Behind the scenes of macOS Mojave

Between April and July 2018, Mac sales dropped 13 percent year-on-year. An example: The Mac Mini last updated Apple four years ago, on October 16, 2014. A refresh of the MacBook Air, currently the cheapest MacBooks, is expected by many users.

The maintenance of the Mac product range was so silted up in the past few months at Apple. But that’s certainly not the reason why Apple calls the latest version of its macOS operating system macOS Mojave. Calling new versions for mountain ranges (Yosemite, Sierra), places (Mavericks) or landscapes (Mojave Desert in California, Utah, Arizona and Nevada) has a long tradition at Apple.

Similar to the future iOS 12 for iPhone and iPad (LEAD reported), macOS Mojave also focuses on consolidation and better stability compared to its predecessor High Sierra, which was released to all users on September 25, 2017. Mojave is the fifteenth version of macOS in Apple history.

LEAD has extensively tested macOS Mojave since the release of the first test version in June following the WWDC Developer Conference.

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Good news first: You benefit with Mojave a more stable system compared to High Sierra – and Apple has his latest operating version under the motto “just a lot” some interesting innovations donated. These are according to Apple inspired by power and professional users, but made for all audiences.

Which devices is Mojave compatible with?

The free update supports MacBooks (2015 and newer), MacBook Air (2012 and newer), MacBook Pro, Mac mini, iMac, 2017 iMac Pro and the Mac Pro (late 2013 and mid-2010/2012 with Metal GPUs).

Dark mode

For the first time, macOS Mojave offers a system-wide, dark mode for the entire system, from the menu bar to the dock and apps. Apple redesigned many of its in-house apps for Dark Mode, from Calendar to Mail to the iTunes Store. You activate the dark mode in the system settings under “General”. The Dark Mode is of course no obligation. Who liked the bright appearance so far, does not have to change. In addition, Apple offers the option to choose a certain color accent in the system settings. It changes the color of buttons or arrows.

Dynamic desktop

With the “Dynamic Backgrounds” it is possible under Mojave to change wallpaper all day, adjusted to the time of day or night. The option shows the Mojave Desert. In the future there should be more motives.

The prerequisite for the use of a dynamic background is, of course, the activation of the location service, because only then can the current time of day be determined and the screen adjusted accordingly.

Mojave Dynamic Desktop In the daytime
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Stacks (stack)

Stacks, a German stack, is a new feature that will ensure more order on the desktop. All files on the desktop are grouped in “stacks” – by file type, date, day and more.

The activation of stacks takes place via the Finder. Clicking on a stack via mouse-over allows you to review individual files. Clicking on a stack displays a complete list of files.

Mojave will also automatically add new files to the desktop for matching stacking, depending on the setting.

Stacks afterwards
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Mac App Store by iOS App Store Role Model

With iOS 11, Apple has already given the App Store for iPhone and iPad a complete redesign. The Mac App Store, however, looked the same for years. Not confusing, but somehow out of date. This changes Apple now with Mojave. The new interface is similar to the iOS App Store.

Apple’s own editorial staff prepares new and proven apps editorially – with news and stories about developers, special Mac app topics and curated app collections. This should make finding suitable apps much easier for you.

Apple differentiates between areas such as “Create”, “Work”, “Play” and “Develop”. Auto-play previews of videos and the mandatory ratings and sales rankings complete the editorial contributions.

We like the look and feel. Apps can be found much better this way.

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More privacy, more security

With Mojave, Apple offers much more privacy. Mojave’s privacy will be extended to include camera, micro and other sensitive user data such as mail database, message history, Safari data, Time Machine backups, iTunes device backups, locations and cookies. Safari also offers advanced tracking protection. Social media buttons can be blocked.

There are also important improvements in the area of ​​passwords. For example, Safari suggests strong and above all clear passwords with Mojave. Password managers like the popular 1Password can also provide passwords for websites and apps through a new Password AutoFill extension. And with a new Safari system profile, advertisers get far less access to your browsing and shopping habits.

Many other optimizations, the Finder, Safari tabs, email emojis, screenshots, the login window or in-house Apple apps such as stocks or home, which have received a new look, are under the hood.

With the introduction of macOS Mojave, Apple is demonstrating that the company is once again focusing more strongly on the macOS platform – also for professional users. Cupertino is now clearly aware that the macOS category needs to be regularly updated and improved. That’s why Mojave is a good step forward – with a mix of optimizations and welcome innovations.

Apple will once again present the highlights of macOS Mojave tomorrow at the event. It is still official, Mojave appear for all users “in the fall”. Well possible that Apple calls the exact release date tomorrow.

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