Apple released macOS 10.14 for download. On older Macs cannot install the update.
MacOS 10.14 Mojave is here: Apple is now providing the system update for download via the Mac App Store. Mojave runs on MacBook Pro, MacBook, MacBook Air, iMac, iMac Pro, Mac mini – but only from the year of construction 2012, say on all devices with support for Apple’s graphics interface Metal. The Mac Pro support back to 2010, as long as the desktop Mac has a metal-capable graphics card such as the Radeon RX 560 stuck.
Users should create a fresh backup before installation and check if their software runs smoothly under macOS 10.14. If the update on macOS 10.14 does not yet appear prominently in the Mac App Store, it can be downloaded via this direct link.
System Dark Mode
For many Mac users, the new dark mode should be the highlight in Mojave. So far, macOS has only had dark controls on the menu bar and dock.
The dimmed design now applies to the entire system and all its apps. Especially when editing photos and videos, a dark mode is helpful. Many creative programs such as Adobe Creative Cloud, Blender, QuarkXPress, Final Cut Pro or Logic already support their own dark mode, but this is implemented individually from app to app and can not be controlled centrally.
Third-party vendors must customize their apps to support system-wide dark mode. The easiest way for developers here is to rely largely on Apple tools and frameworks.
iOS apps are coming to the Mac
In macOS 10.14 there is a foretaste of the new technology to bring iPhone apps to the Mac (project Marzipan). Developers may use them on their own apps projects from 2019. Apple uses the new frameworks for the apps already developed for iOS shares, voice memos and Home and not yet available in Germany News App. This makes it possible for the first time to control HomeKit-compatible devices from the Mac. Home’s Mac and iOS apps are virtually functional and allow you to remotely control and switch the light or heater.
iOS apps running macOS natively and without emulation, simulator or the like. To make the marzipan project work, Apple has translated the iOS GUI framework for macOS to work on the Mac with keyboard, mouse, and TouchPad, as well as drag-and-drop compatibility. Cupertino has already adapted other function libraries in recent years so that the effort required for adaptation is limited.
Finder becomes more productive and clearer
Users who like to cache tens of files without a folder structure on their desktops benefit from the new batch mode, which should bring order to the chaos on the desktop. All files, even those in subfolders, are then sorted cleanly into dynamic folders that look like piles – a click on them displays their contents. Among other things, files can be grouped by type, date of creation and modification, and the stacks can additionally be ordered by size or name. Grouping by tags seems to be particularly interesting and versatile. Since you can also create your own tags in addition to the given colors, structures can be well represented, for example for customers, projects or priorities.
Also improved, Apple has the ability, regardless of the further sorting, such as name or date, first folders and then display files (in Windows, this is the default). That worked so far only in Finder windows.
Cover Flow has deleted Apple’s cover view and replaced it with the new gallery view. This is much better for graphic material such as images, PDFs and documents. Instead of a file listing, at the bottom of the list are content icons. The selected element can be seen in the middle of the window. Multi-page documents such as PDFs or Office files can now be scrolled page by page. The enhanced preview column on the right edge, which works well with all Finder views, also shows lots of metadata previously hidden in the information window, including images.
Quick actions are designed to speed up work processes
At the bottom of the preview, a column is now small buttons that trigger quick actions. With a click on it, for example, you can rotate a picture, add markup (annotations), create a PDF or clip a film clip, without having to try a special program for it. The quick actions are also available at the top of Quicklook, the handy quick-preview window that appears when you press the space bar for the highlighted file. Third-party manufacturers can add further additional functions via macOS extensions.
Screencasts und iPhone-Fotos
macOS Mojave can not only record static images with the screenshot tool but also moving recordings, so screencasts – including microphone track. So far, you use the Quicktime Player. In addition, the options are now more accessible.
Connected iOS devices can now act as a camera or document scanner to place the material in a document without intermediate steps. The feature auto-aligns documents and trims them before they’re passed to macOS, so they really look like they’re from the scanner. The resolution and sharpness of the cameras have long been sufficient for the capabilities of transmitted-light scanners.
For this to work, iOS 12 must be installed on the iPhone or iPad, macOS and iOS must be connected to the same iCloud account, and Wi-Fi must be activated – but they do not appear to be in the same network. Mail and the Finder already support this exciting new feature, but the context menu also appears in Pages. It should also be quite easy for third-party manufacturers to use this feature.
Completely renewed Mac App Store
The Mac App Store receives a completely new and fresh design, with strong bonds from the already improved in iOS 11 App Store. The layout is airier therefore, the fonts are larger, the structures clearer. The rubrics are enhanced with Apple recommendations, app tips, background articles on selected developers and stories. These are Apple-created lists that summarize apps on specific topics such as “Adventure games for the brave” and present them in a stylish layout. Apple has detached the macOS system updates from the App Store, they get in the system settings now a separate section with the name ” software update. ” Special app store presets, such as password settings, can now be found in the app store app settings. There is no longer an App Store section in the system settings.
Apple continues to give a high priority to security: MacOS previously asked for an app to access the location, contacts, photos, calendar or reminders.
Only when the user allowed, the app came to the data. Apple has now extended this system to the microphone, face-time camera, and many other potentially vulnerable areas, including the mail database, Safari data, news history, and Time Machine backups.
However, users need to tune in to some new demand dialogue through advanced sandboxing, especially when using scripts for automation.
Safari 12 – also available for macOS High Sierra and Sierra – blocks the tracking features of many social networks like Facebook and Twitter. So far it has been enough to visit a website with a like-button from Facebook & Co so that the services could observe the surfing behavior of the user.
At the same time, the browser reduces technical data that can be queried by web servers in order to defuse the so-called fingerprinting. This allows web servers to identify users without logging in by storing data such as the fonts and plug-ins used and combining them into a kind of ID. Under the new Safari, many users now look the same, which makes individual conclusions difficult.
Safari automatically suggests secure passwords for logins in Mojave, which it stores in the well-protected Keychain Access (Keychain) and automatically inserts at the next login. Third party vendors like 1Password are also allowed to access the system.