Here’s Everything Coming With macOS Mojave

Posted on June 4, 2018 by Mehedi Hassan in Apple with 23 Comments

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.

Desktop

  • 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.

 Finder

  • 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.

Utility

  • 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.

 Apps

  • 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.

Privacy

  • 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

App Store

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.

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23 responses to “Here’s Everything Coming With macOS Mojave”

  1. MikeGalos

    Are we merging iOS and macOS? NO! Of course not.


    Now, let me tell you about our new multiyear project to merge iOS and macOS available in beta next year...

    • skane2600

      In reply to MikeGalos:

      We'll see what that really means when and if it's actually implemented in non-beta form. Being able to run iOS apps on the MacOS isn't equivalent to the two OS's "merging". The same question about the business case for Android apps on Chromebooks applies here as well: Will such a capability lead to more sales of either iPhones or Macs?

    • Jeffsters

      In reply to MikeGalos:

      Oh Mike... how I have missed you and your ill-informed posts.

    • Stooks

      In reply to MikeGalos:

      You are clueless. They are just making their already great ecosystem, just that much better.


      Seriously take the best of iOS and MacOS and make them cross compatible where it makes sense. Like the News apps just as an example.


      This is not different from Microsoft or others. The HUGE difference is that Microsoft does not have a mobile platform so they do it on others mobile platforms. Edge on iOS and Android with syncing of stuff all around.

      • curtisspendlove

        In reply to Stooks:

        This is not different from Microsoft or others.


        It is actually very similar to some of the stuff MS unveiled in the Windows app tooling. Different build targets that take different parts of the code and build to multiple targets.


        I’m assuming this will basically be a bridge that adds a Mac translation layer for UIKit. It won’t do everything perfectly Mac-like, but it gets you most of the way there for most apps.


        From what I see this isn’t some emulated “run iOS apps directly on Mac” kind of thing.

    • jimchamplin

      In reply to MikeGalos:

      Bringing UIKit to the desktop is not “merging” anything. It’s simply taking advantage of a core capability of the codebase’s heritage. The APIs and frameworks that make macOS and iOS What they are portable to any underlying OS. NeXTSTEP and later OPENSTEP ran on a much more customized Mach-based system with some 4.3BSD tools. Mac OS X made the switch to Mach with a full FreeBSD world. In the intermediate, OpenStep the API ran on NT in the late 90s.


      Since they aren’t even changing the userland, porting UIKit is pretty simple. Just allow it to process user input from the methods available (mouse cursor vs multitouch events) and interface with the window manager and system services.


      As Jobs was fond of saying, “Boom.”

    • PincasX

      In reply to MikeGalos:

      Well, we know who didn't watch the keynote.

  2. straker135

    Are they upgrading the system icons? Particularly the PC icons which still feature an old beige box PC with BSOD. We get it Apple users, you're special and PC people are retards but please get over yourselves, it aint 2005 anymore. Geez.

  3. Lewk

    Wait, wasn't the Mojave Experiment the thing Microsoft did to prove to people that Windows Vista was actually good and not bad?

    • jimchamplin

      In reply to Lewk:

      I wish they'd released ISOs that would install with regular Vista keys so that us nerds could have had "Windows Codename: Mojave."


      Oh wait! They kinda did that, only they charged full price for a service pack and called it Windows 7. Douche move.

  4. Edward Grego

    Pretty good list of goodies here, I'm looking forward to these updates.

  5. rameshthanikodi

    I really hope Microsoft rips off some of those privacy features in Safari, but then again, I suspect Edge already does it, it's just that we don't know it.


    P.S lol @ finder implementing the filmstrip view from Windows XP, which they already had as Cover Flow in prior versions of Mac. I guess they'll keep changing it until they realize no one wants that view.

  6. warren

    When the headline feature of macOS 10.14 is something that Windows 10 has already had for two years, you know the mid-2000s Apple era of "Redmond, start your photocopiers!" has passed us by.


    Also not mentioned in this summary is the announcement that macOS 10.14 will not be available for any Mac older than mid-2012, with the exception of the mid-2010 Mac Pro. Ouch.


  7. harmjr

    I just hate this black theme world we are now living in. I loved apples polished metal themes. Wish Windows would have them.

  8. wh

    IOS apps use touch. Didn't see the keynote, but from the report it seems they forgot to mention something obvious. Although I guess they would need to wait since it is not supported on current laptops.

  9. Dan1986ist

    So, Apple switched to using deserts as codenames. Guess they ran out of mountain names or something along those lines.

  10. AlexKven

    MacOS Mojave looks a lot better than High Sierra, but I'm just waiting until they reveal that it IS High Sierra...

  11. TEAMSWITCHER

    I'm really excited by the new macOS Mojave - Dark Mode For The Win!! I switched to the Mac long before it was the cool thing to do (MacOS 10.3 Panther). That crazy decision I made in 2003 to buy my first PowerBook has paid off immensely. The best thing that Apple ever did for the Mac was to make other consumer electronic devices like iPods, iPhones, and iPads. Today, I simply cannot live without a Mac - all of my web and mobile development is now done on a Mac. I understand this is a Microsoft/Windows site .. but you simply cannot deny that macOS has not only endured over the years .. but has thrived.


    Don't think of Apple as a competitor ... but as an old rivalry to Microsoft. The Mac vs. PC war has ended and it was the Internet that won.


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