As expected, Apple announced the next version of their desktop operating system, macOS 10.14 and it will be called “Mojave.”
It will feature a bunch of new updates, like the highly anticipated Dark Mode, Dynamic Desktop, a new and improved Finder and Mac App Store, and compatibility with Apple’s home-grown iOS apps
The all new dark mode, perhaps the most desired feature of them all, was demonstrated today and it looked better than we ever imagined. Not only is it limited to the background but it extends to the active window and all sidebar.
You can now view your mail, web content, messages, photos, and videos all in dark mode. Album Arts in your music library have never looked more awesome.
And we have a feeling that developers will never turn it off because Xcode and other developer apps just look incredible in dark mode.
Dynamic Desktop and Stacks
MacOS 10.14 also introduces Dynamic Desktop, which is essentially a live wallpaper that keeps on changing slightly as the day goes on, from day to night in real time.
You can also create Stacks now, a very handy feature that keeps your desktop clean by organizing your content in categories automatically.
Finder gets a bunch of neat new features, first of which in a new gallery view, which shows your selected file as a preview in the center and has thumbnails that run in a row just below the preview. The details tab will now show all metadata, and you can also rotate images and even create PDFs from inside the Finder.
The new Finder also allows you to create custom actions and apply them to a folder or file of your choice.
Another handy tool in this update is the option to edit photos, videos, and documents from within Quick Look, with all markup tools being integrated into it.
Screenshots are now more powerful. You can even screenshot videos now and crop or edit them immediately using markup tools. And if that isn’t already great, you can also drag and drop your screenshots seamlessly on to your document, even if its a screenshot video.
Moreover, you can also use your Mac to operate the camera on your iPhone to take pictures or scan a document and add it immediately to your document.
Apple has promised a major update to their security and privacy by including your camera, microphone, mail database and sensitive information like backup cloud data to the already large list of things that protect your device from being tracked.
The new MacOS will add more pop ups to let you control what you information you allow apps to access all across the OS which is really good.
Safari will now stop websites and social networks from accessing anything about your location and your personal data by removing the like buttons that link to your social media.
Not only would this protect your personal information, but it is also a clever way to disguise your Mac, so data companies have a much harder time tracking you.
Apple further added that it will prevent “fingerprinting.” The new update will only provide websites with a simplified system configuration, using only built in-fonts, to make all fingerprint data so similar to each other that it would make it very difficult to identify or track your Mac.
Mac App Store
The Mac App Store has been redesigned and has a new feel. There is a new Discover tab where you can get in-depth reviews and highlights of popular apps. Apps will have videos previews for the first time and it will be indicated if the app is popular or if its an “Editor’s Choice.”
Apple confirmed that Office 365, Lightroom CC, and BBEdit will also come to the App Store, and indicated that several other apps from prominent companies are also under development.
While Apple clearly stated that it is not merging iOS and MacOS, they plan to release their own iOS apps onto the Mac. Apple News and Stocks will now be available on the Mac App Store, along with Voice Memos and Home. All of these apps will be seamlessly synced across all your Apple devices.
Of course, Apple talked about the technologies powering its ecosystem. First up, it mentioned Metal, its hardware acceleration and 3D graphic rendering API. Through this performance enhancing system, developers can build apps, especially games, for iOS and then easily scale those for MacOS.
With the introduction of support for External GPUs, Metal will now enable real-time 3D rendering at a much faster rate than ever seen before on MacBooks.
Apple also revealed an updated suite of machine learning collectively known as Core ML 2. Under this new technology, customized machine learning models can be trained at a much faster rate, thanks to the introduction of “batch prediction.” The modeling results are comparatively 30% faster.
Developer beta is now available for the developers. If you are a consumer and want your hands on the public beta, then feel free to sign up for it now but you won’t be getting it till late June.
The final release will be available for eligible devices later this year.