The Curious Case of MacOS 12.3

Joe Rossignol, MacRumors:

Dropbox today announced that users who update to macOS 12.3 once that software version becomes available may temporarily encounter issues with opening online-only files in some third-party apps on their Mac.


Dropbox did not provide any further details, but Microsoft recently said macOS 12.2 will be the last version that supports its own cloud storage service OneDrive’s current online-only files implementation. Microsoft said OneDrive will be getting a new online-only files experience that is “more integrated with macOS” and “will have long-term support from Apple,” adding that the current version is built on several technologies that are “now deprecated.”

Stephen Hackett:

I don’t know why Apple would change this feature, but it’s not hard to look at this as a move against services that compete with its own iCloud Drive feature. Given the scrutiny the company already faces when it comes to anti-competitive behavior, I’d sure like to see a better reason for this change, especially if iCloud Drive retains features similar to what Dropbox and Microsoft offer.

I am curious to see what changes are coming in MacOS 12.3 that necessitates these kinds of advisories. It is also interesting to see Dropbox and Microsoft making similar but different announcements: the former says that applications may not open online-only files, while the latter is forcing users to work with Files on Demand instead of always retaining a local copy.

I am already a user of Files on Demand in OneDrive, and I hope this revised client is wholly native and more resource friendly. The existing OneDrive client likes to eat up an entire CPU core just to sync files. I do not like Apple’s questionable behaviour, but I also like to get work done without my computer’s fans whirring for no good reason.