Apple hasn’t told us when we can expect the public release of macOS Catalina, but a clue on one of Apple’s regional websites suggests that it could very well be next week.
On Apple’s Danish website, it notes that Apple Arcade will launch on the Mac App Store on October 4. Given that Apple Arcade requires macOS Catalina to work, it suggests that this might be when Apple’s next-gen macOS will debut.
Other regional Apple webpages feature the same “Play extraordinary” tagline. However, they don’t mention a specific date. The U.S. webpage just notes that Apple Arcade is “coming to the Mac App Store in October.”
This will be the latest that Apple has released a new version of macOS since macOS (or OS X as it was still known at the time) Yosemite in 2014. For the past four years, macOS has launched in September. This year, Catalina has been pushed back to October.
It also typically ships in the first half of the week. That could mean that macOS Catalina could turn up as soon as Monday. Or it could mean that Apple may break from recent tradition and unleash its latest macOS on a Friday. Either way, it seems that our days of waiting for macOS Catalina could be nearing an end.
What to look forward to in macOS Catalina
The biggest change with Catalina is that it splits iTunes up into several apps. Instead of one bloated piece of software that performs multiple functions, Catalina has three new apps: Apple Music, Apple Podcast and Apple TV.
There’s also the debut of ScreenTime on Mac, having previously been available only to iOS users. Meanwhile, Sidecar lets Mac users use their iPads as a second display. Finally, Catalyst makes it easier to port iPad apps over to the Mac.
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