After the successful launch of iOS 12 last week, it is now up to the Mac to receive its annual software update in the form of macOS Mojave. Versi 10.14 of macOS ctains many new features to make your life the desktop easier.
New features include things like the lg-awaited dark mode, ideal for working in dimly lit envirments, stacks, a feature that lets you quickly clean up your desktop. Mojave also includes a sophisticated screenshot interface and apps that were previously exclusive to iOS such as Home, Voice Memos, Stocks and Apple News.
Needless to say that macOS Mojave is an important new update for Mac users. our hands- video walkthrough inside for a complete look at what's new.
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Dark Mode is the flagship functi of this year's macOS update as it brings a lg-awaited native dark interface to the Mac. The advantages of Dark mode go beyd pure aesthetics, because the darker interface is easier for the eyes when working in dimly lit envirments. Not ly do many first-party apps – Finder, Safari, Calendar, Messages, etc. – have support for Dark Mode, but third-party apps can also provide support.
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In additi to the new Dark Mode capabilities of the new macOS, Dynamic Desktop is a time-shifting functi that changes the appearance of your desktop background based the time at your locati.
Six new accent colors
Users have lg been able to switch between blue and graphite accent colors in macOS, but in Mojave you can now choose from six additial colors. This setting affects the color of UI accents such as opti butts, drop-down menu arrows, and so .
To change the accent color, go to System Preferences → General and select the desired color. Optis include the original blue and graphite colors alg with new red, orange, yellow, green, purple or pink colors.
I have always had trouble maintaining a tidy desktop. No matter how much I try, it becomes inevitably a disorganized mess with the passing of time. Stacks is a new feature in macOS aimed at people like me. It is designed purely for desktop organizati, so you can quickly group multiple desktop items by type, date or tags.
With piles you can go from a cluttered desktop to a well-organized desktop with a few clicks. You can then browse through stacks to quickly find a specific item or quickly expand a stack by simply clicking it. And if you've turned Stacks , every new item you add to your desktop will automatically be added to the correct Stack to keep everything tidy and tidy.
The Finder receives three eye-catching new updates in macOS Mojave, starting with a brand new gallery view that allows you to preview large files for easy identificati. Think Quick Look, but much more visually appealing and useful.
Another new Finder upgrade is Quick Actis. These shortcuts match their name by allowing users to take acti quickly files directly from the Finder interface. With Quick Actis, users can perform operatis with e click to create PDFs, crop video & # 39; s, or rotate images. And with Quick Actis you can simultaneously perform operatis multiple selected files.
The last major Finder upgrade has to do with how much metadata is presented directly from the Finder interface. When viewing files, you can now view all associated metadata or customize the specific metadata you want to see.
Improvements for fast viewing
With Quick Overview, you can now perform actis the file without fully opening the file in a supported app. Quick Look actis include the ability to highlight, crop and rotate images and PDFs, to trim audio and video files, and to share files via AirDrop, Mail, etc.
The Screenshot program in macOS has always ge far beyd the offer of competing desktop platforms, but with MacOS Mojave, Apple wants to make it easier to take and manage screenshots.
A brand-new tool for the screenshot, accessible via the Utility folder & # 39; s or via a shortcut (Shift + Command + 5), provides an -screen user interface for creating screenshots. If you are familiar with the old Grab tool that existed before Mac OS X, you get an idea of what to expect. The Screenshot utility is similar to Grab, but csiderably more sophisticated and powerful.
After you take a screenshot, you'll notice that a thumbnail of the screen shot appears in the lower-right corner of the screen. With the thumbnail of the screenshot you can open it and mark it and / or drag it to a specific destinati without ever having to save a copy. If no acti is taken the screenshot, it is automatically saved to the default destinati.
In additi to capturing screenshots, users can use the new tool to capture the screen. The screen capture feature will no lger replace advanced apps such as ScreenFlow 8, but it is a useful tool to use for occasial screen capture needs.
Ctinuity Camera takes away part of the inefficiency when taking photos with your iPhe or iPad for use your Mac. Instead of starting the iPhe camera app, taking a photo and sharing it manually with your Mac, you can use Ctinuity Camera to call up the camera app from your iPhe directly from the macOS desktop. ce you take a photo using Ctinuity Camera, the resulting image is automatically saved to your Mac.
Apple has added four new, previously iOS-exclusive apps to the Mac with macOS Mojave, starting with the News app. Each of these apps is built with a new toolset that enables developers to target both the iOS and the macOS platform.
The presence of the News app in macOS provides users with a reliable, composite source for all the latest news. And because it syncs with the iOS versi, you can pick up the device where you left off any device cnected to iCloud.
Like the new and improved Stocks app iOS 12, Stocks macOS includes both ticker informati and relevant news from Apple News.
By far the most useful new app is the Home app, which allows users to ctrol HomeKit devices directly from their Mac. Earlier, there was no native method for operating HomeKit from the Mac, which meant that you could not use Siri Mac to ctrol your smart devices.
The latest app from iOS is Voice Memos, whose iPhe and iPad versis also received large iOS 12 updates. In particular, all your voice memos are now synced thanks to iCloud support so that the memos that you record your iPhe or iPad can be played your Mac and vice versa.
iPad users have enjoyed the recent app functiality in the iOS dock since the release of iOS 11, and now Mac users get part of the recent app acti in MacOS Mojave. Of course, you can easily switch the recent app functiality by going to System Preferences → Dock and checking it or unchecking it Show recent applicatis in Dock.
Redesign of the Mac App Store
macOS Mojave ctains the biggest redesign we've ever seen for the Mac App Store. It is a radical deviati from the way the app was displayed and functied and, like the iOS App Store, everything revolves around presenting apps. Whether it's larger photos, video previews or editorial ctent, it is clear that Apple wants the app's framework to stand in the background for the actual ctent being offered.
Privacy and security
e of the characteristic features of Tim Cook's Apple is the focus user privacy. Following iOS, macOS Mojave runs improved user privacy checks to request approval before apps can access your camera or microphe. Similarly, apps that want access to Messages hi or the Mail database also need the user's permissi.
But the safety improvements do not stay there in MacOS Mojave. There is now improved tracking security that prevents users from creating fingerprints that advertisers create to track you. There is also intelligent tracking preventi for tracking embedded ctent such as social media butts, sharing butts, and ctent butts to track you without your prior csent.
Automatic strg passwords, a feature found in iOS 12, also appear the Mac. This security-oriented improvement simplifies the process for creating, saving and automatically filling in strg passwords. In additi, Mojave notifies you when passwords are found that have been re-used for multiple sign-ups, so you can make them safer.
Website Favics in Safari
Safari Mac lacked Favic support for tabs for years. It may seem crazy, but this was e of the main reass why I was tempted to switch to Google Chrome. Favics in tabs can help you better identify tabs at a glance, and for whatever reas, Safari was missing until now.
To enable Favics in tabs, you must go to Safari Preferences → Tabs → Show website ics in tabs.
Add Emoji in the Mail app
You can easily call the Emoji picker in macOS by pressing Ctrol + Command + Space, but macOS Mojave provides a cvenient emoji shortcut in the Mail app interface.
Improved Siri requests
In macOS Mojave, Siri gets more powerful features, such as being able to ctrol HomeKit devices and finding stored passwords.
macOS Mojave ctains several new desert-inspired backgrounds, some of which are Dynamic Desktop backgrounds that change according to the time of day.
Updating macOS is no lger performed through the Mac App Store in macOS Mojave. Instead, there is a brand new special Software Updates panel in System Preferences to make system updates easier.
The dark mode gets a lot of attenti, and rightly so, but there are many other features in the macOS update this year that will make life easier for Mac users.
As somee who often searches for specific files a messy desktop, the new Stacks feature is a new welcome. Other minor improvements, such as Favic support in tabs and Quick Look improvements, further emphasize Mojave's usefulness.
For an even deeper look at the new features in macOS 10.14, make sure that our previous video included more than 50 new Mojave changes for macOS.
What is your favorite new feature in macOS 10.14 Mojave? Leave your thoughts and opinis below in the comments.
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