macOS Mojave 10.14: What's new?

macOS Mojave 10.14: What's new?

Apple released today the latest in their long line of desktop operating systems: macOS 10.14 “Mojave”. Following Apple’s more recent naming convention of using California landmarks, their brand new operating system is named after the Mojave Desert.

macOS Mojave was first introduced by Apple on 4 June 2018 during their World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC 2018) as a first beta aimed at developers and went through several beta updates (11 to be exact) before today’s final release. Several new features were announced during WWDC 2018 with the following being my favorites:

Dark Mode

macOS has had the familiar gray with blue accents interface for many years but Dark Mode changes that completely. To enable it, go to Settings>General and select Dark from the Appearance option. This will completely transform your desktop by banishing the light grays and replacing them with blacks and very dark grays.

 Light and Dark modes

Light and Dark modes

Camera Continuity

I used this new feature several times during the macOS Mojave beta testing phase and it’s something I see myself using on a regular basis in the future.

 Camera Continuity

Camera Continuity

When you’re in an app like Pages and you need to insert a photo or scan and insert a document, right-clicking within the document will open a menu that gives you the option to either Take Photo or Scan Documents.

Selecting the appropriate option will automatically open the camera app on your iPhone and you can then scan/take a photo and it will then be inserted into your document without having to use airdrop or any other file transfer function.

Stacks

I tend to have a very cluttered desktop filled with screenshots, images I edited for articles, article excerpts and lots of random junk that makes my virtual desktop look like my real desktop.

With macOS Mojave, right-clicking on your desktop and selecting the Use Stacks option will immediately group all your desktop files into relevant stacks. Clicking on a stack will spread everything out for you to quickly find what you need and clicking again will group everything back into a tidy little heap.

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Needless to say, I have this permanently enabled.

Updated Screenshot Tool

With previous versions of macOS, pressing Command ⌘+Shift ⇧+3 will result in a screenshot of whatever is on your screen to be captured and saved as a JPG on your desktop. Other key combinations will allow individual windows or specifically selected areas to be captured. For years, this was all that the screenshot tool on macOS was capable of.

macOS Mojave introduces a new screenshot tool that can be invoked by pressing Command ⌘+Shift ⇧+5. Now, various annotations can be added to the screenshot like text, lines, boxes and even your signature that was normally only available in Preview. This is something that should have been part of macOS years ago but i’m thankful that it’s here now. Definitely a feature that i’ll be using very regularly.

 Screenshot Tool annotations

Screenshot Tool annotations

Conclusion

There are several more features that macOS Mojave introduces today that I didn’t cover like:

  • Quick Look - work on a file without actually opening it

  • New Apps - apps like News and Voice memos that have been ported over from iOS

  • New App Store - The App Store has been completely redesigned bringing it more inline with iOS

What’s your favorite feature in macOS Mojave?

Are you ready for macOS Mojave?

Are you ready for macOS Mojave?