WWDC 2018 is the trending news right now. So, as known, Apple has already made a couple of interesting announcements, in addition to some welcome performance changes to iOS 12. Apart from that, Apple has also unveiled some pretty cool advancements in its AR technology, Siri and iOS’ Photos app. The next part also states that about Apple that it has also introduced some welcome and intriguing new improvements to watchOS and tvOS.
Following that, Craig Federighi took the stage to introduce some new changes to macOS, an update that’s called macOS Mojave. First off, Apple introduced a new Dark Mode feature. Though users have been eager for a Dark Mode to come to iOS, they would have to adjust with the Dark Mode for macOS for the time being.
The next new feature of this macOS Mojave is designed to remove desktop clutter. This refers that all of a user’s content could be housed under a stack that can be organized based on any number of categories. For example, users could also have a stack called Images that contains all of the images users have loaded on the desktop. As an added bonus, and what separates a stack from a traditional folder, is the fact that users could now scrub across a stack and see previews of all the files therein.
The next feature that macOS Mojave also introduces is the new Finder view called “Gallery View” that makes it easier to preview movies, images, presentations, documents, spreadsheets, and PDFs. The Gallery View also includes an area where users would be able to apply commonly used actions to a selected file.
Next up, Apple made taking Screenshots on macOS a lot more powerful. Now when users would take a screenshot, Apple has added tools which let users edit photos more quickly efficiently. There’s also an ability to record video of a selected webpage, which might prove useful if users would be keen on recording a webpage with media content such as animations. macOS Mojave also introduced some new continuity features which let users seamlessly incorporate photos from an iOS device to an open document on macOS.
macOS Mojave also ropes in some interesting security updates. Specifically, the next-gen version of macOS enacts new protections regarding how apps can access data on the device. Safari also has some new security enhancements, including shutting down, by default, certain comment fields and like buttons on third-party websites that might be used to track users. Moreover, Apple added that Safari would make it harder for data companies to track users on the web-based on computer’s configuration.
The Mac App Store also received a complete overhaul featuring a new look and feel that was designed from the ground up. The new design lists curated editorial suggestions along with a list of the best-selling apps across multiple categories. Users would be now also able to explore recommendations across different categories while also viewing video previews of what an app looks like in action. Notably, Office 365, Lightroom CC and BBEdit are some big name apps that would be hitting the Mac App Store soon.
Interestingly, Craig Federighi emphatically added that Apple is not planning to merge iOS and macOS. So, Federighi noted that “We love macOS because it’s explicitly created to the specific characteristics of Mac hardware”.
Still, Apple also provided a sneak peek of a multi-year project that would enable macOS to tap into the iOS ecosystem by bringing certain iOS frameworks to the Mac. To this, Federighi added that “Phase 1 of this effort is to test it on ourselves”. Apple concluded that the ability to bring iOS apps to the Mac would be available to developers in 2019.