- MacOS Catalina, the next major software update for Apple’s computers, is scheduled to arrive later this year.
- Apple previewed the new features arriving with macOS Catalina during its keynote address at the 2019 Worldwide Developers Conference.
- The Catalina update will introduce complete voice control, a new app called Sidecar that lets you use an iPad as a wireless display, and eliminate iTunes in favor of three different apps.
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Apple has officially unveiled Catalina, the next major software update for its MacBook, iMac, and Mac Pro computers. Announced during Apple’s 2019 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), Catalina will introduce some big changes to native Mac apps, including the elimination of iTunes and the new ability to control your computer with voice commands.
Catalina will also feature some important updates for iPad owners and developers. A new app called Sidecar will let iPad owners use their tablet as a second screen, complete with Apple Pencil support. Back-end improvements made to Catalina will also make it easier for iPad developers to bring their apps directly to MacOS.
MacOS Catalina will be a free update for all Mac devices released after 2012. Developers can download a preview of Catalina from Apple’s developer portal, and Mac owners can sign up now for a public beta that’s scheduled to start next month.
Here’s everything we know about Catalina so far:
Catalina will eliminate iTunes in favor of three separate apps: Apple Music, Apple Podcasts, and Apple TV.
After more than 18 years, Apple is ready to move on from iTunes. Rather than using iTunes as a catch-all for different types of entertainment, Apple will introduce three separate macOS apps for users to manage their content.
A macOS version of Apple Music will become the default app for users to manage their music library, while Apple Podcasts will organize podcast subscriptions. Apple TV will manage downloaded video content and introduce Mac owners to Apple’s streaming TV service.
Sidecar is a new app that lets you use an iPad as a wireless second display, with support for Apple Pencil.
Using Sidecar will turn your iPad into a wireless second monitor, and Mac apps with stylus support like Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator will let you draw using the Apple Pencil too.
Apple has also released new developer tools for macOS Catalina that make it easier for software makers to bring their iPad apps to Mac.
The new voice-control features in Mac OS, iOS, and iPadOS will give users complete control of their device using specific vocal commands.
Voice Control incorporates new technology that lets users who can’t operate traditional input devices control their Mac entirely with their voice. Even touch gestures like tapping, swiping, and scrolling can be controlled using Siri’s on-device speech recognition.
New numbered labels and grids will let users interact with many apps using the specific navigation tools, with audio processing happening on-device. Voice Control is also available on iOS and iPadOS, so users can control their handheld devices entirely with their voice too.
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