All the major features to expect in macOS 10.15

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Apple is coding up some big upgrades for Mac this fall.
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iOS 13 is expected to be the star of WWDC 2019, but this year’s conference could unleash some of the biggest changes for the Mac we’ve ever seen.

The rumor mill has been dishing out tons of details about macOS 10.15 in the lead up to WWDC 2019. We’ve already seen screenshots of some of the new apps and gotten some good details on how iOS apps are making their way onto the Mac. There’s still plenty of room for Apple to surprise us when it reveals the full details of macOS 10.15 on June 3, but here’s what we know about it so far.

Leaked macOS 10.15 screenshots reveal Music and TV apps

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The TV app for Mac is coming this fall.
The TV app for Mac is coming this fall.
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The first glimpse of Apple’s new Music and TV apps for Mac has been revealed with less than a week to go before WWDC 2019.

9to5Mac published two leaked screenshots of macOS 10.15 this morning just one day after they showed off leaked screenshots of iOS 13’s dark mode. The Music app and TV app screenshots look pretty bare, but reveal some new UI tweaks before Apple’s big keynote on June 3.

Take a look at the new Music app:

How to control your HomePod’s up-next queue from your iPhone

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Siri on HomePod is acceptable for quickly playing an album or a playlist, or even for adding a track to the existing up-next queue. But what if you want to switch the order of some songs in that queue, or delete tracks? Or maybe just use your iPhone to skip tracks, or control the volume of your HomePod without having to talk to the damn thing all the time?

Today we shall find out how.

iPhone music app comes up with endless, catchy song ideas

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It doesn't look like much, but then, neither did Keith Richards.
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Are you a musician struggling to come up with song ideas? Are you a non-musician who just wants to come up with a neat melody for that cat video? Then you should check out Fortamento, a melody generation app for iPhone which is both incredibly easy, and surprisingly deep.

iOS 8.4 beta 3 brings more tweaks to Apple’s Music app

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Beats redesign might not show up at WWDC. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac
Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Apple continues to improve its redesigned Music app, as evidenced by today’s release of iOS 8.4 beta 3.

The new beta is available now in the iOS Dev Center and includes plenty of bug fixes for the Music app, which was updated with new features like a new MiniPlayer, global search, Up Next, personalized playlists and more in iOS 8.4 beta 1.

Take a GIF tour of iOS 8.4’s new Music app

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Apple's Music app is getting a redesign. Photo: Cult of Mac
Apple's Music app is getting a redesign. Photo: Cult of Mac

Rumors of a redesign coming to the iOS Music app have been floating around the rumor mill ever since Apple acquired Beats last year, and today we got our first preview of the future of music.

iOS 8.4 gives developers a look at the redesigned Music app that’s aimed at making it easier, faster, and more fun to listen to music than ever before. Apple has left out the long-rumored streaming-music component of the app, but the redesign is full of other noteworthy features.

Here’s a quick GIF tour of all the new changes:

Scrub Music Tracks Forward And Back At Any Speed With iOS 7 [iOS Tips]

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There you are, listening to your favorite song, when you just want to get to the good part. So you look at the Music app that’s playing that favorite song, and you wonder, “How on earth am I going to scrub through the song to move to where I want to?”

In iOS 7, the visual upgrade gives us a red line in the track being played. You can definitely tap, hold and drag that red line along the track for some high-speed scrubbing, but what if you want to move along the track more slowly, or have a more fine-grained approach?

Here’s how to do just that.

Fall Asleep To Music With Your iPhone’s Hidden Sleep Timer [iOS Tips]

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Whether this feature has been in iOS since the beginning or not, this is the first I’ve heard of it, so I’m guessing there are a few of you out there that haven’t found the sleep timer in iOS, either.

If you want to listen to music or audiobooks before you go to sleep, it’s generally a good idea to have a way to turn the music off after you’ve fallen asleep, right?

Well, it turns out that there’s a sleep timer right in iOS itself, but it might not be where you’d expect it to be.

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Jump Right To The Now Playing Song With Control Center In iOS 7 Beta [iOS Tips]

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Every once in a while, I’m listening to a song via the Music app on my iPhone, or (lately) listening to iTunes Radio on my iPad through a bluetooth speaker in the house, when I want to quickly figure out what’s playing, or maybe mess with the controls, skip a song, or something like that.

Typically, I’d double click the Home button to get a basic controller to pause or skip a song, or click into the home screen, find the Music app, launch it, then tap the Now Playing button, and then make any adjustments.

Now, however, with iOS 7 beta’s new Control Center, you can tap right through to the Now Playing song with a swipe and a tap. Here’s how.