By Alex Blake December 9, 2023 9:00AM
Looking back, 2023 was a banderole year for Mac gaming. As a gamer, it feels absolutely surreal to say that, accustomed how black the accomplished has been. But it’s accurate — and for the aboriginal time in a continued time, the sun is animated on Mac gamers.
We’ve had the M3 alternation of chips with accouterments ray tracing, cobweb shading, and bigger GPUs. On the software side, Apple has complete accoutrement like Game Mode and a bold porting toolkit into macOS. And some massive amateur accept appear to the Mac, including Baldur’s Gate 3 and Lies of P.
Yet admitting all that positivity, there’s still one affair Apple needs to fix for Mac gamers as we arch into 2024. If it doesn’t, so abundant of the adamantine assignment over the accomplished 12 months will accept been for nothing.
The big names are missing
For years, Apple’s gaming struggles accept been bound in a abandoned cycle. Game developers didn’t bother porting their amateur to the Mac because there weren’t abundant players, and gamers didn’t about-face to the Mac because there weren’t abundant big-name amateur to play. Things were at an impasse.
For all the abundant assignment Apple has done on its end, it needs to do abundant added to allure AAA developers to macOS. Right now, there’s a superb alternative of indie amateur to accept from, including some of the best Mac games available. But as acceptable as they are, they’re absurd to cull in austere numbers of players.
Big-name franchises like Call of Duty, Assassin’s Creed, Grand Theft Auto, and EA Sports FC are all absent from the Mac, to name aloof a few. If that bearings were to change, it would assuredly mark the Mac as a austere gaming destination already and for all.
Not alone that, but it would be a attestation to the backbone of Apple’s hardware. Just a few years ago, a MacBook would attempt to amount a word-processing certificate after its admirers ramping up (OK, conceivably I’m exaggerating). But active abundantly ambitious amateur on a Mac would be a massive win for Mac users and for Apple’s own chips.
Of course, it’ll booty added than aloof able chips to argue bold developers to accomplish the bound to the Mac. The software has to be abundant to assignment with, for one thing. And, of course, there charge be a accommodating admirers accessible to breeze up new titles as they launch.
Apple already seems to be alive to fix the aboriginal part. With macOS Sonoma, Apple has arranged a game porting toolkit that aims to accomplish the accomplished action smoother. It does this by enabling devs to see how able-bodied their amateur will run in macOS, which abundantly simplifies the action of converting their titles for Apple’s platform. The ambition is to annihilate months of assignment back porting a bold to the Mac.
Attracting an admirers will be abundant harder, but alms a bonanza alternative of top-tier amateur absolutely can’t aching — and we apperceive Apple is working with developers here. That’s the aftermost allotment of the puzzle, and one that Apple absolutely needs to fix in 2024. Baldur’s Gate 3 and Lies of P are amazing additions, but they should be apparent as aloof the start. There’s no time for Apple to blow on its laurels.
With the Vision Pro set to barrage abutting year, Apple admirers will accept addition (very different) way to game. But for me, it’s acute that Apple puts as abundant focus as accessible on Mac gaming. The belvedere has a ton of momentum, and it’d be a abhorrent abashment if it were to be lost.
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One of my admired Mac apps is active me nuts
Shortcuts is apparently the best arresting app I’ve acclimated on macOS. Not because it’s a bad app -- it’s absolutely one of the best Mac apps you can get -- but because Apple gives abutting to no abutment on how to use such a able allotment of its operating system. It’s like actuality accustomed a supercar, but the dealership forgot to accommodate the keys.
Most of the time in macOS, the low akin of official abutment is not a problem. But with Shortcuts, it's detrimental.
Apple needs to do more
The MacBook Pro we all appetite is still abounding years away
As abundant as the MacBook Pro is appropriate now, there's one important affection that's consistently been missing. A touchscreen. It's article Windows laptops accept enjoyed for years now, and abounding accept beheld it as a missing allotment of the addle for the Mac.
The latest rumors, however, advance that a solid alley map is in abode that could potentially end with touch-enabled OLED screens advancing to the MacBook Pro.
The account comes from @Tech_Reve on X (formerly Twitter), who indicates that Apple has affairs to acknowledge MacBook Pro models featuring OLED displays in the 2026 to 2027 time frame. These models ability appear in 14.2-inch and 16.2-inch variants and are additionally accepted to be touchscreen enabled.
After the addition of the OLED touchscreen MacBook Pro, Apple is accepted to advance both appearance to MacBook Air models in 13.6-inch and 15.3-inch variants. This could appear starting in 2026 and beyond, depending on the acting timeline of the MacBook Pro launch.
According to @Tech_Reve, Apple is alive with Samsung and LG as its affectation suppliers. Each architect has their own adapted adaptation of touchscreen technology that integrates the blow console anon into the display. Samsung's technology is alleged Y-OCTA and LG's is Touch On Encapsulation. However, they ultimately aftermath the aforementioned result, a thinner console at a lower cost. The accepted accepted entails layering the OLED console and again a abstracted blow panel, WCCFTech noted.
The OLED touchscreen MacBook Pro ability crawl bottomward from the OLED iPad Pro, which is one of the big Apple rumors for a barrage during the aboriginal bisected of 2024. The book already has a touchscreen display, so abounding accept it would be an accessible alteration to add an OLED awning for a analogously high-end product. Additionally, the accounted 11-inch and 13-inch models are accepted to be solid testers for approaching OLED touchscreen devices, such as the 2026-2027 MacBook Pro.
WCCFTech fabricated the point that the OLED touchscreen MacBook Pro would acceptable crave tweaks to the macOS interface to axle for the attention bare back application blow on a display. Notably, the iPad Pro already has the abetment of the Apple Pencil, but there's no cogent how accessories will fit into the equation.
5 things you charge to apperceive afore affairs a new MacBook Pro
Apple afresh alien new MacBook Pro laptops with the M3 processor. On the surface, little abroad changed. The new apparatus sports the aforementioned high-quality and minimalist architecture (albeit with a arresting new Space Black color), the aforementioned alarming mini-LED display, and the aforementioned aberrant keyboard and touchpad.
You ability be tempted to anticipate that allotment a new MacBook Pro will be as simple as it was with the antecedent generation. If so, anticipate again. There are several important gotchas with the new machines that charge accurate consideration. I account bristles of them here.
Apple Silicon has gotten abundant added confusing