03 June 2019
Apple started talking about Mac lineup by announcing two new hardware products but also revealed the expected macOS upgrade. The new software version has been named macOS Catalina and it will be succeeding last year's macOS Mojave. The new version brings a bunch of new apps and a new feature called Sidecar among all the changes.
Starting with apps, Apple has broken down the iconic iTunes application into three individual apps. These are Apple Music, Apple Podcasts, and Apple TV which will be focused on a particular aspect. The Apple Music app will be home to all the music collection of users regardless of how they obtained access. The new app is said to be lightning fast and easy to use.
The new Apple Podcasts app has a catalog of over 700,000 shows spread across a wide range of categories. The app has an option which can be enabled to get notified whenever a new episode of your favorite podcast is uploaded. The search functionality has been improved and users can now search for podcasts using the host's name, guest name, and the topic of discussion.
The Apple TV app is a one-stop destination for finding most of the popular TV shows as well as movies. It also includes Apple TV channels that were introduced earlier this year. It supports 4K content with HDR10, Dolby Vision, and Dolby Atmos. The UI of the app has been designed for making it easier for viewers to resume what they were watching and to find personalized content they might like to watch next. The app will also offer Apple TV+ subscription once it becomes available later this year.
We have been hearing about iPad apps coming to Mac for so long and now, Apple has finally made it official. It has released new app APIs that will make it easier for developers to bring their respective iPad apps to the new macOS. Apple named Twitter, Asphalt 9, and Jira Cloud among the well-known apps that will be coming to Mac laptops and desktops. Other than this, the team has made some refinements to existing Mac apps to improve the user experience.
But the biggest addition to macOS Catalina is the introduction of Sidecar feature. It will allow users to make use of the iPad as an extended secondary display to their Mac. Both devices will connect to each other wirelessly and users will be able to spread their work on the two display for more productivity and efficiency. For supported apps, they will be able to use Apple Pencil for sketching and drawing on iPad as well as for using it as writing input device on Mac.
Apple has made macOS Catalina developer preview available on the website. It will kick off public beta testing next month with a stable release planned for this fall. Once that happens, users will be receiving the new version as an over the air update.