Apple today took the wraps off macOS 10.14: Mojave. The new macOS update brings a lot of new useful features to the OS, adding core features that will improve the general desktop experience. Apple also gave developers a peek at the OS’ feature — the company is combining the iOS app platform with Mac’s app platform. By adapting apps built with iOS’ UIKit to work well on the Mac. It will be available for developers in 2019, but some of the new apps on macOS Mojave are iOS apps running on the Mac — including the new News, Stocks, Home, and Voice Memos apps.
And here’s everything coming with macOS Mojave later this year.
- macOS is getting A new system-wide dark theme: for Finder, Calendar, Music, iMessage, Photos, and even Xcode.
- Dynamic Desktop: Automatically changes your desktop background depending on the time of the day
- Desktop Stacks: Helps to prevent clutter on your desktop, by automatically organizing files into stacks such as documents, presentations, images, etc.
- A new gallery view that makes it easier to preview images, videos, PDFs, presentations, spreadsheets, etc.
- A new sidebar on Finder that gives you details about images and other files, kind of like the sidebar in Windows 10’s File Explorer. It includes quick actions such as the ability to rotate images, create PDFs out of images, trigger custom Automator actions, and more.
- Quick Look now lets you markup documents, or trim videos, right from Quick Look.
- Screen capture: macOS now includes an improved screenshotting feature that lets users markup screenshots, and edit them directly. Mojave also introduces a built-in screen record feature.
- Continuity Camera: You can now use your iPhone’s camera to take pictures, scan documents, videos, and directly import them to your Mac and use them on things like presentations, documents, etc.
- Apple News is coming to the Mac because of course it is.
- Apple Stocks is also coming to the Mac with the new News integration as introduced in iOS 12.
- And lastly, Voice Memos is coming to the Mac, with iCloud syncing that can be synced across your Apple devices.
- Home is coming to the Mac, so you can monitor your video cameras, or control your other smart home devices from your Mac.
- Apps on macOS will now ask for permission for a greater range of data and controls before allowing apps to access them.
- Safari will now let you choose if you want to give third-party sites to access your cookies and other data — for example, when using the Facebook comment plug-in on sites, Safari will ask you for permission before giving Facebook access to your personal data.
- Apple is making it difficult for third-parties to track your device on Safari by generating unique IDs for your device
Apple is giving the App Store a new look, with a new Discover section where users can discover new apps, and other apps categorized by Create, Work, Play, and Develop. Product pages are being redesigned with video previews, apps ranks, Editor’s Choice, ratings and reviews, as well as a new rating API for Mac apps. In other news, Microsoft is bringing Office 365 apps and Adobe is bringing Creative Cloud to the Mac App Store.
Like iOS 12, the developer beta for macOS Mojave will be available later today.