Apple has revealed the name of its new macOS – it’s Mojave – and with it numerous new features to improve your workflow, organise and access your documents and surf the internet hassle free.
The focus on this update is to help the user find their content faster and get things done and that’s made possible with numerous improvements to the desktop and Finder.
“macOS Mojave is a major update that introduces powerful new features for a wide range of Mac users, from consumers to pros,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering.
“Dark Mode brings a dramatic new look to macOS that puts your content front and centre, familiar iOS apps come to the Mac for the first time and the redesigned Mac App Store makes finding new apps easier and more enjoyable than ever.”
Here are the main new features for the macOS Mojave:
The most prominent new feature is Dark Mode which transforms the desktop with darker hues and puts more focus on your content.
Also onboard Mojave is a Dynamic Desktop where the desktop image of the Mojave desert changes to suit the time of day whether it’s morning, noon or night.
When we save items to our desktop it just creates a massive jumble of files that are hard to navigate.
With Mojave a new feature called Stacks helps arrange these files by type, dates and tags.
Users can also pass their mouse over each stack to scrub through its contents.
FINDER AND DESKTOP
The Finder has added another viewing mode to the existing tile, list and columns views – a gallery view.
Gallery view allows users to scan their documents and files with the associated metadata.
An updated Quick Look feature now puts even more actions at your fingertips with the ability to preview and edit a document without having to open the application.
PRIVACY AND SECURITY
Safari has been enhanced to prevent cookies tracking your searches and likes on social across the web.
The Apple browser can now also prevent fingerprinting which makes it harder for sites to track you via your device configuration, fonts and plug-ins.
The Mac is now inheriting some of the apps from iOS including Voice Memos, Apple News, Stocks and the Home app to control your smart devices.
FaceTime on your Mac will now be enabled to multiple users, as was seen with iOS 12.
Everyone taking part in the conversation can use FaceTime on their Mac or their iPhone or iPad to be part of the group FaceTime call.
NEW MAC APP STORE
The Mac App Store is getting an all-new look and feel to make it easier to discover new apps and find apps to suit your needs.
The new and updated Discover tab will include sections Create, Work, Play and Develop to help users drill down to the app they want.
From next year, developers will also be able to use a new development kit to create apps that will work on both iOS and Mac with very little code changes so they run smoothly on the respective platforms.
Screenshots are new even easier to manage and organise. Users can snap websites and even capture videos with shortcuts on how and where they are stored.
This new feature allows Mac users to take a photo with their iPhone or iPad and have it appear instantly on their Mac.
MacOS Mojave will be available in Spring as a free update.
* Stephen Fenech travelled to San Jose as a guest of Apple