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MacOS Mojave: Apple’s New Operating System, in Detail

MacOS Mojave: Apple's New Operating System, in Detail
MacOS Mojave: Apple’s New Operating System, in Detail

MacOS Mojave: Apple’s New Operating System, in Detail

If you think macOS Mojave is just a design update, you are mistaken. MacOS Mojave takes only one hour to install. When you start the operating system for the first time, you don’t immediately see any obvious differences to its predecessor. At second glance, however, you can recognize numerous subtle new features, which are extremely helpful and designed to improve the user experience considerably.

For example, Apple has integrated the new Dark Mode, which supposedly ensures that users are no longer blinded by bright light (especially at night), which causes eyestrain and negatively impacts their overall experience. Apple’s Dark Mode is also very impressive when it comes to editing photos and videos; unfortunately, some apps are not yet compatible with it. The macOS Mojave dock is also adapted to Dark Mode and has a feature in System Preferences (also found in System Settings in iOS), which allows you to display last-used apps chronologically on the right side of the dock. Unlike iOS, this area offers space for more than three apps.

Dynamic Backgrounds

MacOS Mojave also offers two new dynamic background images, which change considerably during the day and can be configured in System Preferences.

MacOS Mojave also offers two new dynamic background images, which change considerably during the day and can be configured in System Preferences.

MacOS Mojave also offers two new dynamic background images, which change considerably during the day and can be configured in System Preferences. One of the backgrounds is represented by a dune in the Mojave Desert, while the other visualizes color during different times of day. Apple expects to soon make this feature available to third parties, so that they can also provide outstanding background images for macOS Mojave.

More Desktop Order

Apple has integrated a new stacking feature into this version of macOS, designed to make desktop disorder a thing of the past.

Apple has integrated a new stacking feature into this version of macOS, designed to make desktop disorder a thing of the past.

Apple has integrated a new stacking feature into this version of macOS, designed to make desktop disorder a thing of the past. When this function is enabled, it neatly sorts desktop files into stacks, that can be categorized by a variety of features. The contents of a specific batch can then be unfolded and viewed. This function still needs improvement, and there are already some apps (such as Hazel), which can do this job more efficiently.

Screenshots

Apple has also changed the function of the screenshot screen slightly and adapted it from iOS. At the bottom right of the screen on the macOS Mojave desktop, you can now see a small thumbnail, where you can make changes after doing a screenshot. However, if this thumbnail version is not clicked, it eventually disappears. The operating system now also includes a delayed recording function, with the option to show or hide the mouse pointer.

The New App Store

The macOS Mojave’s App Store has also been updated and adapted from the newly redesigned one on iOS.

The macOS Mojave’s App Store has also been updated and adapted from the newly redesigned one on iOS.

The macOS Mojave’s App Store has also been updated and adapted from the newly redesigned one on iOS. Now more editorial content is available and is divided into more sections, and the operating system update functions can be found in System Preferences.

New Safari Features

Safari has also received several updates with macOS Mojave, including the addition of favicons to the tabs. This allows flawless navigation, even if several tabs are open simultaneously. Secure passwords can now be both generated and managed, like checking them for duplicates and changing them if necessary. Also included is “Intelligent Tracking Protection,” which makes it more difficult for website providers to track you across multiple homepages, and automatically deactivates sharing buttons of various social networks. If you want to use this function, you have to explicitly agree to the data transfer.

More MacOS Mojave Updates

With the Home app, you can control your HomeKit-enabled accessories from the comfort of your Mac.

With the Home app, you can control your HomeKit-enabled accessories from the comfort of your Mac.

One important update, available for the first time, is the Home app for the desktop, which gives Siri the ability to control smart homes via HomeKit.

MacOS Mojave will be the last operating system to support 32-bit applications. Starting in Autumn 2019 (when the next version of the operating system will probably be released), all apps must be 64-bit compatible.

Conclusion

Apple’s macOS Mojave is an excellent update of the Mac operating system. Though it brings no sweeping innovations, it demonstrates fine-tuning of numerous smaller features, and provides a meaningful, advanced, and user-friendly update that significantly improves the user experience. Bottom line: Apple’s macOS Mojave is a great operating system!

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macOS Mojave: Top Features and Changes! [Video]

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