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macOS 10.15 Could Feature Standalone Music and Podcasts Apps, Redesigned Books App

macOS 10.15 Could Feature Standalone Music and Podcasts Apps, Redesigned Books App

The next major release of Apple’s Mac operating system (macOS 10.15), will include separate Music and Podcasts apps, as well as the promised TV app due to come to the Mac this fall.

9to5Mac‘s Guilherme Rambo says he discovered the icons for the apps, and has confirmed the plans with sources familiar with the matter.

Rambo also says the Books app on the Mac will get a redesign to make it like the Apple News app on the Mac.

Rambo also notes that the new Music, Podcasts, and TV apps will be built with Apple’s so-called Marzipan developer tools, just like the macOS Mojave Apple News, Home, Stocks, and Voice Memos apps. Marzipan allows developers to create a single app that can be run across the iPhone, iPad, and Mac with a similar codebase.

While the Podcasts and Music apps will be spun-off into separate apps, the iTunes app is expected to stick around, as it is still used for some activities, such as manually syncing older iOS devices.

The report jibes with a tweet by developer Steve Troughton-Smith from last week where he said he was “fairly confident based on evidence I don’t wish to make public at this point that Apple is planning new (likely UIKit) Music, Podcasts, perhaps even Books, apps for macOS, to join the new TV app.”