Apple has just released a major update to MacOS and introduced the first real cosmetic changes that we’ve seen since Yosemite.
So I have the developer preview of Mojave installed. Let’s go through and take a look at some of the most important updates that this new operating system brings.
The New Dark Mode
The first and my personal favorite is the new dark mode that has come to MacOS. This isn’t the first time that Apple has made changes like this. Starting in El Capitan you have the option to change the menu bar and the dock to run dark mode. But this new dark mode is a lot more extensive and affects not only the menu bar and dock but all of your windows and applications as well.
So far I have to say I really like this new dark aesthetic. I think it works really well, especially since it’s more coherent now that it applies to all your applications in Windows as well as the menu bar dock.
To complement this new dark mode, Apple introduced a really cool feature called dynamic desktop. Basically what this does is based on your location and the time of the day, your wallpaper will actually change. Currently, there is only one wallpaper that can take advantage of this new feature it’s the default Mojave background. You’ll notice that from dawn to dusk, your background will actually change from light to dark.
One thing that I also noticed is that not only does the new dark mode apply to the nose but they even changed some of the icons. For example, the folder icons are just a little bit darker than it used to be. One of the other important redesigns that Mojave brings is a fresh new look to the app store. It now looks more coherent with the iTunes user interface that was updated last year. Overall the whole thing looks really slick and a lot better than it did before.
One of the more important usability updates that Mojave brings is a new feature called Stacks. Basically this is aimed to help those that have a cluttered desktop. I myself don’t have that cluttered desktop but I know a lot of people to do, and this feature is really really helpful. So, what stacks do is that it will take your jumbled mess of the desktop and sort everything by the type of icon and the type of file that it is.
All you have to do to activate this is right click on your desktop and then choose a “sort by” option. Within few seconds it’ll create these very neat little stacks of icons on the desktop. To view the contents of the stack all you have to do is click on it and it’ll give you a drop-down of everything that it piled up.
4 Apps Ported From iOS to MacOS
Apple also brought over for apps from iOS to MacOS. They brought over news, stocks, home and voice memos. Particularly interesting is the way that Apple ported these apps directly over from iOS.
Below I have discussed about this porting memos in a bit more detailed manner.
When Apple brought these four apps over from iOS they didn’t just build new similar experiences they actually ported the code that ran on iOS over to Mac OS. Now, when they did this they brought part of UI Kit which is the framework used to develop apps for iOS over to MacOS.
So, the apps that are running on the Mac is actually the same code that the iOS apps. This is just a preview and this technology will not be available to developers until next year. Even then it’s really cool to see what gets to the future of Apple as it begins to bring MacOS and iOS closer together.
Better Privacy on the Internet
Additionally, Apple added some really cool security features to Safari on MacOS. Essentially, the security features work to eliminate the digital fingerprint that certain data companies use to track you.
Essentially they look at some identifying information, including proficiency of installed plug-ins you have installed and other pieces of information in order to figure out who you are in a sea of people. Thus track you even if they don’t have any better information than just that.
So, essentially Safari is exposing the minimum amount of data required to make a website work, but of course not too much that they can actually do a good job of tracking. This is great for people who care about security, which of course should be everyone.
Few Minor Enhancements
Additionally, Apple also made some interesting changes to the preview window as well. If you press spacebar to view an image with preview, you now have access to a whole bunch of tools cropping, rotations, and markup.
Another fun new feature is easy to access application icons. The bottom right side of the dock shows the last three applications you used and that is not in the dock so that there is a way for easy access.
So overall Mojave is bringing a lot of really solid changes to the Mac operating system. So once Mojave is released later this year, I think a lot of people are going to find it not only a better-looking experience but a much more functional experience. There may not be too many updates but I think the changes to the UI and the usability of the app store, as well as the new security and privacy in Safari, are more than welcome to the operating system.