In addition to making changes to its major mobile operating systems, Apple is also making annual changes to its core Mac software, which this year will go under the codename Monterey, in keeping with the California location-based theme it has had since 2013, instead of the numbering approach it does with its other operating systems.
However, the company understands that its Macs and Macbooks are often at the heart of one’s interoperability experience in how they work in the Apple ecosystem and as such, interoperability is the name of the game for the new update, which includes the ability to use a keyboard. share and mouse between a Mac and an iPad, making dragging and dropping between two devices much more seamless than ever before, as seen in this short video:
Macs will also gain the ability to act as an Airplay target, allowing users to use their Mac’s screen and speakers to play content from your iPhone and iPad, or even another Mac. And with Apple announcing Siri is coming to more 3rdparty products, having a central point of interaction between your many connected devices is becoming increasingly important.
Apple has also announced a new shortcut automation application that will allow people to create their own shortcuts for common tasks that can then be triggered by a shortcut, the menu bar, or even Siri. Just a shame Apple hasn’t made a coffee maker yet, otherwise it would be nice to wake up and ask Siri to make my coffee and have it ready by the time I get to the kitchen. Yes, we are definitely getting lazy as a species.
Safari is also getting a minor redesign, with the tabs and address bar all moving into the same space and the tabs getting a new, floating look similar to Firefox. Apple has also introduced tab groups in the browser, which can be shared with other devices and provide a more seamless browsing experience across all your devices.
It may all seem like minor UI-level improvements, but more importantly, this is the first new MacOS since Apple announced its new M1-powered devices, and so we can expect an incredible amount of optimizations as they tweak the software to work more closely. along with the new processors and achieving a higher level of efficiency than other companies are likely to get out of their hardware, which should easily make this the fastest operating system on the market when it all comes together.
Last updated: June 9, 2021