MacOS Catalina: What’s New in Apple’s Next MacOS Version?

Apple is going to announce a new macOS system named Catalina this fall, which may cause a huge update to your Mac. So what are new features that this version will offer? Let’s take a look at this post now.

What's New in macOS Catalina

Every year at WWDC, we get a look at what’s coming to the next version of Apple’s macOS desktop operating system. In the past, we’ve had big updates like Leopard and less-ambitious ones like Snow Leopard. This time, Apple abandoned its naming convention, moving from the (Mojave) desert to the California coast of Catalina.

The island update is less extensive than its predecessor, but there are some welcome changes on tap. Maybe more important than any new features are developer tools Apple is releasing in order to make converting iOS apps to Mac apps a cinch. At WWDC 2019, Apple showed versions of GameLoft’s Asphalt 9 Ledgends and Atlassian Jira ported from their respective iOS versions, with all the desktop options like keyboard shortcuts and drag-and-drop included.

Photos App Redesigned

As on iOS, the Mac Photos app has been redesigned with a new home screen, video autoplay, and new organization of views that bring out the best by Day, Month, and Year. The update also removes duplicates and clutter such as screenshots, and uses AI to determine your best shots and important events like birthdays and trips.

Find My . (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Find My

The very useful Find Friends and Find My iPhone apps are now joined into a single Find My app. A new benefit will be that you can find a device even if it’s offline, based on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth signals. Apple states that the info used to locate the device is anonymous and encrypted end-to-end. Nothing new about the Find My Friend part of the app was shown at WWDC, but it’s a great utility. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)


This capability had been possible through third-party apps, but it’s never worked as seamlessly. Sidecar lets you use your iPad as an external monitor and use an Apple Pencil for markup and drawing. It also adds a Touch Bar to Macs that don’t have one. Sidecar works either wired or wireless, and in either extended or mirrored desktop views. Compatible sidecar apps for drawing include Adobe Illustrator, CorelDRAW, Cinema 4D, and ZBrush.

No More iTunes

At WWDC, Apple’s Craig Federighi joked that people wanted more functions in iTunes, while in truth the media application has long been criticized for its feature bloat. With Catalina, Apple cuts the cord, completely removing iTunes as a standalone app. Instead, all its music functions will be covered by the Music app and all its video apps by the Apple TV app. Podcasts gets its own app, just as it has on iOS, but the new Mac app will be able to index spoken words in podcasts to help in searching.

Screen Time

This is another feature that makes the move from iOS to the Mac with Catalina. Having Screen Time on all your devices will enable a full picture of your tech use. Set communication limits for offspring, schedule offline time, and see which apps and websites are occupying you and your family. A a new “One more minute” feature lets you add work time to finish up before breaks, and Family Sharing offers new child monitoring options.

Notes App

Notes has a new gallery view, shared folders, and more powerful search. The latter means you can now search for text in scanned documents and objects in photos. It also suggests search terms as soon as you click into the search box. New checklist options let you reorder items with drag and drop, and reuse old checklists.

Safari Updates

Apple’s default web browser has a new start page with suggested content based on your browsing history and even links from Messages. The browser now warns you about weak passwords, and lets you switch to picture-in-picture view from the tab audio button.

Accessibility and Voice Control

Voice control of computers has been around for over a decade, but with Catalina, Apple beefs it up with Siri AI smarts in the new Voice Control app. It works for both computer control and voice dictation, and offers a Hover Text zoomed-in window for easier text input. You can add custom words, or see suggested words or emoji.
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What Can We Expect at Apple WWDC 2019?

On Monday, Apple Inc.’s will start its opening keynotes for the 2019 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Jose, when the company will show off its new iOS version, as well as other systems such as MacOS, WatchOS, TVOS. What else can expect at this annual big event? Well, let’s read on to find out more.


Software updates

Apple usually shows of the next generation of iOS, its operating system for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. The next version is iOS 13, and is expected to include a dark mode, according to 9 to 5 Mac. The mode changes the color scheme of a screen so that it’s easier to see in low light. Apple already has a dark mode available on its Macs. Other changes could include updates for its built-in apps like Reminders, new health-tracking features like a hearing-measurement tool, and more multitasking features on the iPad.

Read more: What’s New in iOS 13?

An end to iTunes

After 18 years, Apple could finally take its main application for all music and video content out of commission, according to Bloomberg. The decision would not be a big surprise. The groundwork has already been laid, with Apple breaking music into its own app and investing heavily in content and partnerships for a revamped TV app.

Apple Watch breaks free

The four-year-old Apple Watch has always been somewhat dependent on the iPhone for key tasks. This year, Apple could give the wearable more independence with an App Store all its own, as well as updates to key apps and new ones for health-tasks like period tracking.

A possible Mac Pro

While WWDC is focused on software, Apple has been known to tack on some hardware announcements. Nothing iPhone related — those are saved for the big fall event — but Apple could finally unveil an update to its Mac Pro, along with a new Apple display. The company has been promising a new model of the powerful PC since 2017, after a lukewarm reception for its cylindrical “trash can” Mac Pro in 2013.

The event will start at 10am PT/1pm ET on Monday, June 3, and ended on Friday, June 7, 2019 and it will be streamed on Apple’s site.



Apple Unveils New MacBook Pro – the Fastest Mac Notebook Ever

Recently, Apple has introduced its new MacBook Pro with faster 8th- and 9th-generation Intel Core processors, bringing eight cores to MacBook Pro for the first time. MacBook Pro now delivers two times faster performance than a quad-core MacBook Pro and 40 percent more performance than a 6-core MacBook Pro, making it the fastest Mac notebook ever.

These new processors, combined with powerful graphics, the brilliant and colorful Retina display, super-fast SSDs, the Apple T2 Security Chip, all-day battery life and macOS, make MacBook Pro the world’s best pro notebook.

“Whether it’s college students mastering a course of study, developers building world-class apps or video editors creating feature films, we’re constantly amazed at what our customers do with their MacBook Pro,” said Tom Boger, Apple’s senior director of Mac Product Marketing. “Now with 8-core processors for an incredible performance boost, along with its stunning Retina display, fast storage, all-day battery life and running macOS, MacBook Pro continues to be the world’s best pro notebook and we can’t wait to get it into our customer’s hands to see what they do next.”

When compared to the fastest quad-core 15-inch MacBook Pro, the new MacBook Pro with 8-core processors is up to two times faster, so:

  • Music producers can play back massive multi-track projects with up to two times more Alchemy plug-ins in Logic Pro X.
  • 3D designers can render scenes up to two times faster in Maya Arnold.
  • Photographers can apply complex edits and filters up to 75 percent faster in Photoshop.
  • Developers can compile code up to 65 percent faster in Xcode.
  • Scientists and researchers can compute complex fluid dynamics simulations up to 50 percent faster in TetrUSS.
  • Video editors can edit up to 11 simultaneous multicam streams of 4K video in Final Cut Pro X.


All new Macs come with macOS Mojave, the latest version of the Apple’s desktop operating system, with features inspired by pros but designed for everyone. In Mojave, Dark Mode transforms the desktop with a dramatic new look that puts the focus on user content, Stacks organizes messy desktops by automatically stacking files into neat groups and FaceTime supports group calling. Mojave also brings iOS apps, including News, Stocks, Voice Memos and Home to the Mac and features a redesigned Mac App Store with rich editorial content and the addition of apps from top developers, including Microsoft and Adobe.

Pricing and Availability

Starting at $1,799 and $2,399 respectively, the updated 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and 15-inch MacBook Pro are available from the release day (May 21, 2019) through, the Apple Store app and in select Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Resellers later this week.


TunesKit Newly Released iOS System Recovery to Fix iOS to Normal without Data Loss

TunesKit Studio has formally announced the release of its new product, iOS System Recovery, designed to help users to fix a majority of iOS system issues on iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, including recovery mode, black screen, etc., without losing any data.

March 1st, 2019 – Being one of the most preeminent leaders in multimedia software, TunesKit has launched a brand new iOS utility called iOS System Recovery that lets you fix common and serious iOS problems on your iOS devices without the need for professionals.

ios system recovery interface

TunesKit iOS System Recovery is able to get you out of the troubles with a few clicks only, no matter your iPhone gets stuck in recovery mode, or is disabled with forgotten passcode or others. Generally speaking, this smart iOS repair tool can solve up to 30 types of iOS issues so far.

While using TunesKit iOS System Recovery, you don’t need to worry about the data risk as it won’t hurt any of your personal info during the repairing process. It provides two repair modes, including Standard Mode and Advanced Mode so that it can recover iOS to normal from almost all iOS system issues, including the common and more complicated ones. With Standard Mode, it will fix the iOS problems such as white Apple logo, iPhone won’t turn on, black screen, etc. without causing any data loss on your iPhone/iPad/iPod touch. For more serious issues, you need to switch to Advanced Mode instead. However, in this case, it will erase all iOS data on your device.

This iOS system repair software is designed with simple user interface so that anyone can handle the program with ease. The whole recovery process only takes 3 easy steps, including choosing repair mode, downloading firmware package and recovering the iOS.

In addition to an iOS repair tool, TunesKit iOS System Recovery can also be great assistant to help you resolving iTunes errors, such as the backup and restore failure. Besides, you can use this program to downgrade iOS to previous version without extra operation. It also gets your iOS device into/out of recovery mode with only one click.

TunesKit iOS System Recovery Key Features

  •  Repair 30+ iOS problems on iPhone/iPad/iPod touch at home
  •  Get your iDevice back to normal without data loss
  •  Easily fix iOS with 2 repair modes
  •  Recover iOS system in 3 simple steps
  •  Fix iTunes backup/restore errors
  •  Downgrade iOS to previous version without jailbreak

Price and Availability

At present, this software is fully compatible with the latest iOS 12, as well as almost all iOS devices models ranging from the old iPhone 4 to the new iPhone XS, XR and more. It is sold under different license types, including multi-user license, single user license and family license. The price of different license types also vary from $39.95 to $89.95. It is available for both Mac and Windows operating systems, including Windows 10, macOS 10.14, 10.13, and more.

TunesKit, a multimedia software provider, mainly focuses on developing one-up media editing and conversion software. Generally, it offers fast and simple ways to recover lost or deleted iOS data, fix iOS errors, edit and convert iTunes movies, Apple Music, Spotify songs over the years, having about 5,000,000 satisfied users all around the world.




Highlights of Apple Special Event 2018 – iPhone Xs, Xs Max, Xr, and Apple Watch 4

It’s been a quiet year for Apple announcements thus far, but with the Cupertino company’s special event finally here, all eyes are on the trillion dollar company to deliver a few “wow” moments during its keynote. Usually, Apple is good at spreading out hardware releases between its iPhone, iPad, and MacBook lineups, and this year is no different.

Apple’s September event historically focuses exclusively on the iPhone and they did just that. Sidelining the rumored bezel-less iPad and new MacBook upgrade, Apple focused on their new Apple Watch Series 4 and three brand new iPhones. With an Austin Powers in Goldmember theme, the tech giant offered a strong lineup of goods that fans should be excited for.

Take a look at everything Apple unveiled during their 2018 special event, and let us know if you will be copping.

Apple Watch Series 4


The Apple Watch Series 4 will most likely get some shine during the keynote. On the software end, the watch has always been a tech delight, but it will be more exciting to see what changes Apple makes to the hardware design. Will it keep its signature boxy look or will it take on a round classic watch design approach, similar to the Samsung Galaxy Watch? If so, it would be the first major redesign in the watch’s three-year lifespan.

To kick off the day of reveals, Apple start with the new Apple Watch Series 4. The new upgrade features an ew black ceramic build, slightly new shape with 32-35% bigger screen and is also thinner. The watch will come in a new 40mm and 44mm sizes. Under the hood, the Series 4 is equipped with a dual core 64-bit S4 chip (2x faster) than previous models. It has an improved digital crown w/ haptic feedback and a 50% louder speaker.

There’s now a electric heart censor, which allows you to take an ECG to analyze your heart rhythm. With all new snesors, the watch can also detect when you accidentally fall.

The Apple Watch Series 4 will be available September 21 for $399 (with GPS) and 499 (with cellular network) and will come in three colorways: silver, gold, and space grey.

iPhone Xs & Xs Max


The main item on the bill is a lineup of new iPhones. Apple introduces two new upgrades to the X lineup: Xs and Xs Max. Both have still have the front display notch surrounded by the “most durable glass in a smartphone.” They both have a super retina OLED display – 5.8 inches for the Xs and 6.5 inch for the Xs Max (the largest display on an iPhone).

The both phones are equipped with an A12 Bionic chip, the first 7 nanometer chip, according to Apple, and the smartest chip in any smartphone. It has 512GB of storage, meaning that it can store 200,000 photos.
Speaking of photos, the Xs and Xs Max will have a dual 12 MP wide and 12 MP telephoto camera on the back with a 7MP camera on the front. The camera’s have been upgraded to feature an advanced bokeh depth control, improved true tone flash, better red eye reduction, portrait mode, and Smart HDR.
Battery life has also been improved. With the Xs, you’ll get a 30 minute longer battery life than the original X. The Xs Max battery will last over 90 minutes longer.
Both the Xs and Xs Max will come in either a 64G, 256G, 512G options. The Xs will start at $999, while the Xs Max starting price is $1099. Both phones are set to release on September 21.

iPhone Xr


Apple hit us with a “one more thing” moment, introducing us to the iPhone Xr. Serving as an upgrade to the iPhone 8, the Xr is a cheaper tier option for fans not wanting to drop over $1000 on a phone.

The Xr comes in six colorways: white, black, blue, coral, yellow, project red, and is equipped with an edge-to-edge screen. It has the “most advanced LCD display”, which Apple is calling liquid retina display. The screen is 6.1 inches, 1.4 mill pixels, and is bigger display than 8 Plus.

The phone will also feature haptic and 3D touch, a powerful A12 bionic chip, a single 12MP wide angle camera (featured in the iPhone Xs) and will have 90 minutes more battery life than 8 plus.

The phone will be available on October 26 with 64 GB, 128GB, and 256GB options starting at $749.


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TunesKit DRM Removal Tools Starting at $9.95 on 2017 Xmas Deals

TunesKit officially kicked off its 2017 Christmas and 2018 New Year holiday promo by introducing up to 75% off big discount on all of its featured DRM removal products, including newly released tools and the existing top-rated ones.


As the year of 2017 is coming to an end, TunesKit launched special offer with biggest discounts unveiled on its well known DRM removal tools, including audio capture, iTunes M4V converter, Apple music converter, Audible AA/AAX converter, etc. to embrace and celebrate the upcoming Xmas and New Year with customers worldwide. TunesKit Xmas and New Year big sale is time-limited and will be available from December 18th 2017 to Jan 15th, 2018. During the promo, all customers are supposed to get any desired TunesKit DRM media converting software, such as iTunes M4V Video Converter, Audio Capture, Apple Music Converter, DRM Audio Converter, iBook Copy, etc. at the lowest price ever. With those smart tools, users can unlock DRM protection from all kinds of protected media content, like iTunes movies, TV shows, audiobooks, M4P music songs, Spotify tracks, iBooks ePub, etc. with ease.

$9.95 Offer for Audio Capture

The biggest discount of TunesKit Xmas deals goes to TunesKit Audio Capture, a newly released audio recording tool that can capture any sound playing on Mac and PC, including streaming music, music games, movies, live broadcasts, etc. with almost lossless quality. This Christmas, users can get this smart app at $9.95 only, saving $30 in total. They only need to share the promo on their Facebook account and the coupon will be activated and delivered for lifelong multi-user license.

Up to 50% Off Sale on All Other Products

Other TunesKit DRM removal products, such as Spotify Music Converter – all-around downloader and extractor for Spotify music tracks and playlists; DRM Media Converter – the lossless iTunes DRM remover to convert DRM M4V to MP4; DRM Audio Converter – complete audio converting tool to convert DRM-ed and non-DRM audios; Apple Music Converter – a powerful Apple Music software to remove DRM from offline M4P songs; Audible Audiobook Converter – smart Audible AA/AAX to MP3 converter; iBook Copy for Mac – unique iBooks DRM removal app, etc. are all on sale from 20% to 50% off on the Christmas special offer, the highest discounts ever offered by TunesKit throughout the past years.

Save Bigger on Special DRM Media Converter Bundles

In case there are some customers would like to own multiple DRM media converting products to convert different types of DRM protection once, TunesKit provides bigger savings with special product bundles on its Xmas and New Year sales as well. Those good valued bundles are offered at up to 50% off discounts with packages like 4-in-one DRM converters, DRM Media Converter bundle, etc.

All TunesKit products on sale in this Xmas special offer come with Windows and Mac versions, with the exception of iBook Copy, which is only available for macOS. All tools are available for try before buying. For more details about the biggest discounts and offers of TunesKit products, please visit the official 2017 Christmas & New Year promotion page:

About TunesKit Software

TunesKit Software is a professional multimedia software developer specialized in providing the best DRM removal solutions and services, including Streaming Audio Capture, iTunes DRM M4V Video Converter, DRM Audio Converter, Audible Audiobook Converter, Apple Music Converter, iBook Copy, etc. to customers throughout the world. As a reliable DRM removal solution manufacturer and provider, TunesKit also offers free life-long software upgrade and prompt online support for users. All DRM products sold on TunesKit are home edition designed and encouraged for personal use only. Till now, TunesKit has served millions of happy registers all over the world.

Get Best DRM Removal Solutions at Lowest Price from TunesKit 2017 Thanksgiving Offer


As Thanksgiving is pending near, TunesKit Software officially rolled out its 2017 Thanksgiving special deals with up to 75% off biggest discounts on all of its featured DRM removal products, in return for customers’ persistent support and trust in the past year.

TunesKit 2017 Thanksgiving promo is time-limited and will not come to an end until the last minute of December 7th. That’s to say, throughout the whole shopping season from this year’s Thanksgiving, Cyber Monday to Black Friday, all customers can get their desired DRM removal products, such as iTunes M4V Converter, Spotify Downloder, Apple Music Converter, DRM Audio Converter, iBook Copy, etc. from TunesKit Thanksgiving sales with huge discounts ranging from 20% to 75% off. Thanks to this special promo, TunesKit users can easily bypass DRM from all kinds of protected media, such as iTunes M4V movies, audiobooks, M4P songs, Apple Music, Spotify tracks, Audible audiobooks, iBooks ePub, etc. at the cheapest budget.

Specifically speaking, the highest discount of this special offer is applied to TunesKit no.1 downloads, Spotify Music Converter. It’s now sold at $9.95 only for Thanksgiving, saving you $30 in total! As a smart Spotify downloader and extractor, it can help you easily download any Spotify songs and playlists in MP3, WAV, etc. formats for offline listening even if you are using Spotify Free plan. To get this great tool with the super discount, all you need to do is share TunesKit Thanksgiving promotion campaign to your Facebook page. Once done, you can get the $30 coupon code and buy the product at the lowest price ever provided by TunesKit or any other similar brands in the market.

Other products, including TunesKit DRM Media Converter, Audio Converter, Apple Music Converter, Audible Converter, and iBook Copy sold this Thanksgiving are all offered with a 20% off discount, pricing at $20 to $30 only. In addition, to fullfil the conversion requirements of some customers who may need to convert different kinds of DRM-ed media content, TunesKit 2017 Thanksgiving specials also offer some best valued DRM media converter bundles at up to 50% off, including the 4-in-one ultimate bundle, DRM M4V and Audio Converter bundle, etc. No matter what DRM media items you want to unlock, TunesKit special deals will definitely cover all your needs.

“These special discounts are exclusive for this Thanksgiving only. All the prices are the lowest ever made by TunesKit since the very beginning. We hope this promo could deliver our sincere gratitude to all new and existing customers of TunesKit. Without whose trust and support, we can’t grow as strong as today.” said Andres, TunesKit global marketing director.

All discounted DRM removal tools included in this Thanksgiving offer are all come with Windows and Mac versions, with the exception of iBook Copy for Mac, which is only available for Mac OS. All software is provided with free trial versions which allow you test the full functionalities before buying. For more details about the special discounts and offers, please visit the TunesKit official Thanksgiving promotion page of 2017:

About TunesKit Software

TunesKit Software is a professional multimedia software developer specialized in providing the best DRM removal solutions and services, including iTunes DRM M4V Video Converter, DRM Audio Converter, Apple Music Converter, Spotify Music Converter, iBook Copy, etc. to customers throughout the world. As a reliable DRM removal solution manufacturer and provider, TunesKit also offers free life-long software upgrade and prompt online support for users. All DRM products sold on TunesKit are home edition designed and encouraged for personal use only. Till now, TunesKit has served millions of happy registers all over the wold.


TunesKit 2017 Halloween Sale – Up to 50% Off on DRM Removal Tools


TunesKit, one of the world’s best known DRM removal solution manufacturers, officially launched its 2017 Halloween big sales with up to 50% off discounts on most of its featured DRM video and music converting tools, including DRM M4V Converter, DRM Audio Converter, Spotify Music Converter, iBook Copy, etc., aiming to help people enjoy a more funny and unforgettable Halloween night by playing creepy movies and tunes freely and easily.

As one of the most important holidays of the whole year, Halloween is a special day known as trick and treating. But at TunesKit’s 2017 Halloween promo, there are only treats with no tricks. This special offer is time-limited, starting from October 25th to November, 5th. The special discounts applied to TunesKit DRM removal products range from 20% to 50% off, enabling movie fans and music lovers convert Halloween-themed DRM movies, music, and other media content according to specific needs at pretty low costs.

Specifically speaking, during the promotion period, customers can not only get 20% discount on all TunesKit popular DRM removers, like DRM Media Converter, DRM Audio Converter, Spotify Converter, Audible Converter for both Mac and Windows, but also save 50% off on some specially made DRM converter bundles, being combined with different products in one package to meet different converting purposes. With the help of those DRM removal solutions from TunesKit, users can easily remove DRM restriction from encrypted iTunes M4V movies, TV episodes, audiobooks, Apple Music and Spotify songs, iBooks eBooks as well as other protected media with ease.

For more details about TunesKit 2017 Halloween special deals, please visit the official page here:

About TunesKit Software

TunesKit Software is a professional multimedia software developer specialized in providing the best DRM removal solutions and services, including iTunes DRM M4V Video Converter, DRM Audio Converter, Apple Music Converter, Spotify Music Converter, iBook Copy, etc. to customers throughout the world. As a reliable DRM removal solution manufacturer and provider, TunesKit also offers free life-long software upgrade and prompt online support for users. All DRM products sold on TunesKit are home edition designed and encouraged for personal use only.

TunesKit DRM Removal Products Now Work Perfectly with iTunes 12.7

TunesKit, the top leader in DRM removal field, officially upgraded its featured DRM removal products for Mac, including DRM Media Converter, DRM Audio Converter, and Apple Music Converter by adding the perfect support to iTunes 12.7 on macOS 10.12 Sierra or lower. Till now, all TunesKit DRM media converter for Mac and Windows would work perfectly with the latest iTunes v.12.7 when removing DRM protection from iTunes M4V videos, Audible audiobooks, as well as Apple Music songs, etc.


Along with other new world-shocking products like iPhone 8, iPhone X, Apple TV 4K, Apple also launched the new version of iTunes 12.7 on the occasion of its tenth anniversary. Once it’s released, iTunes users can download the new upgrade for both Mac and Windows. However, TunesKit DRM removal product users, especially those using the Mac versions must have found that those tools can’t work as expected once the iTunes was upgraded to v.12.7. As a professional and customer-oriented iTunes DRM removal solution provider in the world, TunesKit R&D team began to seek for the fix as soon as the error occurred. Thanks to persistent hard work and continuous tests, they finally made a breakthrough on this issue and found the ultimate solution, making TunesKit the first developer that fixed the iTunes 12.7 incompatibility error in DRM removal area.

“Apple has strengthened its DRM encryption method with the release of iTunes 12.7. Therefore the old decrypting core used by TunesKit DRM removers can’t suppose to work any more.Fortunately, our programmers invented a new advanced DRM cracking technique completely different with the old one and it apparently turns out to working pretty well.” said Lee, TunesKit R&D director. “We also received some customers’ concern about converting the new 4K iTunes movie content with TunesKit. As a result, we’ll keep testing the program on our end and try our best to support those 4K movies in the near future.”

To sum up, no matter you are using the Mac or Windows version of TunesKit DRM media converting software, you can go ahead to upgrade your iTunes to 12.7 without worrying about the compatibility at all. However, Mac users should be well noted that the solution for iTunes 12.7 on macOS 10.13 High Sierra is still under development. Therefore those newly released TunesKit DRM removal products for Mac can only work well for iTunes 12.7 under macOS 10.12 or earlier.

To get the latest versions of the upgraded TunesKit Mac products, please either use the built-in auto upgrading or download the latest setup files from TunesKit Download Center.


The Biggest Announcements of Apple WWDC 2017: iOS 11, HomePod, iMac Pro …

Apple’s WWDC 2017 keynote just wrapped, where key executives Craig Federighi, Phil Schiller, and, of course, Tim Cook, took the stage to announce updates headed to iPhones, MacBooks, Apple TV, and more.

The rumors for this year’s WWDC came in the final hours leading up to the event, with hints of new hardware and, of course, software news for developers to help prep the release of consumer updates in the fall. We were also anticipating the company to finally take Siri up against the likes of Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant on the hardware and smart home front — and it looks like it arrived in the form of the Apple HomePod.

Here are the highlights from today’s keynote.

Apple Announces HomePod Speaker to Take on Amazon Echo and Sonos

So let’s get the Siri speaker rumors out of the way: it turns out Apple wasn’t quite aiming its smart speaker to go against just Amazon Echo and Google Home, but also the Sonos home entertainment speakers. Called the HomePod, it uses spacial awareness to tune and better fill the room with sound based on the space it’s in. It also has a “Musicologist” feature that works with Apple Music to stream the music you ask the speaker’s built-in Siri to play. You can even ask more complex, music-related questions like “Who’s the drummer in this song?” or “What album came out on this day 20 years ago?”
The HomePod will be available in two colors — black or white — and will integrate Siri in an Amazon Echo / Google Home-like use case. You can ask it to control smart home devices and check the day’s weather and news briefings. Apple priced the HomePod at $349, with plans to ship it in December first to customers in the US, UK, and Australia. It will enter more international markets next year. Check out our hands-on with the HomePod for a first look.

iMac Pro Introduced, Alongside Updated Desktop Specs

Apple’s introducing updated iMac desktops with improved Retina displays, graphics boosts, Kaby Lake processors, and USB-C. They will also support graphics for VR content creation. During the keynote, Apple demoed this by showing off a VR game featuring Darth Vader, a lightsaber, and TIE fighter.
There’s a new iMac Pro as well, with a 5K display with improved cooling capacity, and 8-core Xeon processor (upgradeable up to 18-core,) up to 4TB of SSD, up to 128GB of ECC memory, four Thunderbolt 3 ports, and built-in 10GB Ethernet.

The new iMac starts at $1,099 for the 21.5-inch model, and $1,299 for the 4K model. MacBooks will get upgraded, too; the MacBook Pro starting at $1,299, which includes the updated Kaby Lake processor. The iMac Pro starts at $4,999, and ships in December.

iOS 11 Comes with Improved Siri, Automatic Do Not Disturb Driving Mode, iMessage Features

The new version of iOS software has some pretty social updates, such as an update to Siri that has improved speech, the ability to help translate sentences into different languages, and on-device learnings that suggest actions based on what you do on your iPhone or iPad. iMessages now live in the iCloud, with synchronized conversations that you can delete from any device you own that are under the same account. You can also pay and receive payments from contacts through iMessage — so no more Venmo or Square Cash if you don’t want to download extra apps.

Photo capture is also improved, with better low-light performance, and the ability to edit Live Photos so you can change the key still image or trim the video. There’s a new control center as well, which relies a lot on 3D Touch and condenses most controls on the lower half of the screen without looking cluttered.

There’s also a new safety feature that recognizes when a user is driving and automatically turns on Do Not Disturb to prevent distractions. When you’re available to be more social, you can now head to Apple Music to see what your friends are listening to and check out shared playlists.

Lastly, the App Store has been redesigned for better discovery and a How To section for tips on how to use various popular apps. Apple’s also bringing back the “App of the Day” section to promote users to open the App Store more frequently.

iOS 11 for iPad Brings Windows-Esque Multitasking Abilities

On the iPad, iOS 11 improves multitasking that lets users pull up an app from the dock and drag it onto the screen to split the screen. Similar to what you can do on a MacBook, you can use touch to hold and drag folders, files, or photos and drop them in a different app such as Mail or iMessage. Handwritten text from an Apple Pencil will also be searchable from the Notes app. Apple claims it uses “deep learning” to recognize penmanship.

Apple also talked briefly about the Files app that leaked a few hours before the keynote kicked off, which is just a management system that you can use to sort files by size and date, similar to how you’d go through your files on a desktop or laptop.

Apple Lets Developers Make More Immersive Apps with Arkit

Just as Lauren Goode predicted, Apple introduced a new ARKit to let developers build augmented reality apps for the iPhone. The kit can help find planes, track motion, and estimate scale and ambient lighting. Popular apps like Pokémon Go will also use ARKit for improved real-time renders.

Rather than requiring external hardware like Microsoft’s HoloLens, Apple seems to be betting on ARKit to provide impressive quality imaging through a device most people already own. We’ll know more on how the quality actually compares when we get to try it out ourselves.

10.5-inch iPad Pro Introduced

The iPad Pro will now be available in three different sizes, with a new 10.5-inch model introduced today. There’s a 12-megapixel camera, just like the iPhone 7, with a 7MP selfie cam. It supports USB 3.0 and has 10 hours of battery life.

There’s a new feature called ProMotion which reduces the Apple Pencil’s latency to 20 milliseconds. It can automatically adjust the refresh rate based on what you’re watching (fast-moving video versus still image). ProMotion also doubles the refresh rate to up to 120Hz.

The 10.5-inch iPad Pro will be available starting with a 64GB configuration at $649; it’s available to order now and shipping next week.

The New MacOS Is Named High Sierra. Yep

The upcoming version of macOS will be called High Sierra, and it comes with updates to Safari that help block site trackers and autoplaying videos. Apple’s also added new photo-editing tools like curves (helpful for those who don’t have Adobe Photoshop), and it has better filtering tools to sort images by keywords or faces.

An updated file management system will be a part of the update as well, which speeds up directory cloning with native encryption. On the graphics end, there’s a second version of Metal, support for VR, and a Metal 2 developer kit that you can order with an AMD GPU to tune apps for external graphics.

WatchOS 4 Brings New Siri Watchface, Fitness Coaching, and A New App-Browsing UI

An update for the Apple Watch is coming which introduces new faces that display different types of informations, such as Siri reminders or more visual ones that feature Toy Story characters a la Mickey Mouse. There’s also a fitness-focused update, which includes monthly challenges to encourage the wearer to get more active and NFC-enabled data sharing where the user can tap their Apple Watch on gym equipment to pair the two, sharing the most accurate calorie burn and activity information.
There’s also a new Music app to make finding and playing music via the Apple Watch more visual — you can now use a new dock layout to scroll through recently opened apps.
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