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Apple’s macOS Mojave: A User Perspective & Review | AIB

macOS Mojave officially announced on June 4, 2018, at the WWDC Annual Conference or World Wide Developers Conference. In the same context, iOS 12 has been revealed. After a beta, like every year, the new MacOS has reached the App Store and can be downloaded for free by any compatible Mac user. Apple’s macOS Mojave is the most interesting, capable and stable release in years.

Concerning the systems on which you can install MacOS Mojave, the compatibility list has not changed from High Sierra. As a result, if you have a MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Mac mini or iMac from mid-2012 or later, you should not have any problems in making the macOS 10.14 transition.

Mac Pro Owners at the end of 2013 can install Mojave smoothly, and a Mac Pro 2010 is compatible with the new MacOS. You could not miss out on the list all 12-inch Macs or recently announced iMac Pro.

If you do not know what Apple system you have, click in the upper left corner of the apple and choose About this Mac or About this Mac. You will find the information you want.

Changes are obvious from the first startup

Depending on your hardware configuration, the installation of the new macOS may take between 45 minutes to one and a half hour. At first startup after installation, you must agree to the new list of terms and conditions.

Immediately afterward, you are requested to choose the color theme you will use on the system from now on. At the top of that menu, there are Light and Dark variants. The variant you choose will impact the real-time appearance of all apps created by Apple, as well as a few third-party programs.

The idea behind the dark theme, besides being very good, has many health benefits, especially if you spend the night in front of your laptop. It helps you get better rest and does not negatively influence your secretion of melatonin (sleep hormone). We can only wait for more third-party applications to support both chromatic themes.

If it’s still desktop, you can also activate a dynamic background photo at startup. It changes four times a day depending on the position of the sun in the sky, and Apple gives you a set of suggestive pictures with a landscape to better understand what it is all about.

If you’re enjoying a full desktop with icons, though far from this scenario, MacOS Mojave helps you combine them into groups on various criteria. The back mechanism is very efficient, and you can opt for grouping by date, ethicists or tags, file types, etc.

Finder and Preview have become more useful

Any Mac user is dependent on Finder, the equivalent of File Explorer or Windows Explorer on PCs. The application has become significantly more useful with the transition to Mojave. Instead of the traditional Coverflow that just for a quick browse of pictures, now there is Gallery View.

This is significantly more flexible about the type of files you can preview. Also, it gives you quick access to quick tools for fast editing with features such as rotating, marking, cropping or converting to PDF. As a bonus, when it comes to photography, you have on the right detailed information about the features of the capture process: used camera, aperture, shutter speed, lens, ISO, flash and more.

In the past, to access the same information, you should open the photo in a third-party application or right-click on it and choose Get info.

The Quick Look concept has always existed on the Mac and involves pressing the space key when a file is selected in the Finder for a Quick Preview. In the past, that window did not provide you with any tools to interact with the document you are previewing.

Now, from Quick Look, you can rotate a picture, draw it, or share it in a way similar to the options you have on your iPhone or iPad when you open a photo.

macOS Mojave helps you make tutorials

With the new screen capture system, the difference between a static capture and a video is a click a few millimeters away. Grab has been renamed Screenshot and has clear hidden options behind some suggestive icons.

In the photo mode, you can capture activity from the entire screen, inside a window or a randomly set rectangular area. In video mode, you can capture what’s happening on the whole screen or in a rectangle defined by you.

In options, you can choose where the result of this process is saved and whether the process will start in a few seconds or instant. You can not be wrong. Again, just like on iOS, starting with version 11, a fresh catch can go through some simple editing steps before it is permanently saved on the hard drive.

Continuity Camera is an exciting feature that will make life easier for Mac owners and iDevices. From your favorite app, you can start importing a picture from your phone or tablet. The exciting part is that you can also initiate a photo/video capture on the Mac, or you can scan a few pages using the camera on your phone.

New applications in MacOS Mojave

You may not be a fan of pre-installed applications with a new version of an operating system, but in Mojave, you will have about four. Apple News helps you quickly browse a set of online news in a friendly format.

The interface is borrowed from the iPad application. Voice Memos has a suggestive name and helps you record voice messages. If you have a smart home, Home is centralizing all the smart devices in the home perimeter to control them on the Mac, not just on the iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch, as it has been before.

If you have a fascination for increased online or offline security, Mojave macOS permission mechanism will surely delight you. Like on your mobile, from now on, you’ll have to agree when an app tries to access your photo gallery, location, contacts, Mac room, Safari, message history, and more.

If you want to come back later to a decision you took from an immediate notification, you can find all permission options in the System Preferences, Security & Privacy section of the Privacy section.

Safari browser restricts site access to your personal data and navigation history more efficiently. Like cookies and buttons will garner far less information about your online activity than Chrome, for example.

No site will know what hardware you have on your desktop or laptop, which fonts you have installed, or browser extensions. These restrictions designed to enhance your online security are also included in Safari on iOS 12 Devices.

The Mac App Store has a radically different interface compared to what you know in the past. Fortunately, it is surprisingly friendly and should remind you of the AppStore experience on iOS. With MacOS Mojave, Apple has introduced universal application support. That means developers who want to port their apps on the iPad on Mac will have a more comfortable life in this regard.

As a reference, Voice Memos, Stocks and Apple News have all been brought from iPad on MacOS with the new framework accessible to all Mac developers. As far as background details are concerned, those playing on the Mac should be happier after switching to Mojave because it comes with a native package for external video cards.

Also, frameworks such as Metal and the Create ML technology should bring more spectacular games to Apple’s sites, at least as attractive as the top iPad or the latest iPhone. On the whole, it’s an update worth installing.

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