Apple today released the stable version of its new Mac operating system, macOS 12 Monterey, which has been tested since the summer following the announcement in June at WWDC 2021.
MacOS 12 Monterey has a lot of innovations in its arsenal. FaceTime has support for spatial audio, the SharePlay function for sharing video and listening to music, two new microphone modes – in the “Voice isolation” mode, background noise is muffled and the voice sounds clearer, and in the “Wide spectrum” mode, the interlocutors can hear everything that Goes Around, Portrait mode, which makes the user stand out and blurs the background, and Grid mode, where call participants are displayed in cells of the same size.
The functions “Online Text” and “Visual Search” use the new capabilities of artificial intelligence to find information.
The Safari browser now has the ability to combine tabs into groups. Tab groups sync between Mac, iPhone and iPad. And on the Mac, Siri Shortcuts have become available to automate various actions, just like in iOS.
Also noteworthy is the Universal Control function. It allows you to easily switch between Mac and iPad using the same mouse and keyboard, without any additional setup. You can enter text using the keyboard on any device, drag and drop content between devices, draw on iPad with Apple Pencil, and then add artwork directly to apps on Mac, and more.
AirPlay broadcasts allow you to play, show or send content from iPhone or iPad to Mac – broadcast movies, games, photos and presentations, music.
The Focus feature lets you filter notifications from apps and people based on what the user is currently doing. Focus settings set on a Mac are automatically applied to all of the user’s devices in the Apple ecosystem. In Focus mode, Messages and other supported applications such as Slack automatically display the corresponding status. And that’s not all of the innovations in macOS 12 Monterey.
MacOS 12 Monterey is available as a free software update on Apple-based Macs and Intel-based Macs:
- iMac – Late 2015 and newer
- Mac Pro – Late 2013 and newer
- iMac Pro – 2017 and newer
- Mac mini – Late 2014 and newer
- MacBook Air – Early 2015 and newer
- MacBook – Early 2016 and newer
- MacBook Pro – Early 2015 and newer.
Note that SharePlay and Universal Control are not available at the time of release, to activate them Apple will release a separate macOS 12 Monterey update before the end of the fall.
Computer in “credit card” format. Qualcomm develops Qompute Card concept despite Intel’s failure
Qualcomm is reportedly developing a concept called the Qompute Card.
It involves placing all the basic elements of a PC on one small board. This will allow you to easily and quickly update the configuration of such a PC or use such cards by one user in different places on different PCs. Also, a similar solution can find application in household appliances.
The concept is not new at all. Back in 2017, a similar idea for the Intel Compute Card was presented, but the company abandoned it two years later, since it did not receive any distribution in the market.
Qualcomm as a whole makes a very similar decision, except that the heart of such cards will be SoCs based on the Arm architecture. The Qompute Card will also contain the motherboard, RAM and flash memory. That is, all the main elements of the finished device. At the same time, Qualcomm cards may well be significantly smaller than Intel Compute Card, if only because of the different power consumption of SoC Snapdragon and conventional Intel CPUs.
Qompute Card are aimed specifically at computers and laptops. At least the SoC Snapdragon 7c + Gen 3 presented the other day will also be offered as part of the cards. The source adds that Qualcomm is testing configurations for both Windows Arm and Chrome OS. How successful this version will turn out to be, time will tell. So far, all such modularity initiatives have not met with success.
Nvidia, HP and Zotac Ask US Administration to Remove Duties on Computer Components to Make Graphics Cards and Motherboards More Affordable to Consumers
The industry of components for PCs, laptops, household appliances, cars has been living in a deficit for more than a year, and, naturally, this negatively affects the price: everything has risen in price, especially video cards. At Nvidia, one of the ways to reduce the cost of 3D cards, at least in the United States, sees the abolition of duties on computer components manufactured in China. In this, Nvidia was supported by Zotac and HP. The companies have made a joint inquiry to the office of the US Trade Representative (USTR), which is deciding whether it is possible to exclude a particular product made in China from the Trump Tariff List.
In its statement, Nvidia focuses on the fact that video cards are mostly made only in China. “Products are not manufactured in the USA and in limited quantities in Taiwan“- said Nvidia. “Attempts to create new facilities in countries that do not currently manufacture such products (such as the United States and Vietnam) have failed and have been severely thwarted by the effects of COVID-19.“.
The Trump Tariff List, which took effect in January this year, includes a variety of Chinese-made computer components, including video cards and motherboards. And all of them in the United States are subject to a duty of 25%. As a result, many manufacturers, including Asus, EVGA, and Zotac, have yet another reason to increase the price of their products – in addition to the general scarcity of components in the industry.
App Store Awards 2021 – Best iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV Apps and Games Named
Apple has announced the winners of the annual App Store Awards, which have identified the best apps for iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. As usual, the App of the Year and Best Game categories are categorized by device. Apple has added a new Trends of the Year category this year.
The App of the Year for the iPhone is Toca Life World, a colorful game for kids by Toca Boca. LumaFusion video editing app was voted the best iPad app. The app has established itself as one of the most trusted content creator tools in Apple’s mobile ecosystem. Co-founder Terry Morgan said daily user activity doubled during the pandemic.
Craft named Mac App of the Year. It is an office application built natively for macOS (there are also versions for iOS and iPadOS) that allows you to create and edit documents and notes with images, videos and PDF attachments in a structured and visually appealing way. Carrot Weather is the Apple Watch App of the Year. It offers detailed meteorological readings, and you can choose how much to show different information. The best app for Apple TV is Dazn (streaming service).
- For iPhone – League of Legends: Wild Rift
- For iPad – MARVEL Future Revolution
- For Mac – Myst
- For Apple TV – Space Marshals 3
- Apple Arcade Game of the Year – Fantasian
Trends of the year:
- Among Us!
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