According to people familiar with the development of macOS 10.15 – which has been in the works for at least two years – the new version will include support for Siri Shortcuts (...)
It’s also likely that the Shortcuts app (...) will be available on macOS, the inclusion of system-wide support for Siri Shortcuts on macOS 10.15 strongly suggests it.
Supporting the feature on macOS is important so developers of iPad apps can more easily port their Shortcuts-enabled apps to the Mac, with the new SDK becoming available at WWDC. According to sources, only Marzipan apps will be able to take advantage of the Shortcuts support on macOS. Engineers are also working on bringing the assistant on macOS closer to its iOS counterpart by porting over features such as the ability to set timers and alarms and ask about air quality, currently unavailable on the Mac.
Apart from Siri improvements for Mac, we may see Screen Time, improved Apple ID management and iMessages effects implemented with the release of macOS 10.15.
The other story is Sidecar: an enhanced windows management system with the ability to send macOS windows to an iPad.
(…) the new system will have a feature that allows users to send any window of any app to an external display. The external display can be an actual external display connected to the Mac or even an iPad.
The new feature – called “Sidecar” internally – can be accessed via a simple menu. This new menu will be opened by hovering over the green “maximize” button in a Mac app window for a split second. The menu will have options for making the window fullscreen, tiling and moving to external displays, including the user’s iPads and external displays connected to the Mac. Selecting one of the display options moves the current window to the selected external display or iPad, in fullscreen.
Now, here’s an interesting part for Pencil owners:
Users with an iPad that supports Apple Pencil will also be able to draw with the Pencil on iPad when it’s being used as an external display for the Mac, effectively turning the iPad into a Wacom-like tablet.
And it seems that Apple Sherlocked yet another well-made app: Magnet.
Engineers are also working on options that will allow windows to be easily snapped to one side of the screen, similar to a feature that already exists on Windows.
I don’t even want to think how much worse my everyday workflow would be without Magnet – the utility is really that good! And it costs only $0.99.
Casey Johnston and her story of failing keyboards on both the 2017 MacBook Pro and the 2018 MacBook Air.
Does Apple sell canned air? No, she said; she recommended Best Buy or Staples. She told me not to eat over the computer, watching me for a reaction to this somehow insanely unrealistic yet also eminently reasonable prospect. No one aims to take meals over their computer; I’d go as far to say no one ever does it except out of necessity. And when that necessity arises, it doesn’t seem like an unreasonable ask that the computer would be able to tolerate a few crumbs being scattered on it. But I suppose I am in the wrong for expecting my $1,600 computer to be able to cope.
I realize it may be boring to see yet another article about a failing MacBook keyboard, but on the other hand, buying such an expensive device and having problems with its essential part is simply unacceptable. It has been four years since it all started. It’s time to fix this mess, Apple.
That part about eating in front of the computer reminds me of mukbang.