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Mac finally said goodbye to iTunes. What about Win users?

The release of macOS Catalina may reduce the complaints of Mac iTunes users about Apple’s bloated media management and player applications, but for Windows users, the pain seems to continue indefinitely. Until now, there is no indication that iTunes for Windows will be redesigned or updated. So, when Mac users have a new experience in media services and data transfer, Windows users can only continue to endure the status quo.

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Apple officially updated its iTunes page to guide Mac users to upgrade to macOS Catalina and offered three choices for Windows users: standard 64-bit and 32-bit versions, plus a Windows 10 S version of the Microsoft Store. On the app page of the Microsoft Store, we saw a lot of bad reviews: 46% of store users rated only one star for iTunes. 

Apple admitted the serious Bluetooth security vulnerability and fixed it

The Bluetooth SIG, the official body responsible for wireless communication technology standards, has admitted that there is a serious Bluetooth security vulnerability that can make it easier for attackers to force pairing with your device.

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The Bluetooth connection works when both devices agree to connect. One sends a request, the other must accept it, and authenticates the identity of the device by exchanging the public key and generates an encryption key for the connection to ensure the security.

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.

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.

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.