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MACOS CATALINA AND AP­PLE NEWS+

WITH all the hard­ware Ap­ple has been dish­ing up lately, it’s easy to for­get that it also makes soft­ware This week two big re­leases from Cu­per­tino re­minded us of that fact.

The lat­est ver­sion of the Mac op­er­at­ing sys­tem hit com­put­ers across the globe as a free down­load – and MACOS Catalina brings a wide range of im­prove­ments, as well as break­ing some long-stand­ing con­ven­tions.

This is the first ver­sion of MACOS that doesn’t in­clude the ven­er­a­ble itunes app, for a start. That has been bro­ken down into sep­a­rate apps for mu­sic, TV and pod­casts.

Catalina also brings Ap­ple Ar­cade – the new sub­scrip­tion game ser­vice that costs £4.99-a-month. Now you can play across all your de­vices – Mac, ipad, iphone and Ap­ple TV.

Side­car is a new fea­ture in Catalina that al­lows Mac users to utilise their ipad as a sec­ond screen, with in­cluded sup­port for Ap­ple Pen­cil.

Then there’s Mac Cat­a­lyst, a new tech­nol­ogy that al­lows iphone and ipad app mak­ers to eas­ily build Mac ver­sions of their apps. Ex­pect to see a rash of new apps mak­ing the leap from the small screen to the big.

Ap­ple also launched its sub­scrip­tion mag­a­zine and news ser­vice, Ap­ple News+, in the UK this week.

For £9.99-a-month sub­scribers get ac­cess to more than 150 mag­a­zines and news­pa­pers, in­clud­ing The Times and The Sun­day Times, Cos­mopoli­tan, Elle, Esquire, Four­fourtwo, Em­pire, and Grazia, as well as sev­eral US news­pa­pers, mag­a­zines and dig­i­tal out­lets in­clud­ing The Wall Street Jour­nal, Bloomberg Busi­ness­week, Na­tional Geo­graphic, Rolling Stone, and Vox.

The pub­li­ca­tions are de­signed to look great on screen, and there’s also some smart AI in the back­ground try­ing to work out which pub­li­ca­tions and sto­ries are of most in­ter­est to you per­son­ally.

Ap­ple News+ will let you en­joy your favourite reads on all Ap­ple de­vices

Sto­ries are de­signed to look great on your de­vices

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