During the “It’s show time” event, Apple announced the Apple TV was coming to the Mac. This raised questions whether Apple would bring some media apps to the Mac, so the company is splitting up iTunes into distinct applications.
Fellow developer Steve Troughton-Smith recently expressed confidence about some evidence found indicating that Apple is working on new Music, Podcasts, and perhaps Books apps for macOS, to join the new TV app.
This has been personally by me identified and it’s true. Also, reports have been showing that in an upcoming update of the Mac – likely 10.15 – the system will include standalone Music, Podcasts and TV apps, but it will also include a completely redesigned Books app. Furthermore, we have new looks for the icons in Podcasts and TV apps.
The new Books app will have a sidebar similar to the News app on the Mac, it will also feature a wider title bar with different tabs for the Library, Book Store, and Audiobook Store. On the library tab, the sidebar will list the user’s Books, Audiobooks, PDFs and other collections, including custom ones.
The new Music, Podcasts, and TV apps will be made using Marzipan, Apple’s new technology designed to facilitate the porting of iPad apps to the Mac without too many code changes. It’s not clear whether the redesigned Apple Books app will also be made using the technology, but given that the redesign came to iOS first and its usage for the other apps, it’s likely that this new Books app will also be using UIKit.
With the standalone versions of Apple’s media apps coming to the Mac, it’s natural to ask: what about iTunes in macOS 10.15? According to sources, the next major version of macOS will still include the iTunes app. Since Apple doesn’t have a new solution for manually syncing devices such as old iPods and iPhones with the Mac, it’s natural to keep iTunes around a little longer.
Again, here’s an exclusive look at the icons for the new Podcasts and TV apps on macOS:
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