Every year, Apple brings something new, something exciting for it’s users and this year too, Apple did the same. On the very first day of WWDC 2018, Apple announced the new macOS called Mojave. Apple names it’s macOS series after inspired locations in California and this time it was inspired by the desert called Mojave. While introducing the new OS to the world, Tim Cook mentioned that Mojave is “inspired by pro users, but designed for everyone.” He also mentioned that the beat version will be released at start of the summer and final release this fall.
Apple has added numerous new features to Mojave which not only makes user experience better but also focuses on the privacy of their data. Let’s have a quick look at what Apple has added to it’s new OS:
1. DARK MODE
When the name is inspired by the desert then why shouldn’t the theme. So, Apple has also introduced the Dark Mode in Mojave and this is going to be the most noticeable aspect. Microsoft introduced this feature long time ago with Windows 10, but it doesn’t appear everywhere. While Apple’s dark Mode is way more extensive, that not only appears on window borders but also on the content areas of Safari, Messages, Finder and almost all the apps created by Apple for Mac. The companion feature of Dark Mode is Dynamic Desktop, which darkens the wallpaper as the day passes.
2. Redesigned Mac App Store
Apple is finally redesigning it’s Mac App Store which was long-overdue. The iOS store was redesigned last year and the redesigned Mac App Store has taken a lot of cues from it. Some of the biggest changes are that now there will be auto-playing videos of the apps, big billboards calling out the new apps and collections, editorial contents from Apple about different apps. It now has Discover, Create, Play, Develop and Work tabs that helps to explore the apps and get more out of it. Apple also has two big partners coming with an app each: Microsoft with the Office 365 and Adobe with it’s Lightroom CC.
3. Desktop Stacks
Remember that messy desktop on your Mac that is hard to work with. Well, Apple has made things easy for you by introducing a new feature called Stacks. It instantly organizes the random data that is there on your desktop into clean batches of folders on the right side of the screen. You can click on the stack to see it’s contents and from there you can double-click to open a document or click on the stack again to put everything away. The best part of the stack is that they will stay organized, regardless the number of documents you add to your desktop.
4. Security Controls
5. Continuity Camera
Earlier, Apple invented Continuity, the technology that lets you continue from where you left the work on other Apple devices. And this year with Mojave, Apple has made that technology even better called Continuity Camera. For example, if you are working on any document on your Mac and want to add a picture, then Continuity Camera will automatically activate the camera on your phone. And as soon as you take a snap, the picture will automatically appear in the document on your Mac. This is going to be a tremendous time saving feature for those who work on PDFs and documents.
6. Updated Finder
With the macOS Mojave, the Finder has also got an update. There’s an addition of new view called “Gallery View” that allows you to scroll through the small previews of your documents and the selected document appear larger at the top. Apple is also increasing ways to view the metadata of your documents inside the finder window itself and you can also perform some quick actions on your files and documents.
7. Better Screenshots
The new OS makes it easier for it’s users to record whatever is there on the screen. Mojave has introduced a lot of screen capturing menus like a recording tool with countdown delay timer, the option to either hide or show the cursor in the shot and new ways to quickly share and organize your screenshots.
Following the trend that Apple follows, the new version of the macOS will launch this fall, likely in late September or early October. A public beta version will be released in a month so that you can try these changes before they are widely available. The macOS has been quite stagnant in the recent years as Apple mainly focused on it’s much widely distributed iOS. Last year update, High Sierra hardly had any new feature that would prompt the user to upgrade it’s OS. This year, with all these list of amazing features, the Mac feels a little less ignored. Though a lot of these features comes from iOS, these are still long-awaited helpful features that should make it’s user eager to update this time around.