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Apple Introduces macOS Mojave

macOS Mojave has been previewed by Apple as the latest version of the world’s most advanced desktop operating system, with updates inspired by professionals but designed for everyone. Mojave might have been named after the desert in Southern California, but it’s packed with enough new features to provide an oasis for devoted Mac® users.

Perhaps the most dramatic nuance is Dark Mode. This allows users to transform their desktop to a darkened environment where the focus is on content and the controls recede into the background. With Dark Mode, built-in Mac apps such as Mail, Messages, Maps, Photos and others all include new contrasting designs. Dark Mode also allows users to toggle between a light or dark desktop and choose Dynamic Desktop to change the appearance of new Apple-provided desktop backgrounds based on the time of day. Just when you thought you’ve seen everything, you’ll now see everything in a different light.

Productivity mavens with messy desktops will appreciate Mojave’s new Finder® feature which, when turned on, automatically gathers all files into Stacks, neatly sorting them by file type, date, tag or other criteria. Users can customize their Stacks to further sort based on other file attributes. An all-new Gallery View lets users visually skim their files. Gallery View helps you browse through a folder of images by displaying a large preview of the selected file above a row of thumbnails of other items in the folder. Plus, the Preview Pane now shows all of a file’s metadata, making it easier to manage media assets, and Quick Look provides a fast, full-size preview of a file that allows users to rotate and crop images, mark up PDFs and trim video and audio clips without ever opening an app.

For the first time, thanks to Mojave, popular apps such as News, Stocks, Voice Memos and Home will now be available on the Mac. They look and function much like their iOS counterparts, but rely on the mouse or trackpad and use normal Mac interface elements like resizable windows. In the News app, articles, photos and videos will look great on the Mac display, and users can now follow their favorite pubs from just one app. With Home, Mac users can control their HomeKit®-enabled accessories (such as lights and thermostats) without ever having to step away from their computer. Voice Memos makes it easy to record personal notes, lectures, meetings and more, and access them from iPhone®, iPad® or Mac. Stocks delivers curated market news alongside a personalized watchlist, complete with quotes and interactive charts. Mojave features like these continue to illustrate that Apple is making it easier for developers to create apps that work on both macOS and iOS platforms.

Mojave also introduces an all-new Mac App Store®, building upon the single largest catalog of Mac apps in the world. In Mojave, the Mac App Store gets a complete redesign with a new look and rich editorial content that makes it easy to find the right Mac app. The new design highlights new and updated apps in the Discover tab, while tabs for Create, Work, Play and Develop help users find apps for a specific project or purpose. And, as always, users can download apps from the Mac App Store with confidence that Apple has first approved them for safety and security.

For those who take a lot of screenshots, Apple has given the Mac’s long-standing screenshot capabilities a visible interface that simplifies taking still screenshots or recording a movie of your actions. Plus, now you can preview, edit, share or delete a screenshot or movie immediately after creating it. That’s huge!

Just a heads up that Apple is dropping support for some older Mac models, so you’ll need a post-2012 device to drive macOS 10.14. If you have any questions about these or other features proposed by macOS Mojave, contact CranstonIT today at 888-813-5558 or support@cranstonit.com.