Apple kills off iTunes with release of macOS Catalina

Ruben Fields
October 10, 2019

With Sidecar, you can use an iPad display for tablet input to draw, sketch or write with Apple Pencil in any Apple or third-party Mac app that supports stylus input.

If you're a Mac user who regularly uses Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom Classic CC, we don't recommend updating your computer to macOS Catalina just yet. But those same features may cause problems for users and developers.

To check which Mac you have, from the Apple menu, choose About This Mac. However, the company crushed the aspiration of users expecting a macOS app after the Tuesday announcement.

Developers using Apple's system to convert iPad software to macOS say Catalyst still needs lots of work before it can fulfill its promise. By that time, numerous major issues will have been discovered by early adopters and hopefully addressed by Apple and third-party developers.

Along with the death of iTunes, another major feature in macOS Catalina is the fact that it can run iPad apps for the first time.

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Apple Arcade, one of the most exciting service Apple is launching this year, is bringing Apple's treasure trove of games to Macs. "It helps to address some of the limitations of the Mac not having a touchscreen". Folks walking around with internet-enabled smartphones in their pocket don't really need to stash a dedicated mp3 player too, making iTunes on Mac increasingly redundant for the mass market.

Troughton-Smith, a well-know developer noted that some video playback apps are not able to hide the mouse cursor while the video is playing.

Tim Cook presents at an Apple Keynote. It is very common for DJs to organize music in iTunes, create playlists, and then use the "Share iTunes Library XML with other applications" to access the music in other apps. "The "single check box" Catalyst version of PCalc is a single resizable window, with many tables and popovers that seem to me to be out-of-place on the Mac". The lower-level code just about labored out of the field, however he ended up not releasing it after "seeing how much work it would be to make it a good Mac app", he stated. However, some rare cases are confirmed where Apple puts it to a different app than expected.

I've never really loved Apple's own podcasts app, but this latest version blew my mind with its new search tricks. It additionally means if a person downloads the iPad model of the app, the Mac model gained't robotically obtain on their laptop (Google's model additionally lacks automated downloads).

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