Yearly since 2011, Apple has launched a brand new main model of macOS, so we all know one is coming this yr. However since macOS Large Sur 11 was such an enormous change for Mac customers, Apple might very nicely determine that the subsequent model (probably named macOS 12) will principally give attention to fixes and minor function updates—not in contrast to Snow Leopard, Mountain Lion and Excessive Sierra, . That doesn’t have an effect on our macOS 12 wishlist, although, besides perhaps that it provides us a greater understanding as to why our needs might not be granted this yr. So when macOS 12 is revealed, listed here are a number of options we hope make the listing.
Interface and useability
Fixes and optimizations
Apple doesn’t wait till a serious replace like this one to launch fixes; they normally tackle them in point-release updates. However there all the time appear to be points that linger. For instance, there’s the SSD extreme exercise state of affairs that was found in February. Although it might not be as unhealthy as you may suppose, it nonetheless looks as if it must be addressed.
As for Macs with Apple silicon particularly, can macOS be even sooner than it already is? Large Sur was optimized for Apple’s M1 system on a chip, however there’s all the time extra that might be accomplished with efficiency and battery life, as we’ve seen with each launch of iOS. Large Sur on M1 Macs could be very spectacular, however there are many little points that trigger our MacBooks to pull, lag, and even crash on a semi-regular foundation. Actually, if the subsequent model of macOS focuses totally on fixes and optimization and nothing else, that’s ok for us. All the things else is a bonus.
Time Machine iCloud backups
Our mates at Macworld U.Okay. have this on their wishlist, and now we have to agree. One of many iPhone’s greatest options is iCloud backups, and we’d like to have it’s simply as easy on the Mac. Having an offsite backup is nice follow to arrange for the worst, and whereas there are many third-party cloud backup companies, nothing beats the convenience of use of Time Machine. Hooking up an exterior drive to your Mac is straightforward sufficient, however setting it and forgetting at setup it with iCloud can be great.
Okay, this want, in the entire scheme of issues, is extraordinarily minor. Some may even say it’s foolish. Nevertheless it’s an instance of how macOS and iOS are merging in some ways, nevertheless it shouldn’t be forgotten that macOS UX and iOS UX don’t all the time overlap.
Large Sur introduced macOS Messages on par with the iOS model, which is superior for issues like stickers, pinned messages, and Memoji. However there’s one change we hate: Apple eliminated the “X” button for particular person messages subsequent to conversations. Now after we wish to delete one thing, now we have to right-click it after which choose “Delete Dialog,” or choose the message after which go to File > Delete Dialog. Or, when you’re utilizing a trackpad, you need to use two fingers and swipe to the left to see the Trash icon.
All these choices are positive. However we miss having the ability to shortly hover over a dialog and click on the “X” (seen above) to delete it in a snap. (And sure, we all know we will create a customized keyboard shortcut, however that’s not the purpose.) Eradicating such easy and intuitive performance was a mistake and we’d like Apple to carry it again, please.
Large Sur’s Management Heart—which mirrors the identical options in iOS/iPadOS—helps clear up the cluttered menu bar in an intuitive method, nevertheless it has only a few customization choices. Seven of the buttons are everlasting, which implies those you may deem pointless (Keyboard Brightness, Show Preferences, Music, and so on.) can’t be eliminated. And there are solely three different non-compulsory modules you’ll be able to add.
Management Heart must be no less than as customizable as it’s on iOS, the place it has extra controls out there, the power to take away any modules, and help for House Controls. It is likely to be an excessive amount of to ask at this level to permit third-party apps in Management Heart, however most of our menu bar icons are for third-party apps, and the choice to place them in Management Heart can be a pleasant strategy to clear issues up. However no less than permitting extra macOS modules is a step in the correct route.
Large Sur introduced the identical customizable widgets to the Mac that iOS 14 delivered to the iPhone, and we’re loving them. Apple additionally introduced them to macOS, however they’re caught within the Notification Heart. We’d like it if Apple would transfer them out because it did with the Dashboard widgets of previous.
Apple launched the Shortcuts automation app over two years in the past for iOS, and it’s grow to be a very highly effective software for getting issues accomplished. However on the Mac it will be indispensible.
The Mac already has the highly effective Automator (that icon in your Purposes folder with the cool-looking robotic), nevertheless it’s previous and never as user-friendly as Shortcuts. Shortcuts can be a implausible companion app to Automator, opening up the world of automation to much more customers that aren’t on the lookout for the type of energy Automator brings. Plus it will carry the Mac and iPhone ever nearer since Shortcuts on the Mac would have the ability to run the a whole bunch of Shortcuts already out there on iOS. Which is an effective segué to the subsequent function on this wishlist…
Improved iOS help
Apple continues to tweak its iPhone and iPad app help underneath Catalyst with every Large Sur replace, however there’s nonetheless work to be accomplished. Primarily, the UI nonetheless usually looks like we’re utilizing cell apps on the desktop, significantly with apps like TV and Music, and there are some efficiency tweaks that may be made too. And we’d additionally wish to see far more apps make their method over to the Mac, particularly if Shortcuts makes an look. With out the interoperability with all of these iOS apps, it’s not practically as helpful.
I was an old school, pay-with-cash type of man, so I didn’t use the iPhone Pockets app very a lot. Then Covid hit and plenty of shops stopped accepting money and moved to touchless fee. So it took a pandemic to carry me into the twenty first century and to comprehend how cool an app Pockets is.
Once I store on-line, I do it on my Mac, and it will be good if there was one central location to arrange fee accounts, a spot that’s extra sturdy than the rudimentary System Preferences pane that may retailer boarding passes and occasion tickets, to not point out a spot to pay off my Apple Card invoice with out having to go to card.apple.com or choosing up my iPhone.
Apple Well being and Health+
Apple’s newest train service is offered on iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV, however not on the Mac. For anybody who doesn’t have an Apple TV, Health+ on, say, an iMac or a Mac mini hooked as much as a widescreen monitor is a much better expertise than utilizing an iPad or iPhone. And whereas we’re at it, we’d wish to see a Mac model of the Well being app, too. It’s a head-scratcher that it’s not out there but.
Siri enhancements are a perennial selection on each Apple OS wishlist we write. Apple does make a variety of noise about Siri updates each time a brand new model of macOS or iOS is launched, however they by no means appear to be sufficient. To compete Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa takes fixed consideration and updates, and we haven’t gotten it but. We will’t even set easy alarms on our MacBooks but. It’s time for Siri to make an enormous leap—and it begins with the Mac.
Roman has coated expertise for the reason that early Nineteen Nineties. His profession began at MacUser, and he is labored for MacAddict, Mac|Life, and TechTV.