At WWDC 2021, Apple presented updates for all of its operating systems, including, of course, the macOS platform for computers. In my opinion, she received the most beneficial innovations, three main of which are collected in this article. I’m sure many users would love to use them on Windows too.
Native automation – you can get rid of routine tasks
The idea of automation itself is not new; the corresponding utilities have long been available on both mobile and computer platforms. But in macOS Monterey, automation, firstly, became native (the platform is fully optimized for this, and all commands are executed at the system level). Secondly, it is straightforward – with the “Quick commands” migrated from iOS, it is quite easy to figure it out even for a distance from technology to the user.
In short, automation is user-defined commands that the operating system executes in specified cases. For example, a computer can be automated for the fast processing of photos. In human terms, the automation commands to the computer look something like this: “When I add images to the Pictures folder, you have to convert them to JPEG, reduce the vertical size to 1080 pixels, add my watermark to the lower right corner and email them to email@example.com “. These are examples of hundreds of possibilities that automation can do. Since it works at the system level in macOS, everything happens as quickly and “lightly” as possible for the processor.
Focus modes – shouldn’t distract anything
macOS, like iOS with iPadOS, has received the Focus feature. In fact, this option is a customizable Do Not Disturb mode template – the user selects the desired one (for example, “At work,” “Watching a movie,” or “Getting ready to go to bed”), and disturbing notifications are hidden. But Apple has made this simple feature more interesting and functional.
Firstly, macOS allows you to customize focus patterns yourself and analyze user behavior itself to predict which specific applications and notifications he needs at the moment and which ones he doesn’t. Secondly, Focus modes can hide and mute interfering notifications and do the same with applications – for example, when the At Work mode is activated, all applications (and their notifications) are hidden, except for the office programs browser and a calculator. It is believed that this is the right one that will really increase productivity and reduce the temptation to go into Telegram during working hours. There is also integration with the Apple ecosystem: the Focus activated on the computer is synchronized with all other user’s devices.
Quick notes – anytime, anywhere, convenient.
We all regularly have to write down some important information for later, even during working hours. Usually, we either open “Favorites” in a messenger like Telegram or launch standard notes in such cases. Both of these actions have one thing in common – they are relatively long-lasting. But macOS has Quick Note.
Apple has not disclosed how to activate them – apparently with a keyboard shortcut or a button in the status bar. A quick note appears instantly on top of any application. It supports not only writing text but also inserting links and, apparently, the function of dragging and dropping media content via Drag-and-Drop. Quick Note is not the main feature of the update, but one that really brightens up the user experience. I really want to see something like this in Windows, and it is in the form of a native implementation – no matter how light third-party utilities are, it will still work slower than the system function.