the name of a California landmark. The most current macOS version is 10.15 or Catalina.

With this new OS, there are some changes which users may not be familiar with right away, however Apple have kept in mind, the improvement of user experience with this release.

There are two major changes in the version, changes to the traditional iTunes we are used to and 32-bit applications. First let talk more about the changes to iTunes.

Don’t worry, there’s no need for panic, Apple hasn’t completely removed iTunes from it’s OS. Instead, think of iTunes as being split into separate categories for music, podcasts and TV. This feature has already been implemented across it’s iOS devices.

All existing purchase will still be available and iTunes as a brand will still be accessible, however now through the respective categories (music, movies, podcasts etc).

For PC owners, Apple has not made any changes to this version of the application and it looks as though it will still be developed for the Windows environment.

Let’s talk about the second major change to Catalina. This is the support of 32-bit applications. Mojave currently issues a warning when a 32-bit application is launched and advises that this may not be supported in future versions of macOS.

What this means is that macOS Catalina only supports 64-bit applications. This should also apply for all future updates from hearon. Again, this is something that has already been incorporated into Apples iOS devices.

You can also expect that any older apps would lose compatibility unless they are also upgraded to a 64-bit version. It would be a good idea to check all your apps before upgrading and if required, seek a replacement should there not be a 64-bit version available.

Here is the currently compatibility list of machines which can be upgraded to Catalina.

  • MacBook Pro (mid 2012 and newer)
  • MacBook Air (mid 2012 and newer)
  • MacBook (early 2015 and later)
  • iMac (late 2012 or newer)
  • iMac Pro (2017 or newer)
  • Mac Pro (late 2013 or newer)
  • Mac Mini (late 2012 or newer)

To check your mac version, simply click on the Apple Logo in the top right hand corner and then “about this mac”. You will find your model number and also the current macOS version.