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 properly determine that the subsequent model (more than likely named macOS 12) will principally deal with fixes and minor function updates—not not like 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 below are just a few options we hope make the listing.
Interface and useability
Fixes and optimizations
Apple doesn’t wait till a significant replace like this one to launch fixes; they normally tackle them in point-release updates. However there at all times appear to be points that linger. For instance, there’s the SSD extreme exercise state of affairs that was found in February. Although it will not be as dangerous as you may assume, 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 at all times extra that may very well 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 tug, 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 adequate for us. Every part 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 finest options is iCloud backups, and we’d like to have it’s simply as easy on the Mac. Having an offsite backup is sweet follow to organize for the worst, and whereas there are many third-party cloud backup companies, nothing beats the benefit 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.
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, however it shouldn’t be forgotten that macOS UX and iOS UX don’t at all times 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, in case 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 high-quality. 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 deliver it again, please.
Large Sur’s Management Middle—which mirrors the identical options in iOS/iPadOS—helps clear up the cluttered menu bar in an intuitive method, however 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 many others.) can’t be eliminated. And there are solely three different elective modules you may add.
Management Middle must be a minimum of 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 perhaps an excessive amount of to ask at this level to permit third-party apps in Management Middle, however most of our menu bar icons are for third-party apps, and the choice to place them in Management Middle can be a pleasant option to clear issues up. However a minimum of permitting extra macOS modules is a step in the proper 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 Middle. We’d like it if Apple would transfer them out because it did with the Dashboard widgets of outdated.
Apple launched the Shortcuts automation app over two years in the past for iOS, and it’s turn out to be a very highly effective device for getting issues performed. 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), however it’s outdated and never as user-friendly as Shortcuts. Shortcuts can be a improbable companion app to Automator, opening up the world of automation to much more customers that aren’t on the lookout for the form of energy Automator brings. Plus it will deliver 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 efficient 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 performed. Primarily, the UI nonetheless typically appears like we’re utilizing cellular 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 prefer 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 almost as helpful.
I was an old style, pay-with-cash form of man, so I didn’t use the iPhone Pockets app very a lot. Then Covid hit and lots of shops stopped accepting money and moved to touchless fee. So it took a pandemic to deliver me into the 21st 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 selecting up my iPhone.
Apple Well being and Health+
Apple’s newest train service is accessible 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 prefer 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 alternative on each Apple OS wishlist we write. Apple does make a number of noise about Siri updates each time a brand new model of macOS or iOS is launched, however they by no means seem to be sufficient. To compete Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa takes fixed consideration and updates, and we haven’t gotten it but. We are able to’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 lined expertise for the reason that early 1990s. His profession began at MacUser, and he is labored for MacAddict, Mac|Life, and TechTV.