Last week, among the plethora of "previews" of future Apple systems discovered by developer Guilherme Rambo, the possibility arose that macOS 10.15 win a feature version Use Time to call yours. For those on the outside, the debut tool on iOS is designed to improve users' relationships with their devices by offering usage control options, weather alerts and viewing patterns.
Keeping in mind this possible arrival to macOS, the designer Jacob Grozian wondered 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 standalone app, based on the “Marzipan Project” (as is the case with News, Bag, Voice Recorder and Home). The home screen would show the person's usage patterns, with charts divided by categories and times of 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 lower left corner, you could switch between your Macs and those of others in your family, seeing their usage patterns.
MacOS Usage Time would of course also feature the same control tools as its iOS counterpart. You could set a sleep time to turn off your Mac over a period of time and set app limits to prevent overuse of certain apps in much the same way as we have explained stroke by stroke in this article.
Very cool, too, would be the Grozian-envisioned Usage Time icon for the Mac menu bar: there, you could have quick access to the most relevant app information, such as commonly used apps and categories, time remaining at the configured limit, and total time of use on the day.
What did you think of the idea? Admittedly, using a Mac is often different from using an iPhone or iPad, which can make the implementation of Use Time on macOS a little less useful than on the mobile system. Still, it would be an interesting addition.