By Amber Neely
Tuesday, June 4, 2019, 3:46 p.m. Pacific time (6:46 p.m. Eastern time)
After digging into the first beta version of Catalina macOS 10.15, one thing has become quite clear: Dashboard is being officially removed in favor of the Notification Center.
You can not access the dashboard icon, transferred from a previous Mac configuration, in the first beta version of Catalina macOS from Apple.
Dashboard was first introduced in OS X 10.4 Tiger and acted as a dedicated center for widgets, such as weather, calculator, timer and third-party software.
However, if user interest is lost, Dashboard was disabled by default in OS X 10.10 Yosemite, to be replaced by the Notification Center. It is still disabled in macOS 10.14 Mojave, which requires users to enable the function manually if they wish to use it.
In macOS Catalina, Dashboard is completely absent. It can not be enabled through the Mission Control and the code so that the function that will be removed from the operating system is released to the developers on Monday. In Launchpad, the Dashboard icon is a large question mark, similar to iTunes, which will soon be replaced by Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and Apple TV stand-alone applications.
Appleosophy tried to use the Terminal to force the Dashboard to disable and enable. Normally, this action would return an inactive panel, but it did not. The control panel was still missing, regardless of the forced restart.
With Dashboard not long in this world, users will rely on the hub for small-sized applets to need their own customizable Mac Notification Center. The Today view of the feature assimilates most Dashboard features, including the ability to install third-party widgets.