As usual, the new software we found on Monday won’t work with much of the public until later this year, though software makers and excited beta testers can expect to get to it right away.
The latest version of macOS is number 12. Its name is still a mystery, though Apple is likely to continue to be in line with the current naming convention, which means it will be named next in some shocking places in California. By all accounts, this year will be a “refinement” year for macOS, not a major fix for the desktop operating system.
However, there are two key elements to any modern macOS update to keep an eye on. The first is any kind of integration or compatibility between iPadOS and macOS. On macOS Catalina, Apple launched Mac Catalyst, which is a way for app makers to easily bring their mobile apps to the Mac desktop. In recent years Apple has also made some of the mobile apps Mac-compatible-think Podcasts, News, Stocks. Of course, the iPad and Mac are still very different physical devices because of the touchscreen (or lack thereof on Macs). But now, with Apple’s M1 chip running both the new Mac and new iPad, the hardware gap between the two is closing.
And, there’s M1 – that’s the other keyword or phrase to listen to. This year’s macOS update may not be a big change, but you can bet Apple wants to show how app makers will continue to optimize their apps for this. custom silicon, especially some apps even require an emulator to run well on an M1 Mac.
There are also ongoing rumors that the new Mac laptop could be announced at WWDC next week, which could be a real turnaround in such a software -focused event. If it is announced, it will probably be the upgraded MacBook Pro models — the machines that delight serious multimedia professionals looking for even more energy.
“I think Apple really needs to go back to their origins with the MacBook Pros,” said Anshel Sag, a senior analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy. “There are rumors about the Touch Bar disappearing, and there’s still time to improve security on the MacBook. But I think they could go the iPad route and make an ‘X’ version of the M1 chip, or a M2 chip, on the MacBook Pro and make it a much better model. ”
Personally, I would be surprised if Apple announced the new machines as soon as possible after its inauguration. M1 MacBook laptops, which arrived in November 2020. But if the rumors are proven correct, it only shows how serious Apple is about conventional silicon — and how fast it is making these new chips in line with today. versions.
Here’s the first weird thing about Apple’s wristwatch computers: By some accounts, the Apple Watch is the best-selling watch in the world. Not only among smartwatches, although that is also true, but all watches. Here’s the second weird thing, which doesn’t have to be a good thing: There’s not a lot of full-fledged smartwatch competition out there. Huawei is Apple’s closest competitor in the smartwatch market, but the Chinese device maker is blocked by US software penalties. Samsung’s market share has declined slightly in the past year. Google is expected to launch a Pixel watch sometime this year, and it might help to get me to Fitbit increasing Google’s wearable offerings, but we are still waiting to see both of the possibilities bear fruit.
So, like most software updates, a little tweak is revealed, a new install a complication or some beta version of a health app, and in your mind –Pffft, big deal! Unless you own the owner of millions of wristbands, even small software updates can have a big impact.