Family Calendar Sharing with Google Calendar
Do you need to share calendars using Google accounts and don’t know where to start? Book a session with me where we will set up calendars for everyone in the family and share them with others. If some are using iCloud or other services, we will move everything to the Google account so it’s all nice and simple. You can check out my calendar and book something here!
Last week Apple released macOS Catalina. Keep reading for some highlights of new features released with this new OS. MacRumors has a pretty detailed list here if you want to dive deeper. As always, confirm your Time Machine backup before you upgrade just in case!
iTunes has been replaced
iTunes has been replaced with Music, TV, and Podcasts now being their own independent apps.
The Music app has full access to your music library, just like in iTunes, regardless of whether the songs were purchased or uploaded from a CD.
The Apple TV app is similar to the Apple TV app on Apple TV and iOS devices. It gives you access to TV and movie content on your Mac.
In the new Podcasts app, you can access your Podcast library which you used to find in iTunes. From there you can manage your library, view top charts, and check out the new editor-curated categories.
Attach an iPad Sidecar to Your Mac
The new Sidecar feature lets you turn your iPad into a display for your Mac. You can extend your display or mirror it so both screens display the same content. You can even turn your iPad into a drawing tablet in apps like Photoshop while keeping the project live on your Mac.
The Reminders app has a new look. With smart lists, attachment support, and messages integration, it is now easier to organize your reminders so they work for you. Don’t forget you can say, “Hey Siri set a reminder for <what you want to be reminded of and when>” if you think of something and don’t have a chance to type the reminder into the app.
Now share entire folders as well as individual notes. You can limit collaborators to a read-only mode so you don’t have accidental edits. There is a new gallery view that shows thumbnails instead of a scrolling list. There are also new checklist features for moving list items. The checked items move to the bottom of the list and you can easily uncheck the items to reuse the list again.
Apple has simplified the organization of your photos. Now making it easier to find photos by making thumbnails different sizes to focus attention on the best images in your library, and organized by days, months, and years. You can now edit Memory movies on both Mac and iOS as well.
Screen Time Replaces Parental Controls
Screen Time helps you monitor app usage and lets you set limits on specific categories of apps. You can also manage what your kids can do on their iOS devices and for how long.
To set this up, head over to the new Screen Time pane of System Preferences. There you will also find several privacy controls.