New Apple macOS Release Dashes Hopes Of Major MacBook Update – Forbes

Apple traditionally reveals its updated version of macOS at the annual Worldwide Developers Conference in June. This year’s event takes place June 5-9 in San Jose, and details on the latest version of the desk-bound operating system are starting to come out.

Tim Cook and his team have been working on the update to macOS, as witnessed by the increasing number of visits showing up in the log files of Mac news sites since the start of the year. This report from Pike’s Universe (which has been on the ball for macOS news in the past) notes the CatalogURL for the developer seeds of the OS and is one of the first public facing confirmations that the new version of the OS is coming.

Apple CEO Tim Cook (R) previews a MacBook Pro during a product launch event at Apple headquarters in Cupertino (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)

As yet there are no details on what to expect in the latest update to macOS, but the indications of this being v10.13.x and not a v11.0.x suggests that Apple is continuing to take an iterative approach to its desk-bound operating system.

Given the lack of primary focus on the Mac range, that is expected but disappointing. iOS picks up major changes each year with new features added and more potential offered to developers and consumers,. As for macOS, I get the feeling that it is getting just enough love to keep it running on the latest silicon, but there’s no great frontiers being explored.

Careful maintenance is exactly what I would expect from those watching over a mature operating system, but I also want to see evidence that those behind it care for the OS, that they have a vision and are continuing to push the boundaries of what can be done. I can see that in iOS, but I can’t see that in macOS. Yes, the hardware has the new programmable touch bar, but is a slight tweak to the UI environment on top of a slightly faster chipset the sum total of what macOS can deliver in 2017?

Once you take that data point of a moribund OS, add the lack of genuine new developments in the hardware (which I’ve discussed previously on Forbes) and combine that with the disbanding of Apple’s dedicated macOS team, the conclusion is clear.

Apple has the resources to invest in the Mac range of desktops and laptops, but it chooses not to. The glory days of the Mac are over. Bar some tweaks and specification bumps, the Macintosh you see today is pretty much it.

Now read why Tim Cook is struggling to define the MacBook…

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