Sarah Herrlinger, Apple’s Global Accessibility chief, talks about new accessibility features in iOS 13 and macOS Catalina.
Accessibility, as it always does, plays a significant role in not only the conference itself — the sessions, labs and get-togethers all are mainstays of the week — but also in the software Apple shows off. Of particular interest this year is Apple’s Voice Control feature, available for macOS Catalina and iOS 13 devices, which allows users to control their Macs and iPhones using only the sound of their voices.
The new features, such as Voice Control, are amazing.
Apple is deprecating SHA-1, an old security standard, in iOS 13 and macOS Catalina. This is good news since we now have the more secure SHA-2 and SHA-3.
The older Python language, version 2.7, is being deprecated in macOS 10.15 Catalina and won’t be included in macOS 10.16. The same goes for other UNIX scripting languages.
Astro recently wrote a blog post comparing its Luna Display product against Sidecar. But they left out an important detail.
We saw a preview of some macOS Catalina features on stage, but Apple didn’t have time to cover them all. On the preview page we see a full list of features coming.
LIke our iOS 13 device support page, we now have a list of the macOS Catalina device support. And it supports a wide range of devices.
Starting with the macOS Catalina beta, your Mac will use Z shell as the default shell in Terminal, replacing Bash which has been on the Mac since 2002.
Project Catalyst is Apple’s official name for what we now as Marzipan. It lets developers port iOS apps to the Mac. I think it can help revive Mac gaming, because presumably games will also be able to get ported. Apple Arcade will be available on macOS as well.
But the big news is clearly Catalyst. Details are still thin, and Apple will most likely share more information this afternoon during its State of the Union WWDC keynote.
9to5Mac has more screenshots of Apple’s future OS releases. Today we’re seeing macOS 10.15 screenshots of Music and TV.
Cult of Mac reports:
Some sources previously stated that the [macOS 10.15 Music] app would be made using Marzipan, which lets developers easily port iPad apps to the desktop. But new information reveals that won’t be the case.
The Mac’s next-generation Music app will be based on iTunes, not ported over from iOS.
This makes some sense. The legacy macOS iTunes has a lot of Mac-specific code, including iOS device syncing and encrypted backups. But it’s probably also just phase one in the evolution of iTunes/Music on the Mac.
A new rumor suggests that macOS 10.15 could bring Siri Shortcuts, Screen Time, improvements to Siri, iMessage effects, and more.