MacOS Monterey: Everything we know
MacOS Monterey: Everything we know
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MacOS Monterey: Everything we know

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I attended Apple's WWDC conference virtually but there was no new Mac hardware. There was however enough new stuff in Mac OS the latest version is called Monterey that is going to feel like your Mac is getting a pretty big upgrade. This is what I thought was the most important [MUSIC] Mac OS is the operating system that runs your Mac Book, your Mac Mini your iMac or Mac Pro, if you have one of those, the latest version is called Monterey and it adds a lot of new features really more than it Seen in the last couple of iterations. And I think a bunch of them are really gonna change how you use your Mac or how you use your Mac in relation to an iPhone or an iPad. The new Mac OS feature that really stood out to me and when I talked to other people about it, they all focused on the same thing and that's how Safari works, especially with tabs. That may not sound like the most exciting change in the world, but the way that a Mac OS is going to take all your Safari tabs and have them blend into the top bar and change color based on the background color of the website, you're on. We're really make the entire address and Tan Bar kind of blend into the background and give you a much more immersive view. What's happening in your web browser, even more important than that, you can now take tabs and put them into groups. So you open up the Side Bar and you can have a group of tabs for work tasks and you can have a group of tabs for personal tasks or for shopping and switch between them, So adding shortcuts This is something you've been able to do on iOS and iPad iOS for a while. It's basically a macro system for organizing, you know, doing tasks in different apps in a row. Like if you want to take an image and make an animated GIF out of it, or if you want to, you know, open series And then also open your calendar at the same time so you can make your own shortcuts, shortcuts still feels a little in the weeds a little programming is for most people, I'm not sure if casual consumers are ever really going to warm up to that. One big feature that Apple talked about a lot for iOS and iPad iOS and also for Mac OS is quick note and that is a version of notes that has a little high Hotspot in the corner no matter what after, and you can just bring up a note file, and you can take notes on it, you can grab a link from whatever website you're on and throw it in there, makes it very easy to collaborate and share information. And of course, the notes are then tied to that app so you can organize them a lot more easily. Another feature that's maybe a little more emphasized on iPhones and iPads but again also for Macs FaceTime is getting a bunch of upgrades including special audio. So if you have people arranged in your group FaceTime chat and you have the right sort of headset and you will hear The people you've arranged on the left side the people you've arranged their their windows and your FaceTime on the right side. Apple says that's much more immersive. I don't know if I would find it distracting or immersive. I'm gonna have to wait like download the beta and try it myself. Based on my Mac OS is also getting other new FaceTime features including the ability to cut down on background noise, the ability to auto blur your background. Basically, a lot of stuff that people have taken for granted and let's zoom over the past year when everyone's been working from home like this, and I think apple is hoping that FaceTime can become more of a mainstream work from home tool because Zoom, really ate up a lot of that real estate in the past gear you wanna have. One of the things I found the most exciting about Mac OS is universal control. It's almost like they built an old KVM switch into the apple ecosystem. And that means that you can use the touchpad and keyboard from your Mac on your iPad just by taking the iPad putting it next to the Mac. You take the cursor using your touchpad, you just drag it over to the side of the Mac screen and then it'll pop right into it. Your iPad or you can do it from the left side of the screen also, you just put it within roughly Bluetooth range and you make this connection. When you do that. you can also set it up to remember that these two devices should always be joined and there is some amount of kind of drag and drop and sharing that you could do between the devices as well now. Now, as long as your devices your iPad and your Mac, for example are on the same iCloud account, it should work fairly seamlessly. Again, you just have to put the devices physically next to each other. I also like that live text again a feature more promoted on the new iOS is also coming to Mac OS And that means kinda like Google Lens,Apple can read the text or images of texts that are in photos or your pictures on your laptop and that includes screenshots.If you take a screenshot of a website that has a URL or a phone number in it,well then live text can then patch that information that you can cut and paste it ,you can just click on it and dial the phone number from there [MUSIC] I feel like I take screenshots of websites for example all the time, and if I can then access the text in them easily. That seems like a big plus. This is something that I thought max would have had a long time ago but I guess they didn't. You can airplay from your phone to your Mac. So if you're watching a video on your phone or something like that, you can just fling it airplay it right to your Mac as if your Mac was an Apple TV. And finally, one of the little things about the new Mac OS mantra that stood out to me is the fact that it is apparently going to have a low power mode much like when your iPhone is running out of battery, you can put on the low power mode and get a little [MUSIC] The more battery life out of it. So apparently this will clock down the CPU and cap the maximum brightness so that let's say you're on your last whatever 5% 10% of battery life you can make it last just a little bit longer on your MacBook because sometimes you just need an extra 10 minutes just to get something done. Developers should be able to download the beta of Mac OS montery right away. There'll be a public beta later on, and this should get an official release. Probably this fall. There may not be any new Macs right now, but we certainly got a lot of new ones between the first and one max last holiday season. The M1 iMac just a month or two ago and of course we still got about half a year left. So I would definitely expect to see some new Mac hardware to go with this new Mac operating system before the end of 2021.

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