Apple presented MacOS 10.14 Mojave during WWDC 2018. The first confirmation concerns the introduction of the Dark Mode, already seen in the rumors in recent weeks. The dark theme will be applied to each element of the interface and to all system applications.
With Mojave, the macOS desktop becomes much neater thanks to Desktop Stacks, which automatically group all the contents of the same category, in order to avoid the overcrowding of icons and files. Each new element that will be added to the desktop will automatically be added to the corresponding stack.
The Finder, on the other hand, is enhanced with a new Gallery View mode that allows you to quickly preview images, videos, and documents. Also, present information on metadata and shortcuts that adapt to the context, for example, allows you to rotate an image directly from the finder.
macOS Mojave updates the system dedicated to the management of screenshots, inheriting some of the typical features of iOS. There are also new video recording capabilities, and a streamlined workflow to share a screenshot without saving it on the desktop.
Continuity also expands to the photographic field with Continuity Camera. This will allow you to use iPhone and iPad as webcams or scanners, requiring the activation of the camera directly from macOS. The operating system is also enriched by numerous applications on iOS, such as Borsa, News, Voice Recorder and Home.
These applications represent the first porting of iOS apps on macOS. Apple has indeed confirmed to be working to extend this possibility to everyone, but it is a project that will be available to third-party developers of course only in 2019.
Particular attention has also been paid to the user’s security and privacy. In Mojave will be integrated new levels of protection dedicated to some key aspects of the hardware, such as microphone and camera, but also software such as File System, mail, message history, Safari data, Time Machine backup, backup of iTunes devices and so on.
macOS Mojave introduces several precautions that will allow the user to improve his privacy on the web, mainly during the use of Safari. The same security criteria will also be applied to iOS 12. Among these, we point out the automatic blocking of the ability to track the Like or Share buttons made by social networks. Safari will also be able to offer ever more complete passwords and provide a very limited amount of information to websites.
Mac App Store is getting ready to receive its biggest update. The interface and the functions of the store recall that of the App Store of iOS: we find the subdivision in the tab, editorial content and the system reviews and evaluations by the user. The new design takes care of highlighting new and updated apps in the Discover tab, while the Create, Work, Play and Develop tabs help users find apps for a specific purpose or project. Numerous apps from leading developers will soon be available on the Mac App Store, including Microsoft Office 365 and Adobe Lightroom CC.
Much other news will be unveiled over the next few weeks. Meanwhile, we highlight that MacOS 10.14 Mojave introduces the APFS File System also on Macs with Fusion Drive and brings with it important innovations related to Machine Learning.
macOS 10.14 will be released in September, while the developer beta will start today.