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macOS Catalina Tips, Tricks, and More

macOS Catalina includes a number of new features, new ways to perform tasks, and of course a few hidden features and tricks, not all of which have been discovered yet. Of course, that’s what we expect from a new version of the macOS. In this Rocket Yard guide, we’ll take a look at tips and…
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Upgrade Install macOS Catalina

How to Upgrade Install macOS Catalina Safely

If you’re getting ready to install macOS Catalina on your Mac, you have some preparations to make and a few choices to make. While many people just download the new operating system and let the installer do its thing,...

Voice Control Comes to macOS Catalina

Voice Control, a new feature coming to the macOS in the fall of 2019, will allow you to control your device with spoken words. Improved versions for iOS and iPadOS will be released around the same time. While it’s...

How to Clean Install macOS Catalina

macOS Catalina is usually installed as an upgrade over an existing version of the Mac OS. But you can also perform a clean install, which places a pristine version of macOS Catalina on a drive of your choice.  A...

Apple's new Music App overlaid with iTunes logo 🎵 Rocking Out with the Music...
For some reason, it seems as if iTunes is the app people love to hate. So when macOS Catalina drove a stake through the heart of the iTunes app, splitting it...

Mosaic of mac applications you should have 10 Mac Apps You May Not...
We all have favorite apps that we tend to install right away on a new Mac. For the most part, these are the apps we use every day to...

Graphic showing apple's gatekeeper and user privacy icons 10 Non-Intrusive Security Changes in macOS...
macOS Catalina has some interesting new features, including Screen Time and Sidecar, and new apps, including Music, Podcasts, and Apple TV, that essentially replace iTunes. But behind the scenes,...

How to Create a Bootable macOS...
A bootable version of the macOS Catalina installer is one of the often-overlooked tools a Mac user should have on hand before upgrading to or performing a clean install...

How to Use Apple Maps to...
The Apple Maps app has been included with the Mac OS since the release of OS X Mavericks. The Maps app provides mapping services that include directions, turn-by-turn navigation,...

Screen shot of macOS Sidecar from WWDC2019 How to Use Sidecar to Unite...
Beginning with macOS Catalina and iPadOS 13, the new Sidecar service allows you to utilize your iPad as a secondary screen. If you’re thinking this is not new, that third-party...

Microsoft Edge Insider Channels Microsoft Edge Browser: How Does It...
If you’ve been using Macs for a while, you may remember when Microsoft was offering Internet Explorer for the Mac. There was even a 5-year period (1997 through 2003)...