macOS 11 Big Sur brought us all a lot of news, both in terms of the user interface and the technology behind it. Of course, he also became a symbol of a new era in the Cupertino concern, the Apple Silicon era. Naturally, we expected that the next version would not bring a revolution, but rather polish the places that turned out to be underdeveloped or missed within a year of using Big Sur. Nevertheless, its presentation, moved almost to the end of the “system” part, was surprisingly, especially for the length of the entire keynote, short.
Evolution of the ecosystem
Overall, it can be seen that macOS is now more strongly integrated than before with devices equipped with iPadOS and iOS. Macs can probably benefit a lot from this integration, being the devices whose functionality can be extended with, for example, iPads.
Thanks to the Universal Control technology, we can seamlessly switch to other Apple devices using the keyboard, mouse or trackpad from our Mac. For example, while sitting at the MacBook Pro, we will be able to tinker something on the iPad standing a bit further, and then jump to the screen of the iMac standing in the corner of the room without taking our hands off. Whether it will be effective or just effective, time and practice will show. Similarly, deep integration is to apply to AirPlay.
An important change for some users may be the introduction of shortcuts to macOS known from iPadOS and iOS. Easy automation is something many people have been waiting for, and it can certainly be easier for a large group of users to use macOS more efficiently. What is important for the so-called Power Users, this does not mean killing Automator at the same time, this powerful tool is to be developed in parallel.
The Safari browser, which will receive a completely new design, is waiting for big changes. This is especially visible in the tabs section, which will also be able to group them. From what could be seen in the short presentation, the browser interface is much more “alive”, the elements adapt to the actions performed by the user.
Again, the question remains whether it will only be effective or also effective. I have some concerns about this that it may be a Touch Bar-like experience, ultimately increasing the number of clicks required to achieve the desired effect.
macOS Z iOS / iPadOS
Of course, the current system also receives access to technologies designed primarily for iOS. An example is Live Text, a technology that allows us to copy texts that appear in our photos. The Focus option also has its icon and menu on the top bar.
Quick Note looks like a very useful tool, giving us access to quick notes from the system level. They may not look as effective as on the iPad, but its usability should be similar and the new solution should be more productive than its not-so-good predecessor.
As in the case of Apple’s mobile systems, Maps have changed significantly. Of course, so far, US users will benefit most. However, the visibility of Apple cars on Polish roads gives hope that we will also be able to enjoy them in some time.
What am I missing?
A modern and conveniently managed password manager, which is not today’s Keychain Access, is something that has been waiting for years. The lack of a decent, built-in tool of this type is something incomprehensible with Apple’s strong emphasis on privacy.
I am a satisfied user of 1Password, the subscription for their services is not annoying, but let’s agree, this type of tool should be part of macOS (as well as other Apple systems) for several years.
This is not stated in the macOS section, but you can expect that all the security changes described for iOS will also go to the Apple computer system. The next layers of the system, or rather the Apple ecosystem, that care about our privacy, look like serious tools that will again make all those companies that live off our data a headache.
We do not know exactly what it will look like in practice, but from what has been shown, there is a really large number of analytical tools built into it, operating on every layer of the system, even in third-party applications. I just don’t know if the makers of tools like Little Snitch need to start worrying about their businesses.
How to evaluate these changes? Well, you can’t make a revolution and make only the right decisions. We got more or less what you’d expect from a year of dealing with Big Sur, a kind of big Service Pack fixing bugs and improving the differently rated user interface. Whether for the better, time will tell, keynote will take everything.
List of computers that will receive the update:
- Mac mini – Late 2014 and later
- IMac – Late 2015 and later
- iMac Pro
- MacBook Air – Early 2015 and later
- MacBook Pro – Early 2015 and later
- MacBook – Early 2016 and later
- Mac Pro – Late 2013 and later
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