Once I’ve finished polishing a YouTube video, I have one last watch to ensure everything is in place and ready to go.
When I went through that process for tomorrow’s video (which is a rundown of my WWDC 2022 predictions) I made a startling discovery; I’d forgotten to lend my thoughts on one particular Apple operating system.
Now, at this juncture, you might be thinking, “oh, I bet it was tvOS”. But no, that was present and correct. And before you put your hand up at the back, no, I somehow managed to include watchOS, too.
The operating system I completely ignored was, in fact, macOS.
Awks, as the youth of today say.
However, I think I’ve worked out the reasoning behind this embarrassing oversight.
It’s a bit like iOS
I can’t think of anything major I’d like to see changed in iOS. Nor can I think of any missing features that force me to pick up my Android phone. It’s why I’m not really fussed if it doesn’t get that much meaningful stage time next week.
It’s the same deal with macOS. I think one of the key reasons I completely forgot to mention it in my WWDC 2022 preview is because I spend precisely zero time each day cursing its inability to do <insert missing feature here>.
Similarly – and thanks largely to the introduction of the M1 chip – crashes in macOS are so infrequent that its stability is never brought into question.
This brings me to my next point.
Hitting the brake pedal isn’t a bad thing
Constant improvement and iteration are vitally important – particularly in the tech sector. But, sometimes, it’s just as important to apply the brake pedal.
If everything is ok, and users are still catching up with the last round of updates, then let the platform breathe a little. If nothing else, it means features like Universal Control (which was also severely delayed) can be discovered by as many users as possible before the next headline-grabbing feature arrives.
Apple is actually pretty good at this. They do it with iOS occasionally, and the likes of tvOS and, to a degree, watchOS, rarely see significant updates.
Rather than ploughing too many development resources into macOS at this moment in time, I’d much rather they stepped on the gas for one particular touch-based operating system.
I want them to focus on iPadOS
I’ve made my thoughts clear about iPadsOS on multiple occasions, so I’ll spare you the incessant whinging today.
Suffice to say, it needs to be focused on, big time, at WWDC next week.
From what we hear, for all of Apple’s might, it still maintains relatively small core teams for each product and OS. If that means they need to shove a bunch of macOS folk onto iPadOS for a year, that would be no bad thing. In fact, it’s probably just what iPadOS needs.
I literally just forgot
As much as I mean everything I’ve written above, there’s no escaping the fact that I simply forgot to include macOS in my prediction video (and, yes, the corresponding blog post). I may as well stop trying to sugarcoat it, to be honest – it was nothing more than a naughty error.
I could blame the fact that the piece was written when I was a dad-to-be (I’m now an official dad – yay!) and therefore found myself producing content while being caught up in the whirlwind of knowing that my life would soon change forever.
But that’s a bit of a crap excuse, too.
Sorry, macOS – I just completely forgot you existed for a brief moment in time. This is ironic, when I used you to create all of that WWDC preview content.
If you want to see me act as though macOS doesn’t exist while hearing my predictions for the others the video will hit the channel tomorrow. You can subscribe here.