AppleApple unveiled the newest version of the Mac operating system at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June, but finally released it to the public this week.
MacOS Mojave is a free update to Mac users, and it’s a pretty big upgrade. 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.
Take a look at the 7 best new features in MacOS Mojave:
1. Dark Mode
The Mac is finally getting a true dark mode thanks to macOS Mojave. Just toggle it in your System Preferences app.
The new Dark Mode affects the entire system, from Apple’s own apps like Photos and iTunes to all of your windows and filters. It even works in Apple’s programming environment Xcode, which should make coding much easier on the eyes.
We could all use a little help staying organized. In macOS Mojave, a new feature called “Stacks” instantly organizes all the random contents on your desktop into neat little batches of documents located on the right side of the screen. Stacks can be arranged by file type, date, or tag.
If you click on a stack, you’ll see all the contents. From there, you can double-click to open a document, or click the stack again to put everything away.
And the best part is that your stacks will stay organized, regardless of how many documents you add to your desktop. If you continually take screenshots, for example, macOS Mojave will automatically categorize them for you, rather than scatter them everywhere.
3. The all-new Mac App Store
Apple redesigned the Mac App Store from the ground up for MacOS Mojave.
The biggest changes are visual: Now you’ll see auto-playing videos, and even articles, about popular apps in the store, so you can learn more about apps before you download them.
The new Mac App Store also offers new ways to find apps. The new Discover, Create, Work, Play, and Develop tabs help you explore the apps you don’t have, or get more out of apps you already have.
5. Continuity Camera
Apple made Continuity, its system that lets you pick up where you left off on other Apple devices, much more powerful in macOS Mojave with a new feature called Continuity Camera.
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.
Continuity Camera works for documents and receipts, too, in case you need a quick PDF. It also works in a variety of Apple apps, including Mail, Notes, Pages, Keynotes, Numbers, and more.
6. Quick Look
Quick Look lets you perform specific actions on files or documents without needing to actually open an app.
In macOS Mojave, you can use Quick Look to invoke Markup tools, like adding your own signature, rotating and cropping images, and even editing and trimming videos.
7. Added security
Apple devices are known for their excellent security, but MacOS Mojave gives users even greater control on their data.
In MacOS Mojave, apps must get your approval before they can access your Mac’s camera or microphone. This is also true if an app is trying to access your Messages history or Mail database.