macOS 15 System Settings to Get Design Overhaul

With the macOS 15 update that is set to debut at WWDC in June, Apple plans to rearrange "menus and app UIs," according to a report from AppleInsider. The System Settings app, which was last updated with macOS Ventura, will get one of the biggest updates.

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With macOS Ventura, Apple renamed the System Preferences app to System Settings, introducing a design similar to the Settings app on the iPhone and iPad. System Settings in macOS 15 is said to feature a new organizational system based on "priority and overall importance."

The Notifications and Sound categories in System Settings will be moved lower in the list, with General settings moved up right under Network settings. Apple plans to move the existing Wallpaper and Displays sections into the same section with General settings, and Privacy and Security will be paired with Touch ID and Password and other relevant settings. Siri and Spotlight will be paired with Internet Accounts and Game Center.

Apple also reportedly plans to redesign the ‌Siri‌ menu bar icon, making a flat black and white icon to replace the current colorful icon, and there are said to be design changes coming to Calculator (a more iOS-like design) and Safari (a unified menu for page controls). Other rumored macOS 15 changes include a Printable Account Recovery Summary option, a new iCloud preference pane, and a "modern" user interface for AirDrop.

Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference keynote is set to take place on Monday, June 10, and it will see Apple unveil macOS 15, iOS 18, tvOS 18, visionOS 2, and watchOS 11.

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tonywalker23 Avatar
4 weeks ago
Make it look like this: (credit to iSMH at 512 ('https://512pixels.net/projects/aqua-screenshot-library/mac-os-x-10-4-tiger/'))

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mikethebigo Avatar
4 weeks ago
Thank goodness. Here's the leaked design.

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Avenged110 Avatar
4 weeks ago
Just moving options around the garbage iOS-style design isn't really going to fix that mess. Just bring back the proper System Preferences application.
Score: 73 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sniffies Avatar
4 weeks ago
It’d be nice to have quicker access to stuff like Hide My Email.

Currently, it’s at least 10,000 taps away.
Score: 52 Votes (Like | Disagree)
falkon-engine Avatar
4 weeks ago
What Apple had in Big Sur and Monterey was fine… they ‘innovated’ themselves into a corner with Ventura. I for one hope they bring back what we had before… and please bring back the ability to rearrange the icons and let us sort by category or alphabetically. The haphazard mess that we have is unacceptable from the same company that produces the wonderful M4 and Tandem OLEDs. Let’s go Apple!
Score: 42 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DogHouseDub Avatar
4 weeks ago

It’d be nice to have a quicker access to stuff like Hide My Email.

Currently, it’s at least 10,000 taps away.
Only 10,000? Please share this efficient workflow!
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