A First Look at macOS Catalina


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macOS Catalina, the new Mac operating system, was announced at WWDC 2019. It has so many new features and changes to existing ones, that it really can’t be summed up in just one article.

So, we’re going to start by telling you how you can get your hands on macOS Catalina, and then we’ll tell you about the features that caught our eyes.

Apple Beta Software Program

There are two ways you can participate in the beta program for macOS Catalina. First, you can become an Apple developer and receive the beta for evaluation. Apple developers already have access to macOS Catalina, as well as a number of other beta software apps. But if you’re not a developer, and you don’t have an app you’re just waiting to unleash on the world, you can still take part in the Catalina public beta program.

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macOS Catalina with auto dark mode enabled.

The News App running in macOS Catalina
Music app replaces iTunes.
Apple TV app
Screen Time replaces Parental Controls
Read-only boot volume for macOS Catalina.
New Auto dark mode added to macOS Catalina.
Dashbaord removed from macOS Catalina

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Apple’s TV app to get Picture-in-Picture mode


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Multiple reports claim Apple TV will receive a Picture-in-Picture mode in tvOS later this year, but I think they may be missing something.

If it works on TV

You see, subsequent reports explained the mode would only be available from within the Apple TV’s TV app, and only for content purchased from Apple, streamed through Apple TV+ and made available through Apple TV Channels.

Indications seem to be that third-party apps, such as those from broadcasters, won’t be supported by the new mode. It seems possible the company will ship APIs developers can use to make their apps compatible with the feature, but nothing’s been said yet.

The thing is, if you can get this feature to work in the TV app when accessing content provided within the TV app on an Apple TV, then surely you can also make this possible on an iPhone, iPad or Mac, all of

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Picture-in-picture, Wireless Audio Sync debut in tvOS 13 beta 2


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Apple is slowly rolling out new tvOS 13 features for developer testing ahead of a launch this fall, with the latest beta version of the operating system introducing picture-in-picture support and a Wireless Audio Sync function that uses iPhone to reduce sound system latency.

Apple loses bidding war for J. J. Abrams’ production studio


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Don’t look now, but a major Hollywood upset just happened… much to the chagrin of streaming outlets. Hollywood Reporter and Deadline sources say that AT&T-owned WarnerMedia is near closing a roughly $500 million deal with Bad Robot, the production studio from J. J. Abrams and his wife Katie McGrath. Bad Robot had reportedly entertained deals from internet-focused companies like Amazon, Apple and Netflix (plus conventional firms like Comcast and Sony), with tipsters claiming that Apple “came close” to landing the deal.

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Apple TV beta tests iOS-like picture-in-picture


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The latest beta version of Apple’s upcoming tvOS 13 has an unexpected surprise. The company is introducing support for a picture-in-picture mode that allows you to browse while continuing to watch a video. The feature, available in tvOS 13 beta 2, was not previously announced by the company and wasn’t mentioned during its WWDC keynote earlier this month.

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8 things you need to know as Apple kills iTunes


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Apple is separating iTunes into new Apple Music, TV and Podcasts apps, but it isn’t really killing the veteran media management software it launched in April 2003.

Here’s what you need to know:

Why is Apple ending iTunes?

Apple’s software chief joked as he announced the end of iTunes

“How about a calendar in iTunes?,” joked Apple engineering lead Craig Federighi when he announced the news at WWDC.

“I mean, you can have all of your appointments and your best tracks all in one app!” The media management software had grown to a point at which it simply did too much.

The music industry owes a lot to iTunes

iTunes didn’t stop online piracy overnight, but it did“open up the promise of a celestial jukebox for anyone who believed that it’s better to pay for stuff.”

That turned out to be plenty of people who still

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Here’s what an Apple TV and Alexa look like on an old TV and record player cabinet


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Apple TV on a vintage TV cabinet.

Enlarge / Apple TV on a vintage TV cabinet. (credit: Thomas Martin Lewins V)

Consumer and household tech obviously looks quite different today than it did years ago—there’s a significant analog and digital divide, for one thing. Among other things, bridging that gap makes integrating the latest tech with tech from a few decades back a real challenge. But it’s not impossible.

Facebook user Thomas Martin Lewins V proved that last point by getting a modern Apple TV box to work with his gigantic, archaic console television and by integrating analog speakers, radios, and record players throughout his house with Amazon Alexa. He posted a couple of videos online as proof, which Boing Boing picked up recently.

First up: the Apple TV setup. This allows him to view Netflix and Hulu shows on that old TV. Here’s what he wrote to introduce the clip:

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Here’s what an Apple TV and Alexa look like on an old TV and record player cabinet


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Apple TV on a vintage TV cabinet.

Enlarge / Apple TV on a vintage TV cabinet. (credit: Thomas Martin Lewins V)

Consumer and household tech obviously looks quite different today than it did years ago—there’s a significant analog and digital divide, for one thing. Among other things, bridging that gap makes integrating the latest tech with tech from a few decades back a real challenge. But it’s not impossible.

Facebook user Thomas Martin Lewins V proved that last point by getting a modern Apple TV box to work with his gigantic, archaic console television and by integrating analog speakers, radios, and record players throughout his house with Amazon Alexa. He posted a couple of videos online as proof, which Boing Boing picked up recently.

First up: the Apple TV setup. This allows him to view Netflix and Hulu shows on that old TV. Here’s what he wrote to introduce the clip:

Read 4 remaining paragraphs |

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Hands on with all the changes in tvOS 13


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With the steadily approaching launch of Apple TV+, the Apple TV set-top box itself is more important than ever. To help bolster its place in the living room, Apple brought a slew of changes with tvOS 13. Here is a first look at what you can expect.

Ubisoft teases an Apple TV+ series called ‘Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet’


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Ubisoft is working on a live-action series called Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet, the company has announced at E3 2019. The new show, which stars Rob McElhenney (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) and Danny Pudi (Community), is said to be coming to Apple TV+, the streaming service that’s expected to launch later this fall. There aren’t many details about the series right now, but we do know it was produced and created by McElhenney along with two other It’s Always Sunny veterans, Charlie Day and Megan Ganz.

‘Journey’ creator’s Apple-exclusive ‘Sky’ officially launches July 11th


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Thatgamecompany’s Sky: Children of the Light has technically been available in beta for a long time, but now it’s really, truly ready for launch… well, almost. The Journey creator’s social exploration game is now slated to reach iOS and Apple TV users on July 11th, with the App Store offering pre-orders (it’s listed as free) as we write this. If you’ll recall, this is an Apple device exclusive — don’t expect an Android counterpart to arrive any time soon.

Via: Sky (Twitter), App Store (Twitter)

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‘Journey’ creator’s Apple-exclusive ‘Sky’ officially launches July 11th


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Thatgamecompany’s Sky: Children of the Light has technically been available in beta for a long time, but now it’s really, truly ready for launch… well, almost. The Journey creator’s social exploration game is now slated to reach iOS and Apple TV users on July 11th, with the App Store offering pre-orders (it’s listed as free) as we write this. If you’ll recall, this is an Apple device exclusive — don’t expect an Android counterpart to arrive any time soon.

Via: Sky (Twitter), App Store (Twitter)

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WWDC: All the Apple TV improvements we’ve seen this year


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Apple TV’s stunning new undersea screensavers

Apple TV got a little attention at WWDC, but Apple has been working hard to improve its streaming box all year – here are some of the improvements made to tvOS this year, and the new enhancements promised at the developer event.

Apple TV Remote

The Apple TV Remote app in Control Center got a new icon and a big performance boost this year. Not only does it let you control your Apple TV or compatible system from more places on your iPhone (including the Lock Screen) but you’ll also see much faster reaction to commands. That’s because discovery and connection times have been improved by 93%.

HomeKit TV

Apple this year also introduced support for a range of televisions from third-party manufacturers, such as Samsung. You can now control these sets using your iOS device.

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Apple releases ‘For All Mankind’ trailer to YouTube


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Apple has released the trailer for its space race drama ‘For All Mankind,’ a show that forms part of its Apple TV+ roster, posting the video clip to YouTube after first airing it during Monday’s WWDC keynote address.

tvOS 13: The MacStories Overview


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The first half of 2019 has in many ways mitigated the Apple TV’s usefulness. Early in the year we learned that smart TVs would gain support for AirPlay 2 and HomeKit, which were formerly exclusive to Apple’s set-top device. Then more recently, Apple launched a brand new TV app which will also live on both smart TVs and third-party streaming sticks. Following these announcements, it was unclear whether Apple was content to let the Apple TV become even more of a niche product than before, or if the company would put renewed efforts into the product to help differentiate it from new competition. It turns out the latter was true – at least to a degree.

tvOS 13 is perhaps the most substantial update to the Apple TV’s software since the debut of tvOS in 2015. That’s not saying a lot, because past updates have been relatively lackluster, but it

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tvOS 13: The MacStories Overview


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The first half of 2019 has in many ways mitigated the Apple TV’s usefulness. Early in the year we learned that smart TVs would gain support for AirPlay 2 and HomeKit, which were formerly exclusive to Apple’s set-top device. Then more recently, Apple launched a brand new TV app which will also live on both smart TVs and third-party streaming sticks. Following these announcements, it was unclear whether Apple was content to let the Apple TV become even more of a niche product than before, or if the company would put renewed efforts into the product to help differentiate it from new competition. It turns out the latter was true – at least to a degree.

tvOS 13 is perhaps the most substantial update to the Apple TV’s software since the debut of tvOS in 2015. That’s not saying a lot, because past updates have been relatively lackluster, but it

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We cut down Apple’s 2-hour WWDC keynote to under 30 minutes


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To say Apple’s WWDC 2019 keynote was jam-packed would be an understatement. Apple offered its usual previews of the next versions of iOS, macOS, tvOS and watchOS, but it also broke some new ground. The iPad now has its own operating system, for starters. There were also meaningful updates to the HomePod and a new privacy-focused sign-in. And of course, there’s the not-so-small matter of the redesigned Mac Pro — Apple has finally shown its long-in-the-making workstation. It’s a lot to take in. Never fear, though, as we’ve boiled things down to a shorter video that gives you the gist of Apple’s many, many announcements.

Soviets beat US to first crewed moonwalk in For All Mankind trailer


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For All Mankind explores the question, “What if the global space race had never ended?”

Apple just dropped the first full-length trailer for its forthcoming sci-fi space-race series, For All Mankind. Developed by Battlestar Galactica creator Ronald D. Moore, the series is meant to explore an alternate reality where the global space race never really ended.

For All Mankind (not to be confused with the 1989 documentary of the same name) joins a host of other TV series in development for Apple TV Plus, a new video subscription service launching this fall that features Apple original programming—yet another contender in the streaming wars. At a conference in March, Apple CEO Tim Cook called the fledgling streaming platform “the new home for the world’s most creative storytellers, featuring exclusive original shows, movies, and documentaries.”

Details about the series are scarce, but it will star Joel Kinnaman (of Altered Carbon fame,

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Apple will soon kill off iTunes and, with it, an entire era of music history


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The new Apple Podcasts app for Mac, showing a list of available podcasts.

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SAN JOSE, Calif.—As part of a slate of upcoming software updates, Apple will close the door on one of its most iconic pieces of software: iTunes. The company will split the application up into multiple, more-focused apps on the Mac: Apple Music for music, Apple TV for TV and movies, and Apple Podcasts for podcasts.

iTunes—a program for managing your media library, listening to songs, and buying new content—played a key part in the digital revolution of the 2000s after it first launched in 2001. Its impact started with music. iTunes was partly credited with slowing the severe bleeding to piracy the recording industry faced amid the popularity of the MP3 boom on peer-to-peer file-sharing applications like Napster. And the program was also the home base for the iPod, one of the first of many products

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The new Apple TV app debuts on macOS Catalina


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Apple TV is finally coming to macOS. While it was expected that the streaming video platform would finally make the leap to Apple’s desktop operating system, the company made it official today at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). The app will be available with the release of macOS Catalina.

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