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Apple reportedly bringing Screen Time, Siri Shortcuts to Mac

April 20, 2019

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Apple is planning to introduce Siri Shortcuts and Screen Time for Mac during its Worldwide Developers Conference in June,  reported 9to5Mac

Seems like Apple is working on bringing the Mac and iOS closer together with the introduction of macOS 10.15and iOS 13.

Siri has been available on macOS for a while, but a scaled-down version of Siri will be introduced. With this new Siri, you can ask for the weather, NBA scores or a word translation. You can also turn off the WiFii or look up a file on your hard drive.

Whereas, 9to5Mac notes that Shortcuts would only work for so-called “Marzipan” apps, which are the apps that Apple has ported over from iOS to the Mac such as Home, Apple News, and Voice Memos.

Related: Apple cancels its AirPower wireless charger

Another major feature from iOS 12 that are coming to the Mac with macOS 10.15 is Screen Time. This iOS feature will show the amount of time you’ve spent using your device and individual apps each day, is also set to debut on macOS 10.15.

You can set limits for app usage with Screen Time, and if you exceed that time allowance, you’ll have to enter your passcode to keep using whatever app it is.

Apple is also working on bringing a new Apple ID management panel to System Preferences, including better support for configuring Family Sharing, similar to what’s currently available in the iOS Settings app.

The macOS 10.15 is expected to be announced during WWDC which starts on June 3. The final version for consumers will start rolling out in late September or October.

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