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macOS Catalina Beta 3 added new screensaver Drift

In the third beta for developers of macOS Catalina recently updated, a new screensaver called “Drift” appeared.

Drift is rendered by the graphics card. From the video, Drift consists of a number of 3D beams of different colors and they swing like waves. It is very dynamic.

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The latest macOS Catalina system splits iTunes into Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and Apple TV App, and the brand new Sidecar features turn the user’s iPad into a second screen of the Mac, even as a high-precision input device. And it also supports Apple Pencil. The upgraded Voice Control feature allows users to control the Mac completely by sound. The new system also enhanced security and can better protect personal privacy and data.

SwiftUI to the developers: What does it bring to me and the users?

June is a very active period for Apple users and developer communities. After Apple’s new system was released at the WWDC, the fans will discuss its new highlights such as iOS 13, iPadOS and macOS 10.15, and post their own evaluations.

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For developers, what is the biggest surprise for the new ecological environment? The answers are very consistent. From the winners of the Apple Scholarship to the sophisticated developers who have participated in WWDC several times, the answers to the question “What is the most exciting thing you see?” are all seeing the release of SwiftUI. 

In addition to iTunes, the new macOS also deleted the Dashboard

macOS Catalina, Apple’s next-generation desktop system, has been pre-released. According to the media that experienced it first, the Dashboard has been removed from the new system.

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Dashboard was first introduced on the Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger system (2005) and was highlighted as a core feature by Apple. The Dashboard has a separate page where the usre can customize multiple useful widgets such as weather, calculator, calendar, clock, notes, and more.

WWDC 2019 is likely to bring ReplayKit to macOS

Developer Steve Troughton-Smith revealed part of the Apple WWDC 2019 program on Twitter that ReplayKit will join macOS later this year, and HealthKit may include the hearing testing technology.

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In the Session 6050 arrangement, the participating developers will see the Apple engineer of ReplayKit and get code help. ReplayKit is Apple’s native screen recording API launched at WWDC 15, a new framework that makes it easier for players to record game progress or data and shared features. In the Session 6050 arrangement, macOS also appeared in the list of ReplayKit Labs in addition to iOS and tvOS. 

WPS Office for Mac returned with sincerity

In recent years, in the field of Chinese office software, in addition to Microsoft Office, there is WPS Office, which we are also familiar with. With WPS Office for Windows taking up half of the office software market, Kingsoft WPS became the only office software in  China that can compete with Microsoft Office. Recently, WPS Office for Mac has officially launched.

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WPS Office for Mac is now available for free download on the Mac App Store, or you can download it directly from the WPS website. I believe many have used this famous software on Mac since the previous beta, including the 2019 beta. WPS Office for Mac is compatible with the  document formats of Microsoft Office and has the advantage of Chinese localization. Compared with Apple’s iWork suite, it has more user groups. The personal version for individual users is free forever.

Features such as Siri shortcuts on iOS will also go on macOS

With the approach of macOS 10.15 and iOS 13, Apple has prepared for the early integration of macOS and iOS. The first is the cross-platform porting of thefirst-party applications. According to the latest reports of the media, Siri Shortcuts and Screen Time would launch for macOS 10.15 at the WWDC in June this year.

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Siri shortcuts and Screen Time are the main features introduced on iOS 12: shortcuts allow users to create customized voice commands for Siri and can form instruction macros with third-party apps. On macOS, users still need to download the app from the App Store. It’s important to note that only applications that use Marzipan (Apple’s cross-platform framework) would get shortcuts support on macOS. 

macOS 10.15 may launch standalone music and podcast apps

macOS 10.15 may launch standalone music and podcast apps

At the spring conference in late March, Apple announced that it will soon launch a new Apple TV App on the Mac. This naturally raises the discussion about whether Apple will introduce other media applications to the Mac. If they do, then iTunes is likely to be split into separate apps, and will no longer be Apple’s multimedia platform.

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Recently, developer Steve Troughton-Smith disclosed that there is convincing evidence that Apple is developing new apps of music, podcasts  and perhaps books for macOS,  together with TV apps, to constitute a native standalone application for macOS.

Newly launched Apple News+ kept crashing and Apple fixed it right away

The updates of iOS 12.2 and macOS 10.14.4 brought users the new Apple News+. But some users and subscribers were very upset that it kept crashing somehow.

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After starting, it displayed content temporarily, then crashed. It seems the devices with iOS 12.2 and macOS beta that encountered such bugs have no similarity, and it have nothing to do with iCloud accounts. At present, reinstalling the system still cannot solve the problem.