Apple is splitting iTunes into separate apps


On Monday, at the Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple announced the death of the media player for Mac users, ending an era of innovation - with all the good and the bad (goodbye, bloating!) that came with it.

A new floating keyboard saves space and includes support for QuickPath - making one-handed typing easy and leaving more room to display apps. Ultimately, for developers to bring their iPad app to the Mac, it all starts with a checkbox in Xcode.

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When activated, it will turn the light coloured interface in native Apple apps like Maps, Mail and Messages with a much darker design. It adds new multitasking gestures to slide between multiple apps, and drag and drop apps side by side.

The File app is also getting an update so it has more macOS features, including folder sharing, column view, metadata, and server access. That's USB-C connectivity for the latest iPad Pros and Lightning for older iPad models.

Performance improvements make the entire system more responsive with faster Face ID unlock, and a new way to package iPad apps on the App Store that reduces download sizes by up to 50 percent, makes app updates up to 60 percent smaller, and results in apps launching up to twice as fast. This involves supporting a custom menu bar, Touch Bar controls, and more. "Users will appreciate how they can expand their workspace with Sidecar, enabling new ways of interacting with Mac apps using iPad and Apple Pencil".

Apple has launched a new third-party secure sign-in system that it hopes will offer its users better security than ever.

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The iPad will also add mouse support, though it's only an accessibility feature for now, so Apple would still rather you used the touchscreen.

However, Apple did say some stuff at its WWDC event yesterday that you will care about, and could have an impact on the way you make your tunes in the future.

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Another wrote: "Is the App Store down?" They do need to be notarized for Gatekeeper, however. (Although they might get a tiny bit annoyed that they have to juggle three different apps instead of just one.) What they really care about is all the stuff they purchased on iTunes through the decades.

That's thanks to Project Catalyst, previously codenamed "Marzipan".

Only time will tell if Catalyst can stem the tide of Electron apps on the Mac, but for indie developers at the very least, it's an exciting development that should make for a busy fall for Mac apps.