In the last week, among the infinity of “previews” of future Apple systems discovered by developer Guilherme Rambo, the possibility arose that the macOS 10.15 win a feature version Usage Time to call yours. For those who are on the outside, the tool – which debuted on iOS – is designed to improve the relationship of users with their devices, offering options for controlling usage, weather alerts and viewing patterns.
With this possible arrival in macOS in mind, the designer Jacob Grozian imagined how the Usage Time would be implemented on the platform – and the result, if you want my opinion, was very interesting.
According to Grozian, the tool would come to macOS as a separate app, based on the “Marzipan Project” (as are the News, Bolsa, Voice Recorder and Home apps already). The home screen would show the person’s usage patterns, with graphs divided by categories and hours of the day (or days of the week / month).
In the sidebar, users could click on each of the categories to see which apps are most used within that area, what time it is most active and other relevant data. In the bottom left corner, it would be possible to switch between your Macs and those of other people in your family, seeing the usage patterns of each one.
Usage Time on macOS would also, of course, rely on the same control tools as its counterpart for iOS. It would be possible to establish a rest time to deactivate the Mac for a certain period and configure app limits to prevent overuse of certain applications – basically in the same way that we already explained dye by dye in this article.
Very cool, too, would be the Usage Time icon imagined by Grozian for the Mac menu bar: there, you could have quick access to the most relevant information of the application, such as most used applications and categories, time remaining in the configured limit and total time of use in the day.
What did you think of the idea? It is true that the use of a Mac is, in most cases, different from the use of an iPhone or iPad, which can make the implementation of Usage Time on macOS a little less useful than on the mobile system. Still, it would be an interesting addition.