Apple's gorgeous new macOS boasts evolved apps and other features
THE macOS is now much better with the release of the macOS Mojave, with several new features and new apps as well as a redesigned Mac App Store.
Among the fresh features are Dark Mode and Dynamic Desktop, which can make your Macbook and Mac desktop computer look much better.
I tested the Mojave on a MacBook Pro and loved Dark Mode, which transforms the desktop with its dark colour scheme that highlights content and makes it easier on the eyes in low light.
Dark Mode is beautifully integrated across built-in Mac apps including Mail, Messages, Maps, Calendar and Photos. Users can enable Dark Mode in System Preferences and third-party app developers can also integrate Dark Mode in their own apps.
The Mojave is the first macOS with Dynamic Desktop. The desktop background features a series of images that shift to match the time of day wherever you are in the world.
The desktop, featuring the rolling sand dunes of the Mojave Desert, transitions with different lighting variations based on the time of day, from dawn to midday, dusk and evening, to give the user an all-new experience.
If you store files on the desktop until it becomes cluttered, you will love Stacks, which can quickly clear up the mess. Stacks automatically organises files into neat groups based on file types, similar images, presentations, PDFs and text documents.
You can also customise Stacks to sort based on other file attributes, including dates and tags. Stacked files are easily accessed by clicking to expand them.
Screenshots on the Mojave is much easier to use and very useful indeed. It now comes with on-screen controls for quick access to new video capabilities. The controls include options for setting a timer and even choosing where to save the screenshots.
The Finder in the new macOS now features an all-new Gallery View that lets users skim through files visually, while a Preview Pane shows all of a file’s meta-data, making it easier to manage media assets.
Quick Actions now appear in the Preview Pane within Finder and allow you to do things like create and password-protect PDFs. Quick Look now lets you rotate and crop images, mark up PDFs and trim video and audio clips. Quick Look can be accessed by selecting a file and pressing the space bar. I found it very convenient.
A new feature of the new macOS is called Continuity Camera. You can shoot or scan a nearby object or document using your iPhone and have it appear on your Mac. You simply need to use the function “Import From” in Pages, Keynote, Numbers, Notes, Mail and other supported apps to scan or shoot.
Other useful iOS apps, including News, Stocks, Voice Memos and Home, come with the new macOS.
Use News to get information from trusted sources as selected by the editors and personalised for you. Use Stocks to track the market and read the news alongside your personalised watch-list with quotes and interactive charts.
The Home app allows you to control HomeKit-enabled accessories, from turning on lights to adjusting a thermostat or checking a baby monitor. And Voice Memos makes it easy to record personal notes, lectures, meetings, interviews or song ideas with the Mac’s built-in microphone and then later access them through iCloud from iPhone, iPad or Mac.
The Mojave has the Mac App Store completely redesigned. It now features rich editorial content that makes it easier to find apps and a Discover tab that highlights the hottest new apps, plus Create, Work, Play and Develop tabs to find apps for a specific project or purpose.
The Safari web browser of the new macOS comes with enhanced Intelligent Tracking Prevention that helps prevent social media “Like” or “Share” buttons and comment widgets from tracking users without permission.
Safari also presents simplified system information when you browse the Web to prevent data companies from creating a unique “fingerprint” that can be used for tracking.
Safari helps you better manage passwords by automatically creating, auto-filling and storing strong passwords when you create new online accounts.
Safari now supports website icons in the browser tabs so you can easily identify their open tabs at a glance. This can be enabled in Preferences.
Another improved function is Siri on Mac that lets you control HomeKit-enable devices. It has improved knowledge of food, celebrities and motor sports.
Mail comes with a new feature with an emoji menu within the composition window. This makes it quick and easy for you to add emojis to your email.
And the FaceTime video call of macOS Mojave now lets you add up to 32 people to your group video call. And the same call can include both audio and video callers.
The macOS Mojave is available today as a free software update for Macs introduced mid-2012 or later, plus 2010 and 2012 Mac Pro models with recommended Metal-capable graphics cards.
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 all models
Mac Pro late 2013, plus mid-2010 or mid-2012 models with recommended Metal-capable graphics card
HARD DISK SPACE:
2GB memory, 12.5GB of available storage space, or up to 18.5GB of storage space when upgrading from OS X Yosemite or earlier