Apple reportedly bringing Screen Time, Siri Shortcuts, and other iOS features to the Mac

As we approach the Apple Developer World Conference in June, where the company will present its next major releases of iOS, macOS and other software updates, of 9to5Mac Guilherme Rambo is receiving the I jump in some of those ads. Today, he is reporting that Apple plans to bring the Siri Shortcuts feature (and probably the Shortcuts application itself) to the Mac with macOS 10.15. Shortcuts allow users to create custom Siri voice commands that trigger actions within a particular application. These actions can be linked (each shortcut can include several applications), which has made the feature one of the favorite tools of advanced users.

Now, Apple will apparently bring those same capabilities to the Mac. 9to5Mac notes that shortcuts will only work for so-called "Marzipan" applications, which are the applications that Apple has ported from iOS to Mac, such as Home, Apple News and Voice Notes. It is rumored that the company has more plans and it is expected that, this year, developers can start bringing their own applications for iPhone and iPad to Mac computers. Since many of them will have offered support for the Siri shortcuts on iOS, it makes sense to replicate that functionality on laptops and Apple desktop computers.

9to5Mac says that Screen Time, the iOS feature that shows the amount of time the daily use of your device and individual applications is also scheduled to debut in macOS 10.15. You can set limits for the use of the application with Screen Time, and if it exceeds that time allocation, you must enter your access code to continue using the application. The full report has other information that is reportedly on the way, including a redesigned section to manage your Apple ID. Oh, and the visual effects of iMessage will also come to the Mac. That sounds simple, but it's actually quite complicated from a technical perspective.

Earlier this week, 9to5Mac reported that MacOS 10.15 will allow the iPad to serve as an external display for Mac computers. Before that, Rambo revealed that iOS 13 will include a dark mode and greater productivity improvements for the iPad.

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