Apple’s new macOS comes with the iPad’s universal apps in tow

Apple has announced macOS Calatlina, the successor to macOS Mojave. It will be available later this fall, with developer previews coming today.

“With macOS Catalina, we’re bringing fresh new apps to the Mac, starting with new standalone versions of Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and the Apple TV app,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “Users will appreciate how they can expand their workspace with Sidecar, enabling new ways of interacting with Mac apps using iPad and Apple Pencil. And with new developer technologies, users will see more great third-party apps arrive on the Mac this fall.”

Sidecar, for those unfamiliar, will allow users to use their iPads as a secondary screen for a Mac. This opens up touch and pen interaction that the Mac apps traditionally don’t have. It’ll also make working on macOS easier for artists and creatives.

Catalina will also introduce support for iOS apps, albeit only iPad optimised apps for obvious reasons. This is a similar effort to Microsoft’s and Google’s own attempts to ring their mobile apps over to their desktop operating systems with one obvious difference. Apple actually has engaged developers which will build out these experiences for it. The iPad already supports many apps. With Catalina, iPad developers will gain access to a whole new market of users to sell their apps to. For users, the same apps they use to be productive on their iPads can now be used on their macs. It is a win-win situation here.

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