Next macOS called Catalina, splits up iTunes and adds iPad pairing

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We’ve had El Capitan, High Sierra and Mojave, but now Apple is turning to islands for inspiration in naming their latest macOS – Catalina.

The company offered up a short preview of the new operating system during their keynote for WWDC 19 yesterday, and it looks like the changes are more focused on making refinements than sweeping upgrades.

To that end Apple has refined the iTunes experience on macOS Catalina, splitting it into three distinct apps – Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and Apple TV.

As such if users are looking for content, they’ll need to enter into one of those three applications in order to find them. The end goal here, as far as what we can tell, is to streamline the experience of each app and ensure they’re as efficient and easy use and navigate as possible.

The other notable change in macOS Catalina is centred on multitasking, and in particular those users who enjoy working on two screens.

Apple gave the example of a graphic designer connecting their MacBook to a larger secondary screen at the office, but not having the same setup at home. If they have an iPad or iPad Pro, now they can pair the tablet with their MacBook, with the former potentially being used for sketching, annotating or video playback while editing.

They’re calling this feature Sidecar, and if you have an ecosystem of Apple hardware, could prove quite handy.

Lastly macOS Catalina is adding full suite voice control for users who may suffer from physical disabilities. This not only includes Siri-esque instructions, but also goes to finer grained detail such as telling the OS precisely which buttons to select and controls to calibrate.

The feature is not restricted to macOS, however, with Apple extending it to iOS devices too. Unfortunately there’s no word on whether that includes iPads, or whether it will be available on iPadOS.

For now macOS Catalina is available to developers only, and heads to the beta phase later this month. Following that, it’s expected to launch in Q3 of this year.

Robin-Leigh Chetty

Robin-Leigh Chetty

When he's not reviewing the latest smartphones, Robin-Leigh is writing about everything tech-related from IoT and smart cities, to 5G and cloud computing. He's also a keen photographer and dabbles in console games.