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Apple’s macOS 12.2 public beta includes faster music app

Apple rolled out the macOS 12.2 beta update to public testers in its beta program, just a day after it was made available to developers. Like 9to5Mac notes, the operating system comes with a new music app that Apple has rebuilt as a full-featured native app. Apple introduced the dedicated music app from macOS in 2019, but it kept some iTunes elements for parts of it, meaning it still displays web content within the app.

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

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

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