Apple’s macOS Mojave update will arrive tomorrow
Apple announced its new macOS Mojave upgrade back in June at its WWDC Developers Conference and this blockbuster update will be pushed out to Macs across the world tomorrow.
There’s a swathe of new additions and features in this new operating system including a stunning Dark Mode, Dynamic Desktop and the ability to instantly clean up your desktop with Stacks.
macOS Mojave also improves the Mac’s security and there’s now access to more Apple apps such as News, Stocks and Voice Memos.
So, if you own an iMac or MacBook, here’s all you need to know about macOS Mojave.
WHEN WILL MACOS MOJAVE BE AVAILABLE?
Apple confirmed earlier this month that macOS Mojave will be available from September 24.
There’s no word when this update will actually go live but Apple usually begins rolling things out later in the day so expect some news around 6pm.
WILL MY MAC BE COMPATIBLE AND HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Apple says that macOS Mojave will be available tomorrow as a free upgrade.
The following Mac models are compatible with macOS Mojave:
MacBook (Early 2015 or later) • MacBook Air (Mid 2012 or later) • MacBook Pro (Mid 2012 or later) • Mac mini (Late 2012 or later) • iMac (Late 2012 or later) • iMac Pro (2017) • Mac Pro (Late 2013, plus mid-2010 and mid-2012 models with recommended Metal-capable graphics card)
HOW DO I DOWNLOAD MACOS MOJAVE?
If Apple follows its usual upgrade plan you should find the Mojave update on the Mac Store.
You can access the store via the App Store app which you should find in the applications folder.
WHAT’S NEW IN MOJAVE?
There’s a huge swathe of changes in macOS Mojave and here’s the pick of the bunch,
NEW DYNAMIC DESKTOP
A fun little feature of macOS Mojave is the clever new Dynamic Desktop.
This interactive feature changes the desktop graphic to reflect what time of the day it is.
macOS Mojave update
New apps are now available on your desktop
EXTRA APPLE APPS COME TO THE MAC
Apple announced during its WWDC keynote that it will let iPhone app developers bring their creations to the Mac.
This radical update will begin in 2019 but the US technology firm is giving Mac fans a taste of how this will work in the macOS Mojave upgrade.
The new OS will include iPhone apps such as News, Stocks, Voice Memos and Home right on the desktop for the first time.
Not only do these applications get a big screen makeover but they also link to iCloud allowing you to record a message in Voice Memos on your iPhone and see it instantly appear on your Mac.
Apple’s new Dark Mode is set to be one of the most popular editions to its Mac computers.
This new feature instantly switches everything to a darker colour scheme which not only looks stunning but also offers an improved viewing experience, especially when scrolling through content such as photos.
All of Apple’s apps including Mail, Messages, Calendar and Photos will support Dark Mode at launch.
The macOS Mojave update is available on MacBooks and the iMac
How Stacks will clean up your desktop
A CLEANER DESKTOP
Stacks is a new feature which instantly cleans up the desktop with files placed in neat piles at the side of the screen.
Stacks can be created for file types, by date or tags with things easily found by simply scrolling through each group.
Taking, sending, and saving screenshots and screen recordings are a snap, thanks to handy onscreen controls and a streamlined workflow.
An easy-to-use interface for taking screenshots provides buttons for each type of screenshot.
You can access the controls through the Shift-Command-5 keyboard shortcut. Existing screenshot keyboard shortcuts still work too.
The macOS Mojave update includes Stacks which cleans up your desktop
In macOS Mojave, the Finder gets a significant update with an all-new Gallery View.
This visual feature now lets users see a bigger preview of the file along with all of its metadata, making it easier to manage media assets.
Also included is something called Quick Actions which allow you to edit files without actually opening them.
Quick Actions can create and password-protect PDFs and run custom Automator Actions
Quick Look provides a fast, full-size preview of a file, allowing users to rotate and crop images, mark up PDFs and trim video and audio clips without ever opening an app.
CONTINUITY CAMERA WILL SAVE YOU TIME
Now you can use your iPhone to shoot or scan a nearby object or document and have it automatically appear on your Mac.
Just use the context menu (right click) in Finder, Mail, Messages, Notes, Pages, Keynote, and Numbers to see a new option to Take a Photo or Scan Document right from your iPhone.
Apple macOS Mojave update includes a new Dark Mode
Apple privacy rules have always been pretty strict but they are getting even tougher in macOS Mojave.
In the update, there are some radical changes to Safari which now offers enhanced Intelligent Tracking Prevention.
Apple says this helps block social media “Like” or “Share” buttons and comment widgets from tracking users without permission.
There are also improvements to passwords with Safari now also automatically creating autofills and stores strong passwords when users create new online accounts and flags reused passwords so users can change them.