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Four ways Jira Cloud for Mac accelerates your team’s performance

It’s been 12 months since Jira Cloud for Mac took to the stage – pirouetted, if you like – at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference.

And then in October 2019, the app officially launched into the world.

The Jira Cloud for Mac app has been put to the test by vast quantities of Jira users, both advanced Jira aficionados and bright-eyed newcomers. Since its launch, the app has been the vehicle for three million Jira issue updates, 35 million notification feed views, and more than half a million issue comment creations.

Do you have the app? Make sure you’re using the latest version of macOS Catalina.

Here are four ways the Jira Cloud for Mac app can bolster and accelerate your team’s performance:


1. Save time: Lightning-fast loading

Load times are fast. We’re talking almost blink-and-you’ll-miss-it fast. In fact, it performs up to 30% faster than any other Jira experience ever has.

What makes it so fast?

We’re glad you asked: The app embraces native Apple® macOS technology. Data is continuously cached and rendered while changes are fetched from the network, meaning updates are delivered in real-time. Meanwhile, the UI is only updated with the differences, rather than undergoing total reloads. Plus, because the app is native, it doesn’t need to download and interpret vast quantities of JavaScript in order to deliver a clean, modern experience.

2. Maintain focus: Fewer distractions

Frequent distractions can cause increased levels of stress and frustration, and strong feelings of time pressure. (Check out this study.)

Minimize distractions with:

  • Push notifications: The app’s real-time push notifications aren’t just faster than emails – they also let you stay focused by taking you straight to where you need to be without having to exit the app.

  • Always-visible sidebar: The app’s always-visible sidebar displays your most recent projects and filters, so you don’t waste precious moments hunting for the important stuff (and getting side-tracked).

  • Filtering and grouping: Filtering and grouping issues on your board enables you to view your most important stuff, without being distracted by the rest.

  • In-app development info: View crucial development info from within your Jira issues, such as builds, commits, and PRs, without having to navigate to an external tool for status updates.

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3. Collaborate efficiently: Single source of truth

One major time-waster is having to visit multiple tools to gain status updates and attend to repetitive administrative tasks, such as time tracking and team planning.

With Jira Cloud for Mac, your team has a single source of truth. Status updates are instant and team-wide; issue edits and replies to colleagues' questions are automatically transferred to the web version as well; roadmaps provide team-wide visibility of future planning, goals, and directional outcomes.

4. Hit the accelerator: Ultra-intuitive UI

  • Navigation: Using the app’s left-to-right hierarchy, tabs within each project let you flick between board, backlog, roadmap, reports, and settings with a single action (or keyboard shortcut).

  • Dark Mode: Feel more focused after sunset? No problem. Dark mode is lit. (No, wait. That’s the opposite of what it is.)


Since launching, an enormous volume of useful feedback (check out some customer comments below) has enabled us to refine Jira Cloud for Mac’s features, polish its performance, and continue adding powerful new capabilities to help teams perform even faster.

Newly-released features include:

  • Reports – Gain insight into your teams' overall progress and performance with burndown charts, cumulative flow diagrams, and velocity reports.

  • Releases – Ready to ship? Create and edit versions via the Releases tab within your project.

  • Development info – Life’s easier when everything’s at your fingertips: Quickly see a summary of related commits, pull requests, branches, builds, reviews, and deployments within your issues.

  • Service desk features – Create major incidents within issues and access change management fields.

Positive feedback

Check out this snapshot of positive customer reviews from the Apple® Mac App Store:

- "Love it… Simple and powerful, awesome job!" 
31 March 2020

- “This Jira is far more faster and less bloated… This one is a treat to use. I click and instantly see the result.”
27 April 2020

- “I love the Jira Mac app. Snappy and well-designed.”
29 April 2020

- “Faster and cleaner than jira cloud on the web.”
29 April 2020

- “I really enjoy the app version of Jira! … I’m excited for the future of the app. They continue to roll out updates to address issues and continue to cover the gaps in features.”
12 May 2020

- "I gave up on this app earlier this year... But today, jumping back into it, it’s replaced the website for me." 
22 May 2020

Have you explored how Jira Cloud for Mac can help accelerate your team’s performance? Download it and put it to the test.



Hi! In my version, on report tabs, only appears velocity chart. What should I do to show burndown and another charts? Regards.

Did someone read this comment?

Hi @Marcelo Gallego,

Sorry for the delayed response. Are you working within a next-gen project or classic project? At this point in time, next-gen projects in the Mac app include all 3 reports (velocity, burndown, and cumulative flow). Classic projects in the Mac app only include velocity reports.

Kind regards,


Like Marcelo Gallego likes this

Thank you so much Hannah, solved doubt.
Do you have the intention of adding new reports views on classic projects?
Best regards.

Like Hannah McKenzie likes this

@Marcelo Gallego At this stage, we don't have plans to add the other reports to classic projects on the Mac app. But we are always reviewing our users' feedback, and evaluating upcoming features, so it may be something we implement in future. 


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