The upcoming major release of macOS will comprise standalone Music and Podcasts apps along with Apple’s guaranteed TV app coming to the Mac this fall, based on 9to5Mac‘s Guilherme Rambo, that has uncovered icons for the programs. Rambo says the strategies have been confirmed by him with sources.
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The report also asserts that the current Books program on Mac is going to probably be redesigned to look more as the Apple News app on Mac.
Like the Apple News, Home, Stocks, and Voice Memos programs on macOS Mojave, Rambo states the new Music, Podcasts, and TV programs will be built using Apple’s so-called Marzipan developer tools, that allow for a single program to be built to operate over iPhone, iPad, and Mac using an identical codebase.
Regardless of the standalone Music and Podcasts apps, Rambo says iTunes will stick around to the next significant macOS launch, as it is still used for some heritage purposes like manual syncing of elderly iPhones, iPads, and iPods.
Apple’s plans to deliver UIKit-based Music, Podcasts, and potentially Books apps to the Mac were first hinted at by developer Steve Troughton-Smith on Twitter last week. Apple should unveil macOS 10.15 along with iOS 13, watchOS 6, and tvOS 13 at WWDC 2019, that kicks off on June 3 in San Jose.
I’m now fairly confident based on proof I don't want to make public at this stage that Apple is likely new (likely UIKit) Music, Podcasts, perhaps even Books, apps for macOS, to combine the new TV app. I expect the four are another wave of Marzipan programs. Grain of salt, etc