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MacOS 10.15 To Bring iOS Features to Mac, Siri Shortcuts, Screen Time & More!

MacOS 10.15 has been due for quite some time now. We saw a number of feature leaks and rumors about 10.15 in the past few months. From standalone music and podcasts apps to Luna Display-like Desktop extensions, there’s surely a lot to expect from 10.15. Today, some more details about the upcoming major software update from Apple.

As 9to5mac reports, “Apple is working on bringing the Mac and iOS closer together with the introduction of macOS 10.15 and iOS 13.” What that means, is Apple is trying to integrate the features of one ecosystem into the other, to improve their complementation. The first feature which is likely set to make its way to macOS is Siri Shortcuts. Siri Shortcuts was first introduced in iOS 12 and it allowed users to create custom voice shortcuts for actions that can be done in apps. Like its iOS version, the macOS version will also be likely to have downloaded from the App Store. The Shortcuts app will also allow users to create custom routines and automate a variety of tasks.

Secondly, we have the Screen Time functionality making its way to macOS. Like the iOS version, it’ll show the amount of time the users spend on productivity, entertainment, etc. This feature can also be used by parents to limit the screen time for their children. This feature can be configured from the new panel in the System Preferences feature. Exceeding the time limit for an app will notify the user asking them to either close the app or enter the passcode to unlock it. Finally, Apple ID management panel is coming to macOS as well. This will allow users to control their Apple ID preferences, and better configure family sharing settings. Lastly, we have the iMessage coming to macOS, which will allow users to send confetti, lasers, and fireworks, to name a few.

MacOS 10.15 will likely be announced in WWDC which is all set to commence from the 3rd of June 2019. Usually, it’s available as beta release for developers on the same day itself. The final release for consumers is speculated to be in Fall 2019, ie, Late September or October. MacOS 10.15 does look promising. These are one of the few features the update is set to bring. Whether it actually delivers at launch remains to be seen.


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