Your Mac laptop is getting a huge refresh this fall, thanks to MacOS that Apple will ship this fall. With it, Apple with three separate apps: Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and Apple TV — yes, for Mac. The update will also let they can download through the Mac App Store, and use an iPad as a second screen, much in the way you might use a monitor. — some visible, some under the hood., the next version of
Apple may have unveiled MacOS Catalina at its annualevent for developers, but the implications touch nearly every Mac owner around the world.
MacOS Catalina is also coming to the, which pairs with a and an . (You can see what the for free.)
Apple’s yearly update shakes things up with a renewed focus on services, an important part of the way that Apple keeps its user base loyal. The Silicon Valley bigwig may pale in comparison to Microsoft users globally, but Apple has always used its apps and services ecosystem to create an aura of cult status. The excitement of Mac owners in using Apple’s new tools is key to the company retaining its reputation among app-makers and fans.
iTunes will be no more
The death of iTunes is a big one, but Apple isn’t leaving you in the lurch when MacOS Catalina launches. Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and Apple TV will replace nearly all of iTunes’ functions. Syncing your iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch won’t happen within iTunes, but the tools are still there in the Finder app.
Project Catalyst will bring mobile apps to Mac
Using the new, third-party iPad developers will be able to bring their iPad apps to the Mac. Apple’s goal for developers is to help them build apps without a lot of extra effort that can run on the new and MacOS devices. Mac users will benefit by getting access to an expanded collection of MacOS apps.
At last year’s conference, Apple announced it would bring a handful of its own iOS apps to MacOS Mojave — the iOS News, Stocks, Voice Memos and Home apps — and then give third-party iOS developers the they’d need to bring their own iOS apps to the Mac App Store in 2019. We’re still waiting for the iOS element to arrive.
Apple Sidecar will bring a second screen for your Mac
In MacOS Catalina, Apple Sidecar will let you. The update will also come with a new accessibility tool called Voice Control that will let users drive their Macs with their voice.
When and how to use MacOS Catalina
To run Catalina, you’ll need a MacBook 2015 or later; MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac Mini or iMac 2012 or later; iMac Pro 2017 or later; or Mac Pro 2013 or later.
Originally published June 3, 11:48 a.m. PT.
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