Apple has just previewed macOS 10.15 Catalina, its latest desktop OS at the WWDC 2019 keynote, that comes with new apps for Music, Podcast, and TV, and is packed with new features and powerful new technology for developers.
As expected, Apple is replacing iTunes with its popular entertainment apps i.e. Apple Music, Apple Podcasts, and the Apple TV app. The all-new Sidecar feature enables users to extend their Mac desktop by using their iPad as a second display or as a high-precision input device across creative Mac apps.
The new Music app for Mac is lightning fast and easy to use. The all-new Apple TV app features Apple TV channels, personalized recommendations, and over 100,000 iTunes movies and TV shows. Similarly, the standalone Apple Podcasts app offers more than 700,000 shows in its catalog.
With Sidecar, iPad can be used as an extended display for Mac and a high-precision drawing tablet across supported Mac apps. Apple says that when paired with an Apple Pencil, the feature allows users to can use their iPad to draw, sketch or write in any Mac app that supports stylus input.
macOS Catalina also introduces an all-new Voice Control feature that lets users control their Mac entirely with their voice. It enables users who can’t operate traditional input devices to control their Mac entirely with their voice using on-device Siri speech recognition technology. Voice Control is now also available on iOS and iPadOS.
Other enhancements in macOS Catalina include improved security and Gatekeeper features, Screen Time, new APIs and tools for developers to allow developers to bring iPad apps onto the Mac, new browsing experience for Photos, brand new Gallery View in Notes, and much more.
The developer preview of macOS Catalina is available to Apple Developer Program members at developer.apple.com starting today, and a public beta program will be available to Mac users later this month at beta.apple.com for Macs introduced in mid-2012 or later.