Developers start tinkering with fifth macOS Catalina beta

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Apple Music in macOS Catalina
Apple Music replacing iTunes is one of the biggest changes in macOS Catalina.
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The debut of macOS 10.15 took a step nearer with the release of macOS Catalina Developer beta 5.  Catalina is intended to let third-party software developers test if their apps are ready for the new version, which will bring significant changes including the end of iTunes.

Looking ahead to macOS Catalina

As far as developers are concerned, perhaps the biggest enhancement in version 10.15 is Catalyst, which makes it easier for developers to port their iPad apps over to the Mac.

For consumers, the most significant move is bringing in Apple Music, Apple Podcast and Apple TV to replace iTunes.

Only those who are paying members of the Apple Developer Program can access the fifth beta of macOS Catalina. A new public beta version is expected soon, however. And the final version is likely to debut in September.

Apple is hard at work on betas of all its operating systems, not just the one for Mac. New public betas of iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 came out just yesterday, along with a developer-only version for watchOS 6.