Apple’s public macOS 12.2 beta includes a faster music app


Apple rolled out the macOS 12.2 beta update to public testers in its beta program just a day after it became available to developers. As 9to5Mac points out, the operating system comes with a new music app that Apple had rebuilt as a full native application. Apple introduced macOS’s dedicated music app in 2019, but it kept some iTunes elements for some parts of it, meaning it still displays web content in the app.

Based on what 9to5Mac has seen, macOS 12.2 beta uses AppKit, the framework needed to give applications a native interface. There won’t be a big difference in appearance, but the new app will apparently run faster. Searching for songs within Music, for example, will appear faster as the results will be displayed on a native interface, while scrolling will feel smoother and trackpad gestures will feel more responsive.

In addition to a brand new Music app, macOS 12.2 makes scrolling in Safari smoother for the 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro models that support refresh rates up to 120Hz. To test macOS 12.2, you need to download and install the macOS Developer Beta Access Utility. You can then access the latest beta update in the Software Update section of System Preferences.

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