MacOS MOJAVE Beta for Devs
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Macos MOJAVE new features coming to the next version of macOS. In particular, Apple appears to have focused on enhancing the Finder and Quick Look. But other new features are welcome, in particular Dark Mode, which we will look at first.
the new Dark Mode in Mojave is what everyone had been calling for. The Dock’s translucent background becomes darker.As shown in the below image the menu bar’s drop-down menus are darker (although still translucent).Not all third-party apps offer support for the dark menu bar.
The Dark Mode in Mojave, shown below in the Calendar app, will be applied to all elements of the interface, in every app, system-wide. Users can choose whether to turn it on.
The new darker interface had been leaked prior to the keynote, thanks to some images that appeared on Apple’s developer site.
One change that will help Mac users keep their desktop clutter-free is Desktop Stacks.
If you tend to save everything to your Desktop (as above, surely we all do that) you probably have a desktop covered in files, images and folders. Is there even room for another document? Apple is seeking to help us keep our Desktop more organised, without having to resort to a Stuff file.
With regards to your Desktop, Apple also showcased a feature called Dynamic Desktop, that means the backdrop to your screen will change throughout the day to an scene that’s most appropriate (an evening screen in the evening for example).
Finder, Quick Look & Markup
The Finder, Apple’s default file manager, is also getting a few updates in Mojave.
Apple is adding a new view in the Finder. Gallery view will show users a preview of an image along with details such as metadata that can be seen in a sidebar.
Currently you can see Finder items as icons, in a list, in columns or as Cover Flow. The new Gallery view looks like a reworking of the Cover Flow view.
The great news is that this new Finder view will give you more than just a preview of the picture, document, or whatever it is you are trying to fine. Apple has refined the Markup tools currently available in Preview and added then to QuickLook.
As a result, you could preview (or Quick Look at) a PDF, and using the Markup tools add your signature without even opening up the Preview app.
Similarly you will have lots of tools at your disposal when looking at images. During the WWDC keynote Apple demonstrated these quick actions that you can use on the current photo – for example, rotating or cropping an image from inside the finder.
You will even be able to trim video from within QuickLook.
Another change coming in Mojave is going to transform screenshots.
Taking a screenshot will be more reminiscent of taking a screen shot on an iOS device, with a small thumbnail appearing to the right of the screen when you take a screen shot, and easy access to the tools to edit that shot (crop, etc) from within the preview.
Apple will also be adding a tool for screen capturing video. Currently this is available via the QuickTime app, so we imagine it is going to simplify the process.
APFS on Fusion Drives
High Sierra bought with it a new file system – APFS. APFS made duplicating a file and find the size of a folder instantaneous, offered built-in encryption, and saved space. However, it still doesn’t work with Fusion Drives.
Apple usually makes some changes to existing apps, and sometimes adds entirely new apps when it updates its operating system. And this year is no different.
The News app is also coming to the Mac.
News will have all the stores you can currently read on your iOS device, including Top Stories, Trending Stories, sections that are personalised for you. A sidebar will allow users to jump straight in to the channels that they follow.
Apple seems to be doing its utmost to take on Google in terms of the delivery of news.
The leaked Dark Mode screenshots mentioned above also showed a News app icon in the Dock so the news that Apple was bring News to the Mac wasn’t a surprise.
A popular app on the iPhone, voice memos is coming to the Mac.
The real benefit here isn’t so much that you will be able to record on your Mac, but rather that a recording taken on your phone will be immediately available to listen to (and edit) on your Mac.
The Home app is also coming to the Mac.
Users will be able to monitor their gadgets, including video cameras, thermostats, and the like, as well control the devices using the Siri voice assistant.
Safari had some pretty big updates in terms of privacy, the removal of troublesome ads, and autoplaying videos, in 2017. In 2018, Safari is set to become even more challenging for advertisers as Apple makes it even easier to turn off cookies.
Speaking about Cookies tracking you between websites, Apple said it will be “Shutting that down.”
How? The company will make your Mac look “more like everyone else Mac.”
Mac App Store
The Mac App Store will also be getting a makeover.
According to Apple it’s been “Redesigned from the ground up.”
There is a new UI, videos showcasing the apps will auto play so potential buyers can see what an app is capable of doing before they download it.
Users will even be able to view tutorials in Mac App Store.
iOS and the Mac
Apple is introducing some new ways in which we can utilise our iOS device when working on the Mac. It also gave developers a preview of some exciting changes that will make porting iOS apps to the Mac even easier.
Mac users will be able to “Take advantage of having an iPhone as a content capture device,” according to Craig Federighi.
Mac users will be able to choose their iPhone as a method of capturing content when they are working on their Mac. In the scenario shown in the keynote, if you wanted to add an image to a document you could choose the iPhone as a capture device, at which point the iPhone camera would light up automatically, and you could take a snap.
The iPhone could be utilised similarly if you needed to scan a document.
The photograph or scan goes immediately to the document on the Mac.
High Sierra was the last macOS release to support 32-bit apps. Apple announced back in the summer of 2017 that applications in 10.14 would be 64-bit only.
Strangely enough the company didn’t even mention this in the keynote, but then Apple has been hammering the point home for some time.
The move will force app developers to switch to 64-bit – which is good news if it means developers can deliver better software and making use of more than 4GB of RAM.
In preparation for this move, Apple started showing a warning in High Sierra 10.13 which indicates that an App is not optimized for your Mac if it is 32-bit, read more about what the warning means here.
We’d like to see some changes to the way Time Machine works in macOS 10.14. Users have been calling for a way for Time Machine backups to be stored in the cloud. After all, our iPhones are backed up to iCloud so why can’t our Macs be?
You may already have your Mac set up to store the contents of your Desktop and Documents folders in iCloud, the Time Machine backup could be the next step in moving our data to a location where we can download it all from should our Macs be stolen or stop working.
We will mention APFS in more detail below, but in terms of Time Machine, APFS could bring some changes. Currently, Time Machine uses the older HFS+ file system.
This is because Time Machine currently relies on directories, and creates hard links to them. APFS doesn’t support hard links to directories, it creates symbolic links (or aliases) instead.
So Time Machine has to use HFS+ to work right now, but in the next version of macOS, Apple could update Time Machine to use APFS snapshots for file linking, rather than hard links.
MacOS Mojave System requirements
Prior to the announcement we knew that the next version of macOS won’t support 32-bit apps so we predicted that would mean that a few Macs wouldn’t be supported either.
Another clue as to which Macs might not be supported was Metal. We expected that Macs that don’t have Metal support would get dropped after High Sierra.
We were correct in our predictions, only the following Macs support Mojave:
- iMac models from 2012 or later
- iMac Pro (from 2017)
- MacBook models from 2015 or later
- MacBook Pro models from 2012 or later
- MacBook Air models from 2012 or later
- Mac mini models from 2012 or later
- Mac Pro models from late 2013 (plus mid 2010 and mid 2012 models with recommend Metal-capable GPU)