Every year Apple blurs the lines between Mac and iPhone / iPad with every new software version. So, macOS 12 Monterey, iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 continue this trend with new features that bring desktop and mobile even closer.
Two examples of this are the updated Notes app and the brand new Quick Note feature.
What has changed?
In the latest round of software updates, Apple is adding collaboration features so you can share information with friends or colleagues who also use the Notes app.
Meanwhile, the new Quick Note feature makes it easier to take notes while in another app like Safari without ever having to open the Notes app. A quick note isn’t just a way to add text; You can also insert hyperlinks, a maps address, and more. Changes made on one device are automatically synced with your other Apple devices.
The new features in the Notes app will help you stay organized, collaborate, and take notes no matter what device is being used. When you collaborate, you’ll see everyone’s mentions and changes in a new activity view. With tags, you can find information quickly and easily using the new tag browser and tag-based smart folders.
Notes can be shared via mail, messages, AirDrop, or a link. Whoever sends an invitation first also decides whether someone can add new people for further collaboration.
Quick Note is an extension of Notes and allows you to capture an element or a thought in Safari or another app. You can add to an existing Quick Note or create a new one. A quick note is added using a keyboard shortcut, control center, or hot corner.
You can add links to a quick note in supported apps. It will show a thumbnail every time you go back for easy follow-up. Quick Notes are resizable and available from anywhere on macOS in full screen or split view.
It will be interesting to see how Quick Note evolves across its many platforms, particularly iPadOS and macOS. It could prove very useful to both college students and everyday users.
macOS Monterey will be released to the public in late 2021.