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macOS 15 said to bring big UI design changes with a spotlight on Siri

Published May 24th, 2024 8:20AM EDT
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WWDC 2024 is just around the corner. While macOS Sonoma was quite a disappointing update, it seems Apple will give macOS 15 a major overhaul. Not only is Cupertino reportedly preparing an AI-first approach to this operating system, but a design change is coming for System Settings in addition to several UI tweaks.

People familiar with the matter told AppleInsider that Apple is once again rearranging the System Settings app. After a major revamp with macOS Ventura, which gave this crucial macOS app a more iOS-themed version, Apple is now considering tweaking a few things here and there.

The publication teases some of the changes, including:

  • General settings will be right underneath network settings
  • Notifications and Sound settings will be moved lower in the System Settings list
  • Wallpaper and display-related settings will be hidden in General Settings, Accessibility Settings, and others
  • Privacy & Security will be better highlighted and moved closers with Touch ID, Users & Groups, and Lock Screen

AppleInsider reports that the Menu Bar icon will also get a new monochromatic Siri icon. The personal assistant will be able to use the internet “to gather relevant search results and information.” We’ll have to see how much of a ChatGPT-like assistant Siri will be.

The publication also corroborates Apple ID will shift to the Apple Account brand. New animations and redesigned UI elements are expected across the system. macOS 15 could also include:

  • A “modern” user interface for AirDrop
  • Calculator, Notes, Safari, and Voice Memos getting several visual changes

That said, macOS 15 looks like one of the biggest software updates the Mac has ever had. Luckily, Apple will also fix several bugs that macOS Sonoma added. Since significant design changes usually mean many bugs, a report last year said Apple was working to resolve these issues to deliver an improved user experience.

Fortunately, it won’t take long until we learn more about macOS 15 and start testing it. BGR will keep reporting on Mac’s upcoming operating system update.

José Adorno Tech News Reporter

José is a Tech News Reporter at BGR. He has previously covered Apple and iPhone news for 9to5Mac, and was a producer and web editor for Latin America broadcaster TV Globo. He is based out of Brazil.