One more year, a new macOS update is coming, and we know Apple is already working on the new features and improvements it will bring to the Mac later in 2021.
We’re collecting all currently known news and rumors about the latest iteration of Apple’s desktop operating system.
When will macOS 12 be released?
Apple has a fairly well established model when it comes to its launches of Software. At its annual World Developer Conference (WWDC), which is usually held in June, the company presents the new version of macOS.
Then the public beta versions are released for testing, until the final, completed version – or at least a release date is announced – arrives at the iPhone event in September.
We see no reason for all of that to change in 2021, so keep an eye out for our WWDC coverage this summer to see what Apple is revealing.
If you want to get ahead of the game and use the first version of macOS 12, find out how to join Apple’s beta program and try the new one. Software.
What will macOS be called?
Since the release of macOS 10.9 in 2013, Apple has changed its naming convention from the big cats (Tiger, Lion, Mountain Lion, etc.) to the names of famous places of extraordinary beauty in California. So 10.9 became Mavericks, followed by Yosemite, El Capitan, Sierra, High Sierra, Mojave, Catalina and Big Sur. You can see all of the names above and in our full list of macOS versions.
With all of California to choose from, it’s hard to know where Apple might go next, but some of Team igamesnews’s favorite picks remain Sequoia, Death Valley, Lake Tahoe, and Thousand Oaks.
We’ve also seen Apple registering California place names, such as Mammoth, Monterey, and Skyline, in addition to the already registered Condor, Diablo, Farallon, Grizzly, Miramar, Redtail, Shasta, and Tiburon. So there is a lot of choice.
What features will appear in macOS 12?
Apple hasn’t made any official comment on what we’ll likely see when macOS 12 arrives, but here’s a look at what we suspect the new features might be, as well as a few items on our wishlist.
Solidificando: Apple Silicon
When macOS Big Sur arrived, Apple claimed to have redesigned the operating system to work seamlessly with the new Apple M1 chips that were also released.
While this offered truly impressive performance, it was not without issues and issues. We have seen reports of Mac M1 users stuck due to a screensaver bug, of Mac M1 not connecting to Bluetooth devices, while other users reported issues with external monitors. .
These initial issues are to be expected during such a big change, but with almost a year of data to work with, macOS 12 should benefit from these issues and hopefully deliver a more stable and efficient experience for users.
More control over font size and settings
Big Sur is a very nice version of macOS, but in some cases the choice of the font size can make reading difficult for those not fortunate enough to have 20/20 vision.
Unless you go into accessibility settings, there’s no easy way to scale it up and make things easier to read. Resolving this issue would be welcome in macOS 12.
Control center options
The introduction of the new Control Center to Big Sur was great, but we’d love to see in macOS 12 the ability to remove items that we don’t use. It’s a callback to the Stocks theme in the older version of iOS, but it can be changed with very little effort from Apple.
Bring the shortcuts app on your Mac
While it’s true that you can already create shortcuts and macros in macOS via AppleScript and Automator, the Shortcuts app in iOS makes the whole process much easier for those without technical knowledge.
Rumor has it that the app could have appeared in Big Sur, but it didn’t, so hopefully this will be one of the new features in macOS 12.
The time on a clock
The Clock app on iOS and iPadOS has a ton of features, including multiple alarms, timers, stopwatches, and more. Now that the Mac M1 can run multiple iOS and iPadOS apps through the macOS Catalyst feature, it can be used on a Mac.
But, in macOS 12, we would like to see the Clock app converted to a simplified, system-integrated version. Let us set alarms on our Apple Mac!
The Apple Health app is a great way to monitor your fitness and activity level, and if you have the latest version of Apple Watch, you can benefit from viewing your blood / oxygen saturation levels.
This is important because it can be a useful indicator of your respiratory condition, something that has become more essential in these days of coronavirus.
This is why it is frustrating that Apple keeps the Health app on the iPhone and does not allow data to be viewed or used on Mac. We hope this will pave the way for the app’s transition to macOS.
Time Machine backups in the cloud
What we have wanted for a long time is the ability to create Time Machine backups directly to a cloud storage service.
This would ensure that if your Mac got lost in a home fire or flood, there’s a good chance the Time Machine backup was not destroyed at the same time.
The same can’t necessarily be said of a physical drive, which most of us keep very close to where our Macs live.
If you’re interested in this idea, here’s a selection of the best cloud storage services for Mac.
Unlock Mac with iPhone
You can now use your Apple Watch to automatically unlock your Mac, so why not use your iPhone to do the same? Android phones can unlock Chromebooks, so we think it’s high time Apple introduced this feature, especially since a lot more people have iPhones than Apple Watch.
If you want to use a third-party app to get it, read our guide on how to unlock Mac with iPhone.
Touchscreen controls for Mac
Yes, we realize this is more of a hardware upgrade than a software upgrade, but with M1 Macs now running on the same base platform as iPhones and iPads (or at least highly compatible), we believe in the convergence between applications and services. it’s been talked about for so long that it might be on the verge of becoming reality.
If Apple plans to update its Mac lineup to include touch screens, then macOS will need to have the ability to accept these touch commands with keyboards, mice, and trackpads.
To see what the company has in store with its hardware in the coming year, check out our guide to the new products Apple will announce in 2021.
The original article is published in English on our sister website igamesnews UK.