Coming soon to Mac: Siri Shortcuts and other great iOS features


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Some of the best new iOS 12 features should come to the Mac later this year.

Apple reportedly plans to make iOS and macOS much more alike, and macOS 10.15 supposedly will add Siri Shortcuts, Screen Time and more to the Mac.

Apple undoubtedly will unveil macOS 10.15 at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference in June. People familiar with the software’s development revealed to 9to5Mac that the update has been in the works for two years. It is aimed at allowing iOS apps to run on Mac as part of Project Marzipan.

Making macOS more like iOS

The report claims that the Marzipan version of Siri Shortcuts on macOS 10.15 will bring system-wide support. Like the iOS version, Mac users might need to download the Siri Shortcuts app from the App Store instead of it coming bundled in the update.

Screen Time on Mac reportedly will work the same way it does on iOS. Mac users will configure settings from a new panel in the System Preferences area. When you reach your time limit for a certain app, a pop-up will alert you about hitting the threshold. From there, you could close the app or unlock it with a passcode.

macOS 10.15 allegedly will add a new Apple ID management panel in System Preferences, too, similar to what is currently available on iOS in the Settings app. Other new features supposedly coming in macOS 10.15 include more Apple Watch authentication operations and the ability to use an iPad as a second monitor for your Mac.

We should get full details on macOS 10.15 and iOS 13 at WWDC 2019 during Apple’s June 3 keynote. The public launches should follow in the fall.


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