Craig Federighi, software chief for Apple has revealed that Mac apps such as Stocks, Home, Voice Memos, and News will be getting significant upgrades to make them more suited for the upcoming macOS Catalina.

Stock Mac Apps on macOS Catalina

The four stock apps were once a part of macOS Mojave and have been ported over to the upcoming Catalina via Project Catalyst, which allows developers to easily get their apps transferred over to the macOS environment.

Before, Voice Memos, Home, Stocks, and News acted and performed like iOS apps and didn’t have much in terms of functionality and design, but with the advent of Catalyst they’ll be revisited and re-upped for the Mac platform.

The new Home, Stocks, Voice Memo and News are currently not available, but Apple says that interested beta testers should be able to try them out when the beta launches.

macOS Cataline, tvOS 13 and iOS 13 are just a few weeks away from launch. These new Apple ecosystems are set to be introduced in July.


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