macOS High Sierra’s successor is out and it won’t take you long to taste some of what Apple put into Mojave, macOS 10.14, a free Mac update that comes with more polish and usability that previous versions.
I’ve been running Mojave on an older iMac and I can state that problems have been few and most Mac users, especially notebook owners, will enjoy the drive. Here is a look at what I consider to be the most notable changes in Mojave.
Clean And Dark
Every new iteration of macOS brings a mixed view of excitement and trepidation. The good and the bad, but this time, no ugly. Mojave has options to look different, feel different, but within the same familiar package.
Dark Mode – Try it. You’ll like it. Dark modes are all the rage these days. Just open General, then select Dark from within System Preferences. Despite a few options for accent colors, everything becomes dark; supposedly, out of the way, visually; which lets you focus on whatever you’re doing.
Desktop – I’m not much of a Desktop user, preferring instead to use the time-honored Column view in the Finder, but Stacks will group files on the Desktop by type or date and that gets rid of the clutter. Choose View in the Finder Menu and select Use Stacks.
Duplicate Passwords – Apple seems to be in teach mode, trying to get Mac users to get on board with more complicated passwords, and to avoid duplicate passwords. In Safari, open Preferences, select Passwords, and you’ll see an exclamation mark next to all the duplicate passwords.
Screen Shot Edits – I use more Mac screenshots than I do on iPhone or iPad, but the iOS option runs on Mojave now. Create a screenshot and edit it with markup tools.
Quick Look Edits – This is a crazy quick way to edit some cruft from a video file without opening it iMovie. There’s a Trim button at the top which sets handles onto the timeline so you can trim video wherever you choose. Fast and easy.
Dynamic Wallpaper – Wallpaper isn’t much to me because of the Column View, but for Mac users who view their Desktop as an open space filled with files, Wallpaper might make a difference, and Mojave brings in a few dynamic photos found in System Preferences > Desktop & Screen Saver. Select Dynamic. Not many options, though.
Insert iPhone Photos – This is a bigger deal than you might think. I use iCloud Photos so whatever I take with iPhone shows up– sooner or later– on my Mac. To speed up the process, Apple included an Insert from iPhone option for apps that support Continuity.
New Apps – The first app you’ll notice that has changed dramatically is the Mac App Store, which more resembles the iPhone and iPad App Store. Also new is a Stocks app to give Mac users what iPhone and iPad users get in iOS 12. Home from iOS made it to macOS, as did the popular News app.
Elsewhere, Finder gets a new Gallery View to browse files, and, strangely, Siri will respond to password requests but not with audio so everyone around can hear it.
Of all the apps and utilities on my Mac, only Sound Control was not compatible with the upgrade to Mojave.
Nicely done, no real hiccups to date, and not bad for free.