New macOS ‘Mojave’ Brings iOS Apps to Desktop
What to expect with Mojave
Just a few moments after Apple debuted iOS 12, the company introduced the new macOS operating system “Mojave”. The new OS will offer a Dark Mode for late-night users and a new Stacks feature will organize messy desktops without any extra work required by the users. A few of your favorite iOS apps are also coming to the platform, making it easier to switch between mobile and desktop devices.
If you use iOS apps like Apple News, Stocks, Voice Memos or Home, you’ll soon find them available on the Mac. FaceTime is also adding support for group calling and the Mac App Store will get a full redesign. The new Dark Mode will allow users to toggle between a light and dark desktop, and built-in Mac apps like Mail, Messages, Maps, Calendar and Photos all include Dark Mode designs when Mojave launches. Apple also stated that macOS Mojave will also feature a new Dynamic Desktop that automatically changes the desktop picture to match the time of day. An API is available so developers can implement Dark Mode in their apps.
As for Stacks, macOS will automatically start stacking files into groups based on file type. Users can customize their Stacks to sort based on other file attributes like date and tags if they like. Finder also gets a update in macOS Mojave with an all-new Gallery View that lets users skim through files visually. The Preview Pane will also start showing a file’s metadata, all of it, making it easier to manage media assets as you edit content. New Quick Actions will let users create and password-protect PDFs and run custom Automator Actions on files right from Finder.
For regular users, having News, Stocks, Voice Memos and Home apps on their laptops should add a new level of convenience. In the News app (you can also read the Slanted on the News App all of the articles, photos and videos will scale to your larger screen. With Home, Mac users can control their HomeKit-enabled accessories to do things like turn lights off and on or adjust thermostat settings without ever having to step away from their computer. Voice Memos makes it easy to record personal notes, lectures, meetings, interviews and song ideas, and access them from iPhone, iPad or Mac. Stocks delivers curated market news alongside a personalized watchlist, complete with quotes and interactive charts.
Apple introduced Group FaceTime with iOS 12 today, and the app make it possible to chat with multiple people at once on iPhones, tablets, laptops, and desktops as well. With the macOS Mojave update , the entire Mac App Store will get a redesign. The new design will highlight new and updated apps in the Discover tab, while tabs for Create, Work, Play and Develop help users find apps for a specific project or purpose. A number of apps from top developers are also coming soon to the Mac App Store, including Office from Microsoft, Lightroom CC from Adobe and more.
Apple is also enhancing privacy and security. Just like in the mobile version, Safari will offer enhanced Intelligent Tracking Prevention to help block social media “Like” or “Share” buttons and comment widgets from tracking users without permission. Safari now also presents simplified system information when users browse the web, preventing them from being tracked based on their system configuration. Safari now also automatically creates, autofills and stores strong passwords when users create new online accounts and flags reused passwords so users can change them. New data protections require apps to get user permission before using the Mac camera and microphone or accessing personal data like user Mail history and Messages database.
The developer preview of macOS Mojave is available to Apple Developer Program members at developer.apple.com starting today, and a public beta program will be available to Mac users in late June at beta.apple.com. macOS Mojave will be available this fall as a free software update for Macs introduced in mid-2012 or later, plus 2010 and 2012 Mac Pro models with recommended Metal-capable graphics cards. Some features may not be available in all regions or languages.