macOS Catalina breaks up iTunes, will add Sidecar, and more

macOS Catalina breaks up iTunes, will add Sidecar, and more

At today’s Worldwide Developer Conference keynote, Apple gave us a sneak peak at the upcoming macOS Catalina, the latest version of its desktop operating system. The upgrade will replace iTunes with Apple Music, Apple Podcasts, and Apple TV apps.

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The iPad gets its own operating system -- with mouse support (updated)

The iPad gets its own operating system -- with mouse support (updated)

During today’s Worldwide Developer Conference keynote, Apple previewed iPadOS, an operating system with a new name to recognize the distinctive experience of the iPad. It builds on the same foundation as iOS, adding new capabilities and features specific to the large display and versatility of the tablet.

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Twelve South introduces BookBook vol. 2 for iPad Pro (2018)

Twelve South introduces BookBook vol. 2 for iPad Pro (2018)

Twelve South’s highly-anticipated BookBook vol. 2 ($89) has arrived, and the iconic hand-crafted leather case has been completely reengineered for the 2018 iPad Pro. The newest version, available at TwelveSouth.com and retail partners, has been reimagined and now includes several key features. 

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Charge up to 4 devices at once with this IPM Wireless Charging Dock

Charge up to 4 devices at once with this IPM Wireless Charging Dock

Wireless charging is the ultimate modern convenience and this fast charging dock is made to outperform every other wireless charger on the market. With 10W of charging power and pure copper induction coils, the IPM Wireless Charging Dock ($69.99) takes full advantage of wireless charging capabilities in any Qi-compatible device. Plus the innovative four-in-one design enables you to use it to charge smartwatches, smartphones, wireless headsets, or an Apple Pencil while adding zero clutter to your workspace. Use promo code WEEKEND15 and cut another 15% off of the already low price — just $59.50 for this powerful charger!

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Adonit Pro 4 is a solid stylus choice for iPhone users

Adonit Pro 4 is a solid stylus choice for iPhone users

Adonit’s Pro 4 is described as a passive, non-Bluetooth stylus with a precision disc for “note takers, mobile gamers and artists” so they can sketch, write and navigate on any touch screen surface. It’s targeted to, among others, iPhone (XS Max, XS, XR, X, 8, 8 Plus) users.

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Rumored ‘Sidecar’ feature for macOS 10.15 will benefit Macs and iPads

Rumored ‘Sidecar’ feature for macOS 10.15 will benefit Macs and iPads

According to 9to5Mac, Apple is planning a feature for the upcoming macOS 10.15 dubbed “Sidecar,” which will offer the functionality of the Luna Display (see my review) and Duet Display. In other words, it will allow an iPad to act as a secondary display (and more) when paired with your Mac.

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Future Apple Pencils may have adjustable sizes

Future Apple Pencils may have adjustable sizes

Future Apple Pencils may have adjustable sizes. Apple has been granted a patent (number 20190064936) for an “adjustable handheld stylus.” The tech giant notes that styluses are available in a variety of shapes and sizes that are each intended to satisfy certain user preferences. However, while some shapes and sizes are advantageous for certain purposes, the same shapes and sizes can be less desirable for other purposes. 

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Luna Display lets you easily, quickly turn your iPad into a Mac display

Luna Display lets you easily, quickly turn your iPad into a Mac display

Need a secondary display for use with your Mac — or perhaps simply a display for that new Mac mini? Own an iPad? If so, you’re in luck because the $79.99 Luna Display can turn an Apple tablet into a wireless second display for your Mac. 

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Metropolis offers great protection for the iPad Pro — but doesn’t accommodate the Smart Keyboard Folio

Metropolis offers great protection for the iPad Pro — but doesn’t accommodate the Smart Keyboard Folio

Urban Armor Gear (UAG) has launched its new Metropolis Series Case for the new iPad Pro 10.5 and 12.9-inch models at a price of $59.95 and $89.95, respectively. I tested the latter and found it to be very rugged — but with one major “gotcha” for folks like me.

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