Alongside iOS 12, watchOS 5, and tvOS 12, Apple also released macOS 10.14 called Mojave. The highlight of the update is that it comes with a new dark mode — a feature which macOS users had been asking for a long time.
The Dark Mode is implemented across the system including all system apps like Calendar, Photos, and more. Apple also announced a new version of Xcode with dark mode support.
There’s also a new Dynamic Desktop feature which automatically changes the desktop wallpaper depending on the time of the day.
Taking a cue from the stacks feature of the dock, Apple is bringing the feature to the desktop. Desktop Stacks will automatically stack the clutter on your desktop to ensure your desktop always looks clean.
Updated Finder with Metadata Support
There’s a new Gallery View support in Finder along with metadata support. This will allow you to go through your photos while viewing their EXIF data at the same time. There’s also a Quick Actions bar where you can put custom actions or just use the default ones displayed by Apple.
Quick Look with Markup Tools
Quick Look is getting updated in Mojave to allow for video and photo editing. It also gains support for signing documents without having to open Preview or any other app.
Improved Screenshot Tools
Taking screenshots on macOS Mojave is going to get a whole lot better as Apple has added a new screenshot tool similar to the one it debuted with iOS 11 last year. The tool also has screen recording option built-in so you won’t have to use Quicktime for screen recording in macOS anymore.
Apple is improving Continuity feature in macOS Mojave with Continuity Camera. Any app on your macOS that requires a camera input can trigger the camera on your iPhone. For example, if you need to add selfie to a picture that you are editing, you can use Continuity Camera to open the camera on your iPhone and take a photo. This photo is then immediately sent to the app on your macOS.
Apple News, Voice Memo
The Apple News app is finally also making its debut on macOS. Additionally, Voice memo, Stocks, and Home apps from iOS are also coming to Mojave. They offer the same set of functionality as their iOS counterpart.
Apple is putting a greater emphasis on user data and privacy with macOS Mojave. Now, any app will have to explicitly request for your location, microphone, message history, iTunes device backups, system cookies, and more.
Apple is killing tracking of any kind with the latest release of Safari. While Apple had already made huge strides in this regard last year, this year it is killing them completely as it is disabling support for social sharing buttons. This feature will also be available Safari for iOS.
New Mac App Store
The Mac App Store is getting a huge revamp with Mojave. The redesign is similar to the iOS App Store redesign from last year. There’s a new Discover tab which is updated weekly to help you find new apps. There are also new Create, Work, Play, and Develop tabs to help you find apps depending on your needs. These tabs will also contain tips and tricks for apps that you might have already installed on your macOS. The new app product listing page includes view previews, app ranking, and more. There’s also a new Ratings and Reviews API for Mac apps to help developers encourage users to review and rate their app on the Mac App Store easily.
Apple says Microsoft is bringing its Office 365 suite to the Mac App Store later this year. Adobe will also soon offer Lightroom CC on the App Store.
What do you think about macOS Mojave? It definitely looks more impressive with a number of new features compared to macOS High Sierra from last year.Like this post? Share it!