On Monday 24th September, Apple released macOS Mojave 10.14, to the public. Mojave is a free download for those that have a compatible Mac.
Mojave can be downloaded from the Mac App Store, here is a direct link to the download.
Mojave is compatible with the following desktop and laptops:
- MacBook (Early 2015 or newer)
- MacBook Air (Mid 2012 or newer)
- MacBook Pro (Mid 2012 or newer)
- Mac mini (Late 2012 or newer)
- iMac (Late 2012 or newer)
- iMac Pro (2017)
- Mac Pro (Late 2013, plus mid-2010 and mid-2012 models with recommended Metal-capable GPU)
Mojave drops support for a number of older Macs compared to macOS High Sierra and it is compatible primarily with machines manufactured in 2012 or later.
Apple supports a direct upgrade to Mojave from OS X Mountain Lion or later. You do need a minimum of 2GB of RAM to run the new OS and at least 12.5GB of free disk space.
A summary of Mojave’s main new features:
- Continuity Camera (use your iPhone or iPad to directly import photos or documents scans)
- Dark Mode (higher contrast of text makes it easier to read documents and menu items)
- Desktop Stacks (helps organize desktop clutter by stacking)
- Dynamic Desktops (desktop picture adjusts accordingly with the time of day)
- Finder enhancements: Gallery View, view metadata, and Quick Actions (make it easier to work with your files)
- Improved OS and Safari security
- Screenshot markup (quickly circle or highlight specific passages in a photo or email)
There are several reports that users with older systems (2012–2015) are experiencing smoother performance and less lag using the latest version of macOS 10.14.
— Dave Môrgan (@pugnaciously) September 24, 2018
macOS Mojave is a significant update to macOS, introducing a new systemwide Dark Mode, with Mojave users able to choose between a light theme or the new dark theme, which changes the color of the dock, menu bar, apps, and other elements.
Dark Mode is featured along with Dynamic Desktops, being dynamic wallpaper that will subtly change throughout the day and night to mimic the progress of the sun across the sky outside.
For example, the basic Mojave Desert scene tracks where the sun should be throughout the day and night, and along with some nice “Solar Gradients” this nicely emulates a clear sky as the sun rises and sets. For example, in the afternoon, the lighting effect of the Mojave Desert wallpaper shows at a peak brightness. So the image of the desert is depicted as it would be if you were at the location in the daytime with well-lit sand dunes and the bright blue sky.
At night, the wallpaper sky transitions to darker blue to reflect the evening time. The shift from daytime to nighttime happen gradually over the course of the day, so there will be some subtle changes each time you view your Mac’s display. This new feature can be enabled in the Desktop & Screensaver section of preferences. This dynamic mode does mean you will need enable mac’s location services for a correct match to daylight conditions.
Mojave also includes Stacks, a new improved ‘low-clutter’ desktop organization system that helps you keep desktop files neat and organized – with minimal clutter.
The Finder window is now enhanced with a new Gallery View for previewing larger versions of photos and documents, along with a Sidebar for easier navigation, and re-designed Quick Look feature for quick document editing, along with Quick Actions.
Screenshots that you take on the Mac can now be edited using built-in Markup tools and a new management options that also allow for easy screen recording.
Continuity camera, a useful new feature, allows you to import photos and document scans directly from an iPhone or iPad to the Mac. You can either take a standard picture or have your iOS device scan a document. Document scanning will detect a document that is in frame, cuts out other information, and then fixes any minor stretching or skewing issues.
The Finder also lets you make small changes to files directly in Gallery view. If you have selected an image, you are given options to rotate, mark up or convert to a PDF. If you have selected a video, you can trim the selection without needing to opening it.
Apple have ported their News, Stocks and Voice Memo app’s from iOS to macOS as part of a multi-year project Apple is actively working on (iOS apps on Macs).
On privacy, Apple has introduced several new privacy protections to keep your data safer than ever. Having the Home app on the Mac to manage various smart home devices is particularly handy, and reading articles in the News app is just as enjoyable an experience here as it is on an iPad.
Apple is now making it harder for websites to track you with a option of new Safari tools, and now it is easier to create and store secure, hard-to-guess passwords for all those websites. Safari now includes improved protection against cross-site web tracking (so you will the ad for on every site you visit). Safari also prevents “fingerprinting”, which means ad and tracking companies do not have access to the device (fingerprint) you are using to visit a site.
Apple has added a redesigned Mac App Store to macOS Mojave that makes it easier to discover apps with a featured section and specific categories for games, creative apps, productivity apps, apps for developers, and more. The updated Mac App Store makes it easier to make a judgement about how good an app is before you commit to payment. App developers are now able to add videos showcasing their apps so that buyers can preview what an app can do.
In Mojave (and iOS 12) it will be soon possible to make FaceTime Video Calls with multiple people at once – up to 32. However, this feature will probably not arrive until some time near the end of 2018, according to Apple – so hopefully for Christmas!
Other macOS Mojave features of interest
There are a some other features in Mojave that you might find useful.
- Siri now includes the ability to manage and control HomeKit devices from your Mac and the ability to use Find My iPhone.
- Safari will show Favicons in tabs and does some more intelligent tracking protection.
- Apple Mail now supports emojis and is able to suggest a mailbox in which to file an email.
- Enhanced support for passwords, with the ability to automatically create strong passwords, along with autofill of passcodes sent via text, and password auditing.
- APFS format support for Fusion Drives.
- eGPU support on a per-application basis.
Noteworthy: During 2015, Apple made a naming switch from calling the Mac operating system “OS X” to “macOS“. Apple makes it clear that iOS and macOS will never morph into the same digital beast, however Apple are willing to share the most useful features between each platform (iOS & macOS).