Apple will release new apps with macOS 10.15 which will include Music, Podcasts, TV and a redesigned Books app. The apps will likely be based on the new UIKit platform that was used to create Marzipan apps like News, Home, Stocks and Voice Memos in macOS Mojave. This will mean that the apps will have the same features as their iOS and tvOS counterparts but if the quality of the apps in macOS Mojave is anything to go by, there’s enough reason to be concerned.
Since some of iTunes features will be available in other apps like TV, Podcasts and Music, it is expected that iTunes app will become less useful. Apple already removed the ability to browse and purchase iOS apps from iTunes, which was not a welcome move since you can’t do the same in a browser. However, iTunes is the only way to backup and sync iOS devices with computers so it is expected that Apple will keep the app for some time. One can’t help but wonder whether iTunes for Windows will also get rid of Music and Podcasts or will Apple keep two separate versions of the app for macOS and Windows.
Apple already announced a new TV app for macOS which should be available with macOS 10.14.5. At the time of writing, Apple has yet to include the new TV app in macOS 10.14.5 betas.
WWDC 2019 is shaping up to be an interesting event. With the new apps for macOS 10.15, expected major iOS 13 updates for iPad, availability of Marzipan to third party developers and Mac Pro reveal, there is a lot to expect from Apple’s developer event this year.