When the outliner boots up for the first time, for the first-time user, it is in text mode not structure mode.
That means that insead of showing the bar cursor, we show a blinking caret cursor.
This is more accurate. It's the first thing a first-time user should do. The software should invite the user to type. That's what the blinking caret says.
In the right sidebar, the clock moves below the version number. Looks a little more balanced, imho.