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Technology Apple commits to making new media apps for Windows

15:55  20 november  2019
15:55  20 november  2019 Source:   engadget.com

Netflix confirms it won’t port its iPad app to macOS

  Netflix confirms it won’t port its iPad app to macOS Apple’s Catalyst efforts are off to a slow startNetflix is one of the most popular free iPad apps on the entire platform. And while it’s true that it’s already available on Mac computers through any web browser, there are advantages to a native app that a ported iPad version could bring, including downloadable movies and TV shows to enjoy offline or full integration for Apple’s picture-in-picture mode.

Apple ’s job vacancy mentions that having experience with Universal Windows Platform (UWP) is a big plus, so we can imagine that the company is actually working on brand new apps for Windows . With the increasing investment in services, it makes sense for Apple to expand its apps to other platforms.

In macOS Catalina, Apple eliminated the iTunes app and replaced it with new Music, Podcasts, and TV apps , but similar changes were not made to Apple 's iTunes for Windows app . You possess strong skills in the areas of application design, solid API design principles and have a strong understanding

It seems that Apple is finally turning its attention to its Windows users. A new Apple job listing reveals that the company is hiring software engineers to build "the next generation of media apps for Windows," with the blurb suggesting the company could be looking to introduce Windows apps akin to those already offered on Mac.

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When Apple got rid of the iTunes app in macOS Catalina it was swiftly replaced with new dedicated apps for music, podcasts and TV. The iTunes for Windows app didn't get the same treatment, with folks on Windows 10 having to rely on Apple TV+ and Apple Music via the web, which doesn't really make for great UX.

Netflix still refuses to make a Mac app, but there’s already an amazing alternative for you

  Netflix still refuses to make a Mac app, but there’s already an amazing alternative for you The best way to watch Netflix is using its official apps, regardless of the operating system, unless you’re a Mac owner in which case you’re stuck with a browser or experimenting with third-party apps. But if you were hoping for Netflix to just port its iPad app to Mac now that macOS Catalina is available and Apple’s Catalyst tech is available to developers, you’ll have to think again. For the moment, that’s not happening, although it might have to do more with Apple than Netflix.© Provided by Penske Media Corporation netflix An extensive Bloomberg report earlier this week explained the various issues iOS developers have with porting their iPad apps to the Mac via Catalyst.

A recent job listing reveals Apple is looking to grow its presence on Windows with new media -centric apps , potentially hinting at plans to expand beyond the There is no means to access Apple TV or Apple TV+ programming on Xbox One, making the hugely popular gaming platform ripe for innovation.

Building a new Apple TV app for Windows 10 could allow the company to reach both Windows 10 and Xbox One users, and compete better with Netflix, which has apps for both the platforms. And more importantly, Apple Music could also get a new app on Windows as part of Apple ’s plan to make the

The job ad also calls for experience with UWP, or Universal Windows Platform. As MacRumors notes, apps with UWP support would not only work on Windows 10 platforms but on Xbox One as well, which could potentially open up Apple TV+ to platforms beyond smart TVs and Apple tech, thus tapping into another potentially lucrative market for the company.

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Transit's Apple Watch app returns after two-year hiatus .
More than a few well-known developers pulled their Apple Watch apps in the past couple of years due to technical obstacles or just a lack of interest, but one of those apps has come roaring back. As promised back in September, Transit has re-launched its Apple Watch app after a nearly two-year break -- and with significant improvements, to boot. The popular public transportation tool is now a native app, of course, but it also gives you considerably more detail than just arrival times, including future arrivals and a map indicating where to go.

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