Apple has implemented a few tools in its operating systems over the past few years that are intended to show quickly and easily whether certain tools are currently being accessed. Under iOS on the iPhone, iPadOS on the iPad as well as macOS on the Mac, e.g. B. the green and the orange point Used to show camera and microphone usage. After the update to macOS 13.3, which was rolled out this week, there is a third dot color on the Mac: blue. What does the blue dot next to that mean control center in the menu bar? You will find an answer to this question here.
That means the blue dot in the menu bar of the Apple Mac
After the update to macOS 13.3, you will not only find the green and orange dots mentioned above, which have been known from the iPhone since 2020. A blue dot may also appear. It represents the device's location services and indicates that the Mac is querying for location. This can e.g. B. be necessary to prepare the forecast for the current location in the weather app. The location is also required when using the Maps app and creating a route from the current location. You can click on the blue dot to see which ones App or which service is currently querying the location.
Mac location services: This is how you can make settings
If you don't want any macOS app or system tool to track the location of your Mac, iMac, MacBook, or other Apple computer, go to the System Settings. You can find it there in the menu item Privacy right first the Location services.
If you call this up, you can generally specify whether location services may be used or not - but also which individual apps may use this when the location service is switched on. If you scroll down the list, you will find a very important app: Where is? The location should always be activated if you want to find a lost or stolen Mac.
Below you will find another item, namely the system services. If you want to know what these are all about, just click on the "Details..." button to the right. You can already choose which macOS system services are allowed to determine your location. Here, Find My Mac should remain enabled. At the bottom you can determine whether the blue dot in the menu bar or the explanation in the control center should be displayed when system services retrieve the location.
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