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 a giant change for Mac customers, Apple might very properly resolve that the following model (most likely named macOS 12) will largely deal with fixes and minor characteristic 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 will not be granted this yr. So when macOS 12 is revealed, listed here are a couple of options we hope make the checklist.
Interface and useability
Fixes and optimizations
Apple doesn’t wait till a serious replace like this one to launch fixes; they often handle them in point-release updates. However there all the time appear to be points that linger. For instance, there’s the SSD excessive activity scenario that was found in February. Regardless that it may not be as bad as you might think, it nonetheless looks like it must be addressed.
As for Macs with Apple silicon particularly, can macOS be even quicker than it already is? Large Sur was optimized for Apple’s M1 system on a chip, however there’s all the time extra that could possibly be performed 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 following model of macOS focuses totally on fixes and optimization and nothing else, that’s ok for us. Every little thing else is a bonus.
Time Machine iCloud backups
Our buddies at Macworld U.Ok. have this on their wishlist, and we have now to agree. One of many iPhone’s finest options is iCloud backups, and we’d like to have or not it’s simply as easy on the Mac. Having an offsite backup is sweet observe to organize for the worst, and whereas there are many third-party cloud backup services, nothing beats the benefit of use of Time Machine. Hooking up an exterior drive to your Mac is simple sufficient, however setting it and forgetting at setup it with iCloud can be fantastic.
Carry again the Delete icon in Messages
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 once we wish to delete one thing, we have now to right-click it after which choose “Delete Dialog,” or choose the message after which go to File > Delete Dialog. Or, for those who’re utilizing a trackpad, you need to use two fingers and swipe to the left to see the Trash icon.
All these choices are advantageous. However we miss with the ability to rapidly hover over a dialog and click on the “X” (seen above) to delete it in a snap. (And sure, we all know we are able to 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 suggests those you may deem pointless (Keyboard Brightness, Show Preferences, Music, and so forth.) can’t be eliminated. And there are solely three different non-obligatory modules you’ll be able to add.
Management Heart must be at the least as customizable as it’s on iOS, the place it has extra controls out there, the power to take away any modules, and assist for Dwelling Controls. It could 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 approach to clear issues up. However at the least permitting extra macOS modules is a step in the suitable course.
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 released the Shortcuts automation app over two years in the past for iOS, and it’s change into a truly powerful tool for getting issues performed. However on the Mac it could 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 searching for the type of energy Automator brings. Plus it could carry the Mac and iPhone ever nearer since Shortcuts on the Mac would be capable to run the lots of of Shortcuts already out there on iOS. Which is an effective segué to the following characteristic on this wishlist…
Improved iOS assist
Apple continues to tweak its iPhone and iPad app assist beneath Catalyst with every Large Sur replace, however there’s nonetheless work to be performed. Primarily, the UI nonetheless typically appears like we’re utilizing cell apps on the desktop, notably 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 style, 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 cost. So it took a pandemic to carry me into the twenty first century and to appreciate how cool an app Pockets is.
After I store on-line, I do it on my Mac, and it could be good if there was one central location to arrange cost 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 selecting up my iPhone.
Apple Well being and Health+
Apple’s newest train service is on the market 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 every Apple OS wishlist we write. Apple does make numerous noise about Siri updates each time a brand new model of macOS or iOS is launched, however they by no means look like 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 a giant leap—and it begins with the Mac.
Roman has coated know-how because the early Nineties. His profession began at MacUser, and he is labored for MacAddict, Mac|Life, and TechTV.