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Quick Takes: Apple Celebrating Women's Week, The Road to Swift 5, and New macOS 11 Concept

In addition to our standalone articles covering the latest Apple news and rumors at MacRumors, this Quick Takes column provides a bite-sized recap of other headlines about Apple and its competitors on weekdays.

Thursday, March 1


Apple celebrating International Women's Day and Women's Week with in-store events: Apple Orchard Road in Singapore will be hosting Today at Apple sessions over the next week in celebration of women who inspire the community. Apple Marché Saint-Germain in France will be hosting a recruiting event on March 8, billed as an evening of inspiration, participation, and celebration.


Commentary: International Women's Day is observed on March 8 to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. Apple has honored the day in previous years with featured content in iTunes and Apple Music.

macOS 11 concept reimagines Apple's desktop operating system: Spanish graphic designer and University of Navarra student Álvaro Pabesion has shared a macOS 11 concept on Behance. The mockups visualize how Apple's desktop operating system could look with a simpler design.


Commentary: While beauty is in the eye of the beholder, it's hard not to drool over the idea of a more systemwide dark mode and iTunes being easier to navigate. macOS last received a major redesign as part of OS X Yosemite in 2014.

"Apple Is Going to Be the First Trillion-Dollar Company": A bold headline from Bloomberg View columnist Barry Ritholtz, who believes Apple will achieve the milestone at some point this year. He considers share repurchases, continued investments from Warren Buffett, index buyers, and several new products being on the horizon as four factors key to Apple's continued upward momentum.

Commentary: Apple is certainly leading the race to a trillion dollar valuation, with a market capitalization hovering around the $900 billion mark. Google parent company Alphabet, Amazon, and Microsoft are next closest, each with market caps approaching the $750 billion mark. AAPL is down nearly two percent today.

Apple outlines release process for Swift 4.2, introduces SwiftNIO: Apple has shared a blog post that describes the goals, release process, and estimated schedule for Swift 4.2. Apple has also introduced SwiftNIO at a conference in Tokyo, described as a low-level tool for building high-performance networking applications in Swift.


Commentary: A couple of notable items for developers who use Apple's open source programming language. Today is also the cutoff date for proposing ideas for Swift 5.0, expected to be released in late 2018.

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11 months ago
Removing the system bar on macOS would be a huge usability mistake.
Rating: 20 Votes
11 months ago
He’s obviously not an OS X power user. Hiding the menu bar would be a stupid mistake.
Rating: 13 Votes
11 months ago
Why is the woman in the middle pictured wearing a fitbit? LOL gtfo fitbit
Rating: 10 Votes
11 months ago

Removing the system bar on macOS would be a huge usability mistake.


He’s obviously not an OS X power user. Hiding the menu bar would be a stupid mistake.


Yes, he does not understand some of the basic reasons *why* the Mac menu bar is better than operating systems that attach the menu bar to individual windows. On a Mac, you just slam your mouse to the top of the screen and you can quickly get to the menu that you want. In that macOS 11 mockup, the menubar becomes a difficult-to-use widget separate from the geographic dimensions of the screen.
Rating: 9 Votes
11 months ago
Love the concept of macOS 11.
Rating: 8 Votes
11 months ago
Here's a silly concept that has nothing to do with what macOS 11 will actually look like.
Rating: 5 Votes
11 months ago
I'm still pissed about the sidebar icons going grayscale. It used to be so much easier to pick things out. Now it's little icons that all look about the same. Downloads, Music, Dropbox,... All little gray things.

Says the old man.
Rating: 5 Votes
11 months ago


Says the old man.


I got you.



Rating: 4 Votes
11 months ago

I've never used Go (the language), but I've heard it's straight up better than Swift. And I've used Swift and don't like it. I think it's good considering all the compatibility they're trying to keep with ObjC stuff, but that's also holding it back severely.


Go is designed for a narrower scope of problems, where Swift is much more versatile. They are not very comparable. This is one of the reasons Google went eight Kotlin for their next Android language rather than Go.

Swift and Kotlin are very similar as they have influenced each other.
Rating: 3 Votes
11 months ago
Am I the only one who does not care for that "Quick take" format? It makes the stories harder to skim through and the comments become impossible to follow. I could understand combining stories on the same topic, but grouping totally different stories makes no sense.
Rating: 3 Votes

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