13 big changes we want in MacOS 14

13 big changes we want in MacOS 14

With new macOS 14 features likely to be announced at Apple’s WWDC 2023 event, these are the changes we’re most looking forward to seeing.

(Credit: Apple/René Ramos)

Apple will almost certainly announce the next version of macOS at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on June 5, but what new features will the company introduce? The rumor mill is mostly focused on Apple’s upcoming AR/VR (augmented reality/virtual reality) headset and has little to say about macOS 14, but even if we can’t tell you what to expect, we can tell you a few things to want from it. Let’s cross our fingers that at least some of these improvements make it to Apple’s latest desktop operating system.

At WWDC, Apple often announces the upcoming release of macOS, iOS, and iPadOS, and sometimes watchOS and tvOS. Maybe we’ll even see an xrOS, for an extended reality operating system. The company typically releases a public beta of a new version of macOS in July and a release build in September or October. You can expect roughly the same hours this year.

The current version, the one that’s probably on your Mac right now, is macOS 13 Ventura. We don’t know which California place name macOS 14 will get. In recent years, some of Apple’s annual macOS updates have been drastic overhauls that made major interface changes and added a laundry list of new features. In others, new releases have essentially been tweaks that added some new features (like the Ventura scene manager) with no major changes elsewhere. Ventura was mostly a tune-up release, which could mean we’re getting a major overhaul this year.

Here is my wish list of new features. I was careful to prepare my list before looking at wish lists posted on other sites. Some of the more obvious items on my list, like desktop widgets and a dynamic island, are also on other lists I’ve seen subsequently, but I haven’t seen anyone else request most of the items on my list. Here it is:

1. Desktop widgets

Now that you can add widgets to the lock screen and home screen in iOS, you can expect macOS to get a similar feature for the desktop. In Ventura, to see your clock, stocks, weather, or other widgets, you must click or press a key to open Notification Center. You can buy a third-party app called WidgetWall(Opens in a new window) to get widgets on the desktop, but this feature belongs to the operating system and will probably come with macOS 14. While I ask for desktop widgets, I’m also expecting a feature that probably No get, which are timed widgets, so I can set a weather widget to show up only while I’m having breakfast, or a stock widget to show up only during trading hours.

See also  Wix AI Site Builder Creates Complete Websites in Seconds

Widget wall in macOS

(Credit: Amico Apps)

Above is a screenshot of WidgetWall running on Ventura, to give you an idea of ​​what desktop widgets might look like.

2. Dynamic island

dynamic island

(Credit: Apple)

Macs now have a notch at the top of the screen around the camera lens, just like iPhones. Higher-end iPhones bring the notch to life in the form of a dynamic island that expands to display notifications and can be split in two to display multiple notifications at once. Apple is likely to bring this feature to macOS, and I’d be glad to have it.

3. Split Screen Safari

Yes, I know I can put two Safari windows side by side by making my fingers do somersaults across various menus, but I want a toolbar button that splits the Safari window into two panes. This feature is available in Chrome-based browsers, usually through a browser extension or hidden setting. Safari should improve by making this a standard feature.

4. Editable menu items

I use Safari’s bookmarks menu to navigate to my favorite sites and often want to edit a bookmarks menu item to change the URL or change the name of the bookmark. On Windows, I can simply right click on the bookmark to edit it. On the Mac, I have to find the icon that opens the bookmarks panel in Safari, then navigate to the item I want to edit, then Ctrl-click to edit it. Windows has had editable menu items for decades, and there’s no reason macOS shouldn’t.

5. Better menu bar management

Your Mac’s menu bar is one of the most useful features of macOS, but it has one major flaw: it doesn’t let you access menu bar icons that are hidden by the current app’s menu items. The only way to get to menu bar icons that are hidden by other menus is to remove one or more of the visible icons until the hidden ones appear. This seems like a huge design flaw. I’m happy to pay $16 for the excellent Bartender 4 utility that creates a submenu with otherwise hidden icons and other nifty menu bar control features, but the operating system should do this job itself. The following screenshot shows the second Bartender 4 menu bar, which is hidden until you open it with a hotkey or user-customizable mouse movements.

Second menu bar of Bartender 4

(Credit: Bartender 4)

6. Time Machine Backups to iCloud

Maybe Apple’s server farms aren’t big enough to handle this, but anyone using a Mac laptop needs cloud-based system backups. Time Machine was designed to work with external drives. It’s time for Time Machine to send your backups to the cloud. I won’t complain if Apple charges money for this feature. It is worth having.

See also  Pizza Hut Will Help You Break-up On Your Behalf With A 'Goodbye Pie'

7. Multiple Clipboard Items

On Windows, I can hit Win-V and select from a list of items I’ve saved to the clipboard, so I can paste something I copied to the clipboard earlier in the session. Third-party utilities perform the same function on macOS, and there are dozens of them on the App Store. (I use the free version of FIPLAB’s CopyClip(Opens in a new window).) There’s no reason this feature shouldn’t be built into the operating system.

8. Stage manager improvements

Apple introduced Stage Manager in macOS Ventura as an easy way to focus on a single application without being distracted by other windows or desktop items. It’s a great idea that could be even better. The existing version allows you to hide all items on your desktop when you start Stage Manager. I want an option to change the desktop background to a dark color.

Stage Manager on macOS

(Credit: Apple)

The current version shows inactive windows in a distracting perspective, so it looks like they’ve been turned to the side. Apple tends to think that anything that’s technically possible and looks flashy is also desirable (note the unfortunate Touch Bar that used to be on high-end MacBooks), but a simple thumbnail window would be less distracting than the fancy perspective view.

9. Darker Desktop Folder Icons

If you put folders on your desktop, they’re a blindingly bright blue, even in macOS dark mode. Apple has toned down the brightness in recent versions, but I want an option to choose a darker color by default. This is a small question, but it will improve almost every interaction you have with Apple’s operating system.

10. Better mail indexing

Apple claimed to have improved its Mail index in macOS Ventura, but my Mail searches still can’t find many messages, even though I’ve rebuilt the index more than once. I keep a copy of the Thunderbird mail client on my Mac just for searching, because Thunderbird finds everything. It’s time for macOS Mail to do the same.

11. Fixes an annoying AppleScript error

A few months ago, a macOS Ventura update introduced a bug that affects a minority of users, but for them it’s a huge nuisance. Like many long-time Mac users, I’ve created miniature apps using the unique macOS AppleScript scripting language. Apple has tried to replace AppleScript with other automation techniques like shortcuts, but nothing matches the power and flexibility of AppleScript. An AppleScript application allows you to place a file in the application for AppleScript to do things with it, but a bug in Ventura prevents the AppleScript application from doing anything with a file that is placed in it. The weird thing is that you can drag the AppleScript app to the Dock and everything works fine when you drop a file on the app’s Dock icon. But there is no reason why you should do this.

See also  This Man Reading About J. Robert Oppenheimer During The Movie Interval Makes Twitter Laugh

12. Windows-style accelerator keys

One of the reasons I use my Windows machine when I need to work is that Windows makes it easy to use the keyboard for almost everything, instead of wasting time and risking carpal tunnel syndrome maneuvering the mouse. On Windows, I can access a menu item by pressing an Alt-letter key to open a main menu and then a letter to open a menu item. On macOS, I have to type Ctrl-F2 to go to the menu bar and then the first letter of a first line menu item. It’s about time macOS let me skip the Ctrl-F2 step and let me go directly to a main menu with a single keypress.

13. The return of the useful features of the past

Finally, every longtime Mac user has a list of features they used to use but were removed by Apple. I want an easy way to add Internet radio broadcasts to playlists in the Music app. In recent versions of the app, for every radio broadcast I wanted to listen to, I had to create a text file in the standard playlist format (.PLS) and import that text file into the Music app. Even then, the playlist doesn’t show up on my other devices. There has to be a better way.

Another missing feature is the Preview app’s ability to convert a PostScript file to PDF. You can still use a terminal command to do this, but it shouldn’t be necessary. It’s a specialist level feature, but many specialists use a Mac.

There is no shortage of wishes for WWDC 2023

On wish lists on other sites, a standard request is better coordination between macOS apps and iOS apps—for example, the ability to create an alarm on your iPhone that will also run on your Mac. Now you can sync Safari bookmarks and much more between iOS and macOS, and this kind of coordination pays off. I’ve also seen the desire for a Wallet app on the Mac, but I doubt I’d hold my MacBook up to the scanner at the airport gate, so I’m not sure why a macOS wallet app would be worth it. Maybe Apple will find a way to make it useful.

I don’t expect Apple to fix all (or even any) of my wishes, but that won’t stop me from asking again next year. Let us know in the comments what you want from macOS 14, and maybe Apple will grant your wishes, even if it doesn’t grant mine.

Finally, check out everything else we hope to see at WWDC 2023, and be sure to tune in to PCMag for firsthand coverage of the event.

table of Contents

Categories: Trending
Source: englishtalent.edu.vn

Leave a Comment