Apple macOS Catalina replaces Apple Music, Apple Podcast and iTunes with Apple
macOS Catalina brings new accessibility features, iPad app support for MacOS, and more.
Apple has announced the next version of its macOS, called Catalina. As expected, the company is shutting down iTunes with a new OS update and it will be replaced by Apple Music, Apple Podcast and Apple TV app. MacOS Catalina’s new Apple Music app has a refined look with a sidebar that is reminiscent of iTunes. Apple Podcasts will now be able to index local files, while the Apple TV app has been updated to support 4K HDR playback with Dolby Vision, HDR 10 and Dolby Atmos. Additionally, a sync feature will now appear in Finder’s sidebar when someone connects their device using a cable to sync their media.
The highlight of the MacOS Catalina announcement is the addition of iPad app support. Project Catalyst will enable developers to port their iPad apps to Mac, and developers will be able to target their iPad apps to the new MacOS using Xcode. In this fall, the Cumin Cloud, Twitter and Asphalt 9 apps should be ported to Mac.
Apple has also introduced new accessibility controls with MacOS Catalina. A Mac can now be fully operated using voice commands using on-device Siri Speech Recognition technology. Users will be able to interact with apps via new labels and grids, and are expected to occur on all audio processing devices. The voice control accessibility feature is also available on iOS and iPadOS. Moving toward security, GetKiper will now test all apps for known security issues, while all apps need permission before accessing user documents for new data protection.
Apple Watch also has authentication that allows users to approve security prompts by tapping the button next to their Apple Watch. Activation lock support comes for all Macs, including the T2 security chip, and Apple is integrating the Find My iPhone and Find My Friends apps into the “Find My” app. The new app is asked to retrieve the location of a lost or stolen Mac and return it to the owner anonymously by another Apple device while offline.
macOS Catalina will also feature a new Sidecar option used to set up an enhanced display for the Mac and to set up “a high-precision drawing tablet across supported Mac apps”. This means that anyone will now be able to use an iPad as an enhanced display for their Mac. Additionally, when using an Apple Pencil, they can use their iPad to draw, sketch or write on any Mac app that supports stylus input. The Sidecar option works wirelessly and can also be used with Final Cut Pro X for video editing, drawing with Adobe Illustrator, or marking up iWork documents.
“With macOS Catalina, we’re launching new apps for the Mac, starting with Apple Music, Apple Podcast, and newer versions of the Apple TV app,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering. “Users will appreciate how they can expand their workspace with Sidecar, enabling new ways to interact with Mac apps using the iPad and Apple Pencil ৷ and with new developer technology, users will see more great third-party apps on Mac this fall.”