As always, the new software we see on Monday will not roll out to the general public until later this year, although software developers and avid beta testers can expect to access it earlier.
The latest version of macOS will be number 12. The name is still a mystery, although Apple is likely to stay in line with the current naming convention, which means it will be named after some amazing California venues. In any case, this year will be a “sophistication” year for macOS, not a major overhaul of the desktop operating system.
Still, there are two key elements in any modern macOS update to keep an eye on. The first is any kind of merging or activating compatibility between iPadOS and macOS. In macOS Catalina, Apple rolled out Mac Catalyst, which was a way for app makers to port their mobile apps more easily to the Mac desktop. In recent years, Apple has also made some of its mobile apps Mac-compatible ̵
And then there’s M1 – that’s the second keyword or phrase to listen to. This year’s macOS update may not be a massive update, but you can bet Apple will show how app makers can continue to optimize their apps for this custom silicon, especially since some apps still require an emulator to run properly on an M1 Mac. .
There have also been persistent rumors that new Mac laptops could be announced at WWDC next week, which would be a real twist on such a software-focused event. If these were announced, these would probably be enhanced MacBook Pro models – computers that appease the serious multimedia professionals who want even more power.
“I think Apple really needs to get back to its roots with the MacBook Pros,” said Anshel Sag, senior analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy. “There are rumors that the Touch Bar will disappear, and there is still the opportunity to improve security on the MacBook. But I think they could go the iPad route and build an ‘X’ version of the M1 chip, or an M2 chip, into the MacBook Pro and make it a more powerful model. “
Personally, I would be surprised if Apple announces new computers as soon as they release their initial M1 MacBook laptops, which came out in November 2020. But if the rumors turn out to be correct, it just shows how serious Apple is with its custom silicon – and how quickly it develops these new chips in parallel with current versions.
Here’s the first remarkable thing about Apple’s PDAs: Of some accounts, the Apple Watch is the best-selling watch in the world. Not only among smartwatches, but it is also true, but everyone watches. Here’s the other remarkable thing, which is not necessarily a good thing: There’s not much smartwatch competition out there. Huawei is Apple’s closest competitor in the smartwatch market, but the Chinese device maker has been hampered by US software sanctions. Samsung’s share of the market has shrunk somewhat over the past year. Google is expected to launch a Pixel watch sometime this year, and the acquisition of Fitbit may help increase Google’s portable offerings, but we’re still waiting to see both of these possibilities come true.
So, like many of these software updates, a minor tweak, revocation, or beta release of a health app is revealed, and you think –Pffft, big deal! Except when you initially own millions of wrists, even small software updates can have a big impact.