The next version of macOS will be called Mojave and will come with a bunch of new features including a dark mode, more organizational options, and desktop versions of several iOS apps. Apple CEO Tim Cook said Mojave’s new features are “Inspired by Pro users, but designed for Everyone.”
Finally, the Mac. First off, the name. With Apple having followed a California location naming theme since 10.9 Mavericks, the company’s gone from the mountains to the desert: macOS 10.14 has been called Mojave.
The flagship consumer feature is the all new dark mode. It makes the MacOS UI look dark. It even changes the default desktop background from a daytime shot of the desert to a night-time one.
Here are some of MacOS Mojave’s features:
Does this add any real functionality?
Does it look great?
Yes. And that’s all dark mode has ever been about.
iOS apps coming to MacOS
The New, Interesting and Creative approach Apple has taken is called Desktop Stacks.
Security and Access pop-ups
Apple is adding even more pop-ups to let you control what apps have access to your information and hardware. These are all pretty familiar to iOS users, but they’re not as common on the desktop. So now you’ll get asked if an app should have access to your location, photos, contacts, microphone, and so on all across the OS, which is a big deal.
Prioritized Safari Privacy
Last year, Apple started blocking websites from tracking you in Safari. This year, it’s adding the ability to block social networks like Facebook from tracking you across the web using “like” buttons. It’s also trying to disguise your Mac in other ways so that companies have a harder time tracking you.
There’s now a new view in finder called “gallery view” that lets you scroll through small previews of your files, while having the selected file appear larger at the top. It looks like a smarter take on Cover Flow, which was always flashier than it was useful.
Apple is also adding ways to view metadata inside a finder window and quick actions you can perform on files, like rotating a photo or assembling multiple files into a PDF.
Screenshots and Markup Tools
You’ll be able to mark up documents and make small changes inside of Quick Look, which should make the feature an even quicker way to deal with your files. Taking a screenshot will also automatically present you with a button to mark them up.
Screenshots have been improved too. When taking a screenshot using the mouse drag and select option you will be prompted with a small preview on the bottom right corner (Almost like on iOS but rather than on the left, in MacOS its on the right) and if the preview is double clicked a window pops up for accelerated workflow like editing the image flipping it left or right, etc. Also the image is added to markup if the option is chosen.
These are the changes brought in the new MacOS Mojave.
MacOS Mojave was announced on 4th of June 2018 at WWDC, Apple’s annual developer conference. A public beta will likely start this summer, with a final release coming in the fall.