MacOS user? These five Apple announcements will interest you

  • TECH
  • Saturday, 08 Jun 2019

With the new Sidecar function, you can turn your iPad into a second screen for your Mac.

Apple unveiled a number of new software features across various products at its annual WWDC developer summit in Silicon Valley.

Apple's forthcoming Catalina update is bring a number of updates for users. Here's what you need to know if you own anything that runs on Apple's MacOS.

1. You may have heard: iTunes is going away. For you, that means you'll soon have three apps to cover your multimedia needs when you update to Catalina. Instead of using iTunes for podcasts, videos and music, Apple wants you to use three individual apps.

2. With the new Sidecar function, you can turn your iPad into a second screen for your Mac. This either helps you to extend the real estate of your MacBook or iMac or else mirror your screen so you can show other people what you see.

3. With Project Catalyst, Apple wants to make it easier for developers to make apps work across iPads and Macs. This could significantly increase the amount of software available on the Mac, and also make it possible to drag and drop app content between devices.

4. Lost or stolen devices can now also be tracked when they're offline. This is supposed to work by detecting the signal from a built-in Bluetooth transmitter on Apple devices that are close to other users. The location is then passed on to Apple and the owner of the missing device.

5. If you're already using Screen Time function to monitor how much time you're spending on your iPhone, the Catalina update will also let you do this on a Mac, where you can set limits and schedule downtime. Anyone working on MacOS on a daily basis may want to take a look at the full list of changes coming in Catalina on – dpa

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