Apple’s latest operating system, macOS Catalina is finally out. Inspired by Santa Catalina Island, the successor of Mojave, macOS 10.15 brings a lot of exciting features and a number of notable changes to its hundreds of millions of users around the world.
MacOS Catalina has been unveiled at the WWDC event in June 2019 and was in beta until 7 October 2019, allowing developers to test the software and report any problems to Apple. The new operating system ends support for 32-bit apps, meaning that some older apps may no longer work after installing the update.
Endpoint Protector is committed to supporting macOS and it continues its history of offering zero-day support for Apple’s new operating systems.
Kernel extension (KEXT) notarization is nothing new to 10.15, as previous releases on 10.14 already needed them. This gives users more confidence that the software they download and run has been checked for known security issues. The latest macOS Client Version of Endpoint Protector is notarized under the Apple notarization requirement and is compliant with the latest macOS software distribution requirements.
We encourage Endpoint Protector users working on macOS computers to confidently deploy macOS Catalina, as our product is compatible with the update, thus their data will continue to be protected and its security will not be compromised.
macOS Catalina: A Short Review
One of the most important changes in the latest macOS is that iTunes has been eliminated and has been replaced by three new standalone apps: Apple Music, Podcasts and TV. The function of these apps is similar to what iTunes offered, but they are split up by feature.
Sidecar is among the most exciting updates that Catalina brings; it is a new built-in tool which allows users to extend their workspace. With this feature iPads can be used as secondary displays for a Mac or MacBook device both wired and wirelessly.
Along with new features, a lot of existing features have been improved. Popular apps like Photos, Notes, Reminders and Safari have undergone significant changes.
Security measures are enhanced in macOS 10.15 and thus ensure better protection against tampering as well as give users better control over the data their apps access. Gatekeeper, Apple’s security protocol, checks all apps for known security issues. In Catalina there is also a dedicated system volume which helps improve data privacy.
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