(Pocket-lint) - Apple's latest version of macOS is here. Called macOS Mojave, it's version 10.14 of Apple's Mac operating system.
Every year, Apple names macOS after California-inspired locations. This year, it was inspired by the desert (hence, Mojave).
As part of the new OS, Apple is working on making it easier for developers to port iOS app into macOS versions. And Apple has started to do this with its own apps. As a result, Apple News, Stocks, Voice Memos, and Home have been introduced to macOS Mojave - more on these and other new Mojave features below.
Which Macs will run MacOS Mojave?
The latest updated to the Mac operating system will run on the following Mac laptops and desktop machines:
- MacBook (Early 2015 or newer)
- MacBook Air (Mid 2012 or newer)
- MacBook Pro (Mid 2012 or newer)
- Mac mini (Late 2012 or newer)
- iMac (Late 2012 or newer)
- iMac Pro (2017)
- Mac Pro (Late 2013, mid 2010, and mid 2012 models with a Meta GPU)
What are the main macOS Mojave features?
Mojave features a full, system-wide Dark Mode for Mac. It extends across the Menu bar, built-in apps, and the Mac App Store. Third-party apps can seem a little jarring when using it, but many apps are planning updates to take avantage of this new mode. You don't have to use it, of course, you can stay in the light.
All-new Mac App Store
The Mac App Store has undergone a complete overhaul, complete with a Discovery tab, video previews, new product pages, and a dedicated Rating and Reviews hub, where you can read reviews, write your own reviews, and see responses from developers. In a sense, it's more editorialised like the iOS App Store is these days with plenty of suggested downloads.
With everyone focusing so much on data, Apple has new mobile-style privacy controls in this version of macOS. You'll be able to fine-tune permissions for more apps, like the Camera and Microphone, and in Safari, you will be able to "shut down" cookie tracking for likes and comments.
Apple is bringing the Home app to MacOS. It works just like the iOS app, only it's on the Mac. And, yes, that means once you got the Home app on your Mac all set up, you can ask Siri to turn on your house's smart lights, or lock the doors and so on.
The News and Stocks apps are also coming to Mac. Like the new iOS 12 iPad version, the News app has a sidebar so you can catch up with your favourite sources.
Voice Memos app
Lastly, in terms of new apps, Apple is bringing Voice Memos to Mac in Mojave. Again, it's just like Voice Memos on iPhone and iPad, but on Mac. You can drag your voice memo files directly into apps like Garage Band. Plus, it's getting iCloud syncing so it'll work well across all your devices.
Mojave has a new Stacks mode, which stacks your desktop icons automatically into stacks by kind, date, or tab. You can click on the stack to see whats in it, or double-click on an icon to open it, or drag an item to your desktop to plop it into a stack.
New Finder features
Finder has received a few new tools, including a new Gallery View that has a big preview up top and thumbnails across the bottom, as well as new Quick Actions that let you rotate, markup, or access more files with more context. So, for instance, you can create a new PDF by grabbing multiple single files and images. And when you Quick Look at the PDF, you can access markup tools without having to open it in Preview.
New screenshot features
With Mojave, you can double-click on a screenshot to automatically enter into Markup. Apple will also add screen capture for video, so you can take a screenshot of a video. You'll also be able to drag screenshots and videos into a new document. Again, this is more like how screenshots now work on iOS.
Continuity Camera is a way to quickly drop photos from your iPhone to your Mac. So, on your Mac, you’ll be able to right click in an app and open your iPhone’s camera with that menu. Then, you can snap a photo with your phone and that image will be dropped in the app you have open on Mac. It's pretty clever.