Apple releases new operating system once in every few years. Basically it is the same macOS with the upgraded features. Apple also changes the name on every major release and named the new 10.14 version of macOS as Mojave. The new macOS Mojave has many exciting features you needed. Apple redesigned the App Store and added useful functions in Finder. Also to stop the rumor of merging iOS and macOS, Apple only brought four iOS 12 apps to the macOS at this point of time. In this article let us explore on 15 exciting new features in macOS Mojave.
15 Exciting New Features in macOS Mojave
- Brand New App Store
- Dark Mode
- Dynamic Desktop
- Screenshot App
- Favicon in Safari
- 4 iOS Apps in macOS Mojave
- Stacks Files and Folders in Desktop
- Gallery View in Finder
- Finder File Preview with Complete Metadata
- Quick Actions in Finder
- Edit from Quick Look
- Continuity Camera
- FaceTime call up to 32 people
- Insert Emojis in Mail App
- Privacy Improvements
1. Brand New App Store
The new App Store has sidebar allowing you to easily navigate to the apps. As usual the design has killer look but it needs sometime for you to forget the old App Store and move on to the new design.
Now the App Store has theme-based collection besides the categories. You can also read app stories (like a blog) and discover apps with attractive video previews.
2. Dark Mode
If you get border with the default grey look then here comes the dark mode for you. Go to “Apple Icon > System Preferences… > General”. Change the appearance to dark to enable dark mode. You can also change the accent and highlight colors and adjust the sidebar icon size.
3. Dynamic Desktop
Dynamic Desktop option allows Mac to automatically adjust the background image based on the time of the day. Though this does not improve any productivity, it’s fun to have dynamically adjusting background images to reflect the time.
Go to ‘Apple Icon > System Preferences… > Desktop & Screen Saver”. Select the dynamic option from the dropdown under “Desktop” tab. Also ensure to choose the picture from the “Dynamic Desktop” gallery.
4. Screenshot App
You will be familiar with the “Command + Shift + 3” and “Command + Shift + 4” shortcuts for taking screenshots in Mac. Now macOS Mojave added another screenshot shortcut “Command + Shift + 5”. This will open up a screenshot app allowing you to choose different options while taking screenshots.
You can capture or record the screen and edit the file after capturing.
5. Favicon in Safari
Now that Safari browser will show you the website icon or Favicon. This will help to easily remember the tabs and quickly navigate to the tabs when you have multiple tabs opened.
Open Safari and press “Command + ,” key to open preferences. Under “Tabs” section, enable “Show website icons in tabs”.
6. Four iOS Apps in macOS Mojave
Apple brought four iOS apps to the big screen – News, Stocks, Home and Voice Memo. While News app is only available in US, UK and Australia remaining three apps are available for all the countries. If Stocks is your favorite app for monitoring stock market then you can do that now on the big screen.
7. Stacks Files and Folders in Desktop
It is common to have cluttered desktop over the period of time. Housekeeping and arranging files and folders on desktop may consume lot of time. Apple tries to offer helping hand for that too. Right click on your desktop and choose “Use Stacks”. This will stack the files and folder together and arrange your desktop in a clean manner.
You can anytime again right click and disable “Use Stacks” option to un-stack the files.
8. Gallery View in Finder
Click on the gallery view icon to scroll through all files and folders. You can even scroll through within the Word, Pages and PDF documents. This will help to easily find the file you are looking for.
9. Finder File Preview with Complete Metadata
Select any media files in Finder to see the complete metadata is shown in the preview pane. You can add tags and customize the view.
10. Quick Actions in Finder
Selecting the file in Finder will now show a Quick Action tools. It has rotate, trim, markup, convert to PDF and customize options within Finder preview. The tools will vary based on the selected file; for example, you can trim the video using the Quick Action “Trim” tool.
11. Edit from Quick Look
Select any of the PDF, image or video files in Finder and press spacebar. This will open Quick Look view where you can start editing the files. That’s what Apple calls it work on a file without opening it.
12. Continuity Camera
What about taking a picture on your iPhone and inserting on Pages document on your Mac. It is possible with macOS Mojave’s “Continuity Camera” feature. This function works on most of the default apps like Pages, Notes, Mail, Keynote and Numbers.
13. FaceTime Connect Up to 32 People
Now you can connect up to 32 people in FaceTime in a single call. You can invite people when call is in progress. FaceTime also supports both audio and video callers in the same call.
14. Insert Emojis in Mail App
Apple uses Character Viewer to insert emojis and smileys on apps like Pages. Now the character viewer is available on Mail app too. Open Mail app and click on the new email icon. Click on the smiley icon to get that character viewer for inserting emojis and smileys in emails.
15. Privacy & Security Improvements
Now privacy is the talk of town and Apple also adds privacy features in the macOS Mojave. You should approve the apps that try to access your microphone or camera.
In addition, macOS Mojave also stops sharing the complete system profile when browsing and stops social networking apps from tracking you. In addition to this, Safari will create automatically suggest strong passwords for better security.
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