We’re still rolling around in all the WWDC 2018 news. Check out our full highlights recap here and below we’ll break down all the fun updates coming to your Mac in the form of MacOS Mojave.
MacOS Mojave: Dark Mode
I love this update. Even though MacOS High Sierra allowed users to darken their Mac’s menu bar and Dock, it still left a lot of bright elements on the screen. Mojave will let users turn the entire desktop dark. This includes the wallpaper as well as the apps running on top of it. Rejoice at a crisp and cool-looking desktop coming soon. Apple apps will have Dark Mode built in with API availability for developers to do the same.
MacOS Mojave: Stacks
It’s all too often you pass by a colleague’s desktop and stare at horror at their cluttered desktop. Mojave is here to solve cluttered desktops by cleaning up and organising all your dispersed files. Stack will take all your files spread out on your desktop and stack them up, organising according to file type, date and tags among other options. It’s similar to the file clean-up system in Finder. Each stack expands so you can view the files within, similar to the default Downloads bar in your dock.
MacOS Mojave: A new view option for Finder
Finder has had four standard view options for the longest time: Icons, List, Column and Cover Flow. A brand-new Gallery view option comes with the Mojave update. Anyone who has ever had to go through hundreds of photos may be slightly frustrated with Cover Flow and wish for a better option will be very pleased with the Gallery view. The preview pane will show you the file’s metadata along with offering customisable quick actions that allow you to rotate the photo, create a PDF or add a watermark. An extremely useful suite of features for photographers, designers and editors.
MacOS Mojave: Doubling down on privacy
Mojave will bring a variety of features to Safari making it very difficult for sites such as Facebook to target users with ads using browsing information they may not wish to be revealed. Apple made a very direct reference to Facebook’s recent privacy debacle at the WWDC and highlighted its latest privacy-centric features in Safari.
Safari will block all tracking site features unless a user gives their explicit permission. It will also only give sites a “simplified system configuration” to help prevent them from being able to identify and fingerprint devices for advertisements.
User’s data security is built into Mojave as it will require apps to ask for permission to use the Mac’s camera and microphone, like it already does for location, contacts and photos. Mojave also extends permissions to a user’s mail database, message history, Safari data, Time Machine backups, iTunes device backups, Locations and Routines and system cookies.
MacOS Mojave: Various functional tools
Mojave adds Markup tools to Finder, Quick Look and screenshots. Users will be easily be able to sign a PDF, annotate a photo or a screenshot. Also expect a new screenshot tool. Users also get an immediate thumbnail preview for quick annotations and sharing options. You’ll also be able to easily record your screen without having to go through QuickTime’s screen record.
MacOS Mojave: Continuity Camera
Apple is expanding on its Continuity features allowing an iPhone and Mac to seamlessly work in tandem. With Continuity Camera, Mojave lets users snap a picture on their iPhone or scan a document and have it added directly to a file on their Mac. It works vice versa as well. It could be a useful alternative to AirDrop for users who don’t have the best experience with it.
MacOS Mojave: Extras
Safari gets favicons. Hard to believe I typed that sentence in 2018, but it’s true. Safari finally will get favicons; those little icons you see on the tab that identify what website users are on. Heavy Chrome users will know exactly how frustrating it can be without those little colourful identifiers. Will it make you switch to Safari from Chrome though?
MacOS and iOS becoming more of a single ecosystem is a topic of discussion that’s been going around for a while. ChromeOS obviously started this conversation. Apple has been adamant it would never have a single OS for iPhones and Mac but there may be more of a marriage between the two. At WWDC we learned that Apple is embarking on a multiyear project to make it easier to port apps from the iPhone to the Mac. As proof of concept, Apple brought iOS stalwarts News, Stocks, Voice Memos and Home to MacOS Mojave.
Group FaceTime comes to Mojave allowing users to initiate group chats of up to 32 people.
MacOS Mojave: Expected release
As usual, expect the beta to be available soon for you to play around with and the full update to roll out some time in autumn, around September.