macOS Catalina Launches With New Apps, Project Catalyst, More

Posted on June 3, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Apple, Mac and macOS with 19 Comments

Apple is taking the wraps off macOS 10.15, also known as Catalina at WWDC today. The company is introducing a bunch of new features for macOS today, but the main focus is on the new cross-platform apps that allow iOS app developers to bring their apps to the Mac.

Here’s almost everything that’s coming with macOS 10.15:

  • iTunes is getting split up into three different apps: Apple Music, Apple Podcasts, and Apple TV.
  • Project Catalyst (aka Marzipan): lets you use iPad apps on the Mac. Available to developers today, so they will be able to bring their iPad apps to the Mac.
  • Sidecar: lets you use your iPad as a second display for your Mac. Works both wired, and wirelessly.
  • Voice Control lets you control your Mac entirely with your voice. It actually looks pretty cool.
  • Screen Time is now available on the Mac, so you can understand your usage and limit your usage if needed.
  • Find My: a new app that combines your devices and friends. It can now find your devices that are even offline, using other people’s devices to help you find your device while giving you full anonymity.
  • Updated Photos app, and a new start page for Safari.
  • A newly redesigned Reminders app.

macOS 10.15 will be available to developers later today.

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19 responses to “macOS Catalina Launches With New Apps, Project Catalyst, More”

  1. skane2600

    At the risk of repeating myself, isn't Marzipan just a porting tool akin to Microsoft's Desktop Bridge rather than providing the capability of running standard iPad apps on the Mac?

    • lvthunder

      In reply to skane2600:

      I'm not sure really, but in your XCode project you have to click the box to target the Mac just like you do for iPhone and iPad.

    • curtisspendlove

      In reply to skane2600:

      Yes, it's a developer tool. Developers can create another compile target to target MacOS. Then it handles a lot of UIKit things in a way that is portable to macOS.

      So, an end user can't just connect their iPad to their Mac and run all the apps. (That would be inefficient on most consumer Macs as it would be emulated.)

      This triggers a full native app build targeting macOS. The developer needs to do a varying amount of work to make their apps "compatible" with macOS using Catalyst.

      After that is done, though; the user can install the app (I assume from the Mac App Store) and it will function on their Mac and should support all various APIs (for instance, a podcast app that synced to a server on iPhone and iPad would do the same thing on Mac for a seamless experience across all devices).

  2. ErichK

    Does anyone know if this is where they drop support for 32-bit apps?

    Edit: Grammar.

  3. wright_is

    Which part of the new trio (Music, Podcasts and TV) is responsible for iDevice management going forward?

  4. dontbe evil

    but but people doens’t want to talk to pc ... oh sorry I was confused, I thought this was windows... it’s so cool!!! apple is the best!!!

    but but people doens't want phone/tablet apps on pc ... oh sorry I was confused, I thought this was windows... it's so cool!!! apple is the best!!!

  5. fishnet37222

    I honestly feel they could have come up with a better name than "Find My". Heck, they could have just tacked "stuff" onto the end.

  6. UK User

    I didn't sign up to premium to hear about blasted Macs, it seems that my subscription is wasted.

    • steenmachine

      In reply to UK User:

      How did you not know this is a site claiming to be "The Home for Tech Enthusiasts: News, Review, and Analysis", and not "SuperSite for Windows"?? It's in the title.

    • sibrowne

      In reply to UK User:

      It’s a tech website. Of course they’re going to cover the latest Apple announcements.

      Plus, it wasn’t a premium post. You could have not read that for free, if you wanted.

    • MacLiam

      In reply to UK User:

      Sorry to hear of your disappointment, but I think the word "Premium" by itself might have tipped you off that this was not the place to expect one-dimensional coverage of a multi-dimensional realm. Most of us here are primary users of Microsoft products and services, as it appears you are, but many are also secondary users of Apple and Android products. I want to hear people as knowledgeable as Paul, Brad and Mehedi talk about and pass judgment on every company's tools so that I can make the best cooperative use of mine.

    • JCerna

      In reply to UK User: So I paid for premium also and appreciate the coverage. Yeah it would get annoying if they start writing everyday on apple but news like today is good. Don't like it just disconnect for about a week during apple planned announcement.

    • lvthunder

      In reply to UK User:

      What for one day when all the press is looking Apple's way you expect this site to ignore it. There is plenty of non apple coverage here that your subscription isn't wasted. Good grief. It's best to know all sides of the industry.

  7. curtisspendlove

    Which part of the new trio (Music, Podcasts and TV) is responsible for iDevice management going forward?

    Saw this in the Premium Comments, can't respond there.

    In macOS they appear to have added it to Finder, which I love. However, I have *no* idea what that means for Windows users. I'm guessing that iTunes is unlikely to be broken up in the Windows codebase; but they might surprise us.

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