Uh, OK. Apple had just released a new version of Mojave and my neighbor wanted to know if it was finally OK to upgrade. From Sierra. From 2016. What I hadn’t realized was just how far behind the times Mac customers and users can get.
My neighbor was finally willing to bite the bullet and upgrade to the latest and greatest but mostly because I said it would be OK. What does Mojave do that Sierra and High Sierra did not?
Dave Smith came up with a few features and a list:
Not only will it help you stay organized and get work done more efficiently, it also features several aesthetic choices to make using a Mac more visually pleasing.
I completely and totally disagree. Many new features are useful, but some of them are cosmetic more than improved productivity. Here’s the list:
Dark Mode – I like it but it’s a big whoop. My neighbor was aghast. Almost every Mac user I come in contact with at the school where Nathan and I work ignores it. Except the creative folks.
Stacks – This is an organizational thing and while I don’t use Stacks, I help others use it because it can organize the usual mess on the Desktop into, well, stacks of documents, easily arranged.
Mac App Store – After years of abandonment, Apple has seen the light and MAS has improved to the point where solid development apps such as BBEdit are available alongside Microsoft Office. For Mac newbies, I recommend MAS as their only location to download Mac apps.
Screenshot Tools – This one took some getting used to because it does more and does it in different ways than macOS versions of yesteryear. I like the screen grabbing menu and the options to share.
Continuity Camera – For those who think Apple plans to abandon the $20-billion a year Mac business, I scoff and deride. Continuity lets you work on a document on one device and pick up where you were on another. Cool, right?
In MacOS Mojave, if you’re working on a document on your Mac but want to add a photo, it can automatically activate the camera on your phone — and when you snap that photo, it automatically appears in the document on your Mac.
Sweet. Mac users smile in delight when they see it in action and then promptly forget how to do it.
Quick Look – This one has been around awhile but Apple added markup tools so you can draw on it, rotate or crop images and photos, even edit and trim videos. Again, most Mac users love that it can be done and quickly forget how.
Permissions – macOS gets high marks for privacy and security (even though Apple still collects billions a year from Google to keep the search engine giant as the default on Safari; so much for privacy, huh?) but Mojave takes it a step toward iOS whereby it asks for your approval before an application can use the Mac’s built-in microphone or camera. Ditto for looking at Messages or email in Mail.
As to when you should upgrade your Mac, take Jeffrey’s advice in: