I think this makes the most amount of sense.Not merging, but making them more similar where it makes sense, to let familiarity with one transfer more to the other, both for users and developers.
A desktop or laptop cannot reasonably be as locked down as a phone or tablet; one needs to be able to do development on it, or whatever else that (as an owner or privileged user) one wishes to. Granted I'm not the usual clientele, but the ecosystem needs some people that want to get down to the command line and heaven forbid, even internals, whether to program, or troubleshoot, or whatever.
I think this makes the most amount of sense.
Another thing worth considering, I think the new macOS interface is a lot more "touch" friendly. Lots of spacing, larger controls - Apple could be bringing something to the Mac that we've been wanting for a long time: touch screens.
Who knows... maybe I'm just being way too optimistic.
...and menu icons are more suited to smaller touch screens. This is a small example of why it concerns me. Desktops/laptops 1. Have a place, and 2. Are different. I have no doubt that there’s a unified OS in our future, in spite of Apple’s protestations. The company doth protest too much, methinks.I think Apple is working towards merging MacOS and iOS (iPadOS) even if they deny it.
I agree. And this may be something we will eventually benefit from. But this should not keep Apple from creating an OS that feels good on a desktop and does not overcomplicate things by sabotaging well-established workflows that people have got used to and love.I have no doubt that there’s a unified OS in our future, in spite of Apple’s protestations.
Edit: I think Apple is working towards merging MacOS and iOS (iPadOS) even if they deny it.
If only they’d kept the messages icon blue... and made it blue on iPhone.
But they just changed the icons for fugly ones, made everything rounded and hard to read, and improved maps, yes maps on a laptop aren’t as functional than on a phone when you are travelling even though some people claim they plan like pirates and corsairs their routes memorising everything.
There’s no real features, it’s just a new lame design.
Of course they are, they are using the same processors, same OS X base, and now merging apps on the 2 platforms. Why keep developing 2 different platforms? They are just using the reality distortion field, the Mac will have the traditional "mouse" GUI and the iOS will have the "touch" GUI...kind of like desktop environments on Linux.
As far as I am concerned, we are already there.
I just don't get how all the new and shiny stuff warrants the importance associated with renumbering the OS from 10.x to 11. There have been other way, way more drastic changes to OS X that would have warranted that, but what I see in Big Sur is mostly just a little more polish on what's already there.
Anyone who doesn't wait until the *last* point release of anything Apple puts out these days is kidding themselves. I'm just now trying to decide if Catalina is worth bothering with on my primary machine now that the .6 is out. It's not like there's anything it brings that's worth bothering with, and Mojave will have security patching for another year.I skipped Catalina for so many reasons but I am genuinely excited about Big Sur. I don’t think I’ll do a day one update, but will begin making preparations so I can transition by the end of the year (likely whenever they have the first major point release out).
So wait. The world won't end if your parents aren't using Big Sur on day one. Or on day 364.Having to tell my parents that what they've just learned is now obsolete and they need to start again (while what they will find won't be consistent, because at least at the start only the Apple software will implement the new UI standards) will be a nightmare.
Also: what's the point in eliminating title bars?
There’s more to that. That window title in the toolbar can’t be hidden, resized or even moved to another place. If the title is short it still eats all of the default space. That’s why Finder’s windows are much wider now by default and the search bar had to be hidden into an icon, because other way nothing would fit in the toolbar.Having to tell my parents that what they've just learned is now obsolete and they need to start again (while what they will find won't be consistent, because at least at the start only the Apple software will implement the new UI standards) will be a nightmare.
Yes. That’s the new trend. Average IQ scores which were constantly rising during the 20th century in developed countries, in the 21st century started to fall. And Tim isn’t a genius visionary either, he’s a seller. In the absence of cool products or features he tries to up-sell some emojis and icons. Emotions are the driving force in consumerist society and he’s appealing to emotions. “Hey, look how at these GORGEOUS icons, look at this AMAZING new wallpaper”.Instead we have Timmy up there taking up valuable time seriously discussing icons and emojis during a presentation, like we’re all five year olds at a kindergarten. Unbelievable.
Have we all been so infantilized and our standards have sunk so low that this passes for a major OS release?
Ah, that makes a lot more sense now. Thanks for the clarification. Sorry about your troubles with iCloud Music Library (mine were with iCloud Photo Library). Hope you can get that sorted soon! Also, your advice about backups is sound. My music library is backed up with Carbon Copy Cloner to something like three different hard drives!