Concept: macOS ‘Mammoth’ should redefine the Mac experience with major changes

By Parker Ortolani

August 9, 2021

With Mammoth, we’d like to see a dynamic flexible menu bar that can shrink and grow at will. It reserves more space for windows at the top of your display and hides a giant section of the menu bar that often serves no purpose. Both the right and left sides of the menu bar would collapse into small pill-shaped boxes that float on top of your content rather than being locked to the corners. If an app has more menu bar items, the pill can expand and vice versa.

Redesigned desktop

We’d love to see window buttons that shrink and expand on the fly. It saves space and declutters title bars. It’s a feature in iPadOS 15 that we think would work really well on macOS.

All-new window buttons

One of the most useful macOS utilities is Bartender, an app that lets you hide and show icons in the menu bar on the right side of your display. It helps manage lots of different icons if you have a ton of apps installed. It makes cleaning up your menu bar a breeze. Apple should extend this to third-party menu bar icons natively.

Update control center and do some sherlockin’

Apple introduced the App Library in iOS 14 last year and is bringing it to the iPad this year with iPadOS 15. It’s only natural that it would make its way to the Mac as well. Another thing we’d like to see is a dedicated button to trigger widgets. Apple removed Dashboard from macOS with Catalina, and the new widgets introduced in Big Sur could use some more exposure.

The right side of the dock expands

Clicking on the widgets icon in the dock could hide and show widgets on the desktop. You could position them anywhere you want to, even on different desktops using Mission Control. Apple could combine the aging Stickies app into the new widget system. Stickies already can be placed anywhere on the desktop and can even be made to float on top of windows. The new widget system could do the same things.

Desktop widgets

The App Library wouldn’t need to take up the entire screen, instead floating in a small translucent window above the dock. Your apps would be organized like they are on your iPhone or iPad into categories from the App Store. You could search and launch apps on the fly, too.

App Library replaces launchpad

File folders can of course be placed on the right side of the dock, but app-specific folders have been on iOS and iPadOS in the dock since 2010. They’ve been in the Mac’s launchpad, but with that being deprecated, they need a new home. It should be as simple as dragging one app in the dock on top of another to create a folder. When you click to open a folder, it expands and floats above the dock.

App folders in the dock

The large dictation button that has sat on the far right side of the window should be turned into a Siri button. Click it to ask command Siri rather than just dictate a search. What if Siri was integrated into the Spotlight search window? Just click command + space to find useful automations.

Siri + Spotlight

Scribble has been a really useful feature on the Apple Watch and the iPad. While it might seem like it’d be more of a novelty, we actually think it would be quite useful as an accessibility feature in macOS.  You’d be able to use Scribble with a built-in force touch trackpad on a modern MacBook model or using the Magic Trackpad 2 on a desktop Mac.

Scribble comes to the Mac

We designed a whole collection of wallpapers for this concept. The wallpaper’s design is supposed to be a natural evolution of the Big Sur and Monterey wallpaper style but adapted to feel like a mountain that meets water. Tap the button below to download them for free.