Apple released its brand new Mac operating system – macOS 10.14 Mojave – on September 24, and its arrival has introduced an array of business-friendly features: A new dark mode, improvements to the Finder, and the ability to use a connected iPhone as a camera for your Mac.
Apple continues to improve the new OS and has already seeded several beta versions of 10.14.1 to developers, but unless you have a Mac to spare, it's best to leave beta testing to the pros. What you need right now is to download and install the feature-rich, stable Mohave on your Mac.
The first thing you'll notice are the new apps that ship with the program. iOS favorites like News, Stocks, Voice Memos and Home have now been ported to the Mac, and they are a joy to use on the larger screen of your laptop or desktop monitor.
FaceTime now supports group calling, and the Mac App Store got an overhaul complete with editorial content and the promise of additional major apps from Microsoft and Adobe.Credit: Apple Inc.
Little things sometimes spell the difference between ease of use and frustration. For instance, Apple's new OS now provides an emoji button directly within the Mail app so you don't have to go hunting for your favorite cat face. You can now view favicons in Safari tabs so you can visually identify which site is which – and it's not clear how we ever lived without that. It puts Siri in control of HomeKit devices to adjust lights and the thermostat in your home or office. It also helps you find saved passwords and adds a bunch more language options.
Here are the most business-friendly features in macOS 10.14 Mohave.
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If you've been pining for a darker Mac screen interface, macOS Mojave delivers a new dark mode, which flips the switch on the entire interface for Mac apps like Mail, Messages, Maps, Calendar and Photos, and is open to third-party apps. Dark Mode is especially appealing to artists, photographers, designers, videographers and night birds seeking less on-screen glare at 2 a.m.Credit: Apple Inc.
You can easily switch between dark and light modes whenever you feel like. Alongside Dark Mode, a very cool Dynamic Desktop feature alters the picture according to the time of day as the interface transitions to dark mode in the evening. It only works with two photos, however, not your entire desktop collection. New accent colors are also a great addition for personalizing your desktop.
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Quick Look is a fantastic time-saving feature, which lets you peer into a document without having to launch an app or open a file – just by pressing the space bar.
With Mojave, the feature gets a lot more powerful by being able to execute Quick Actions to mark up or edit files – say, insert a signature into a document, rotate a photo, trim a video or perform other actions native to the file's format.
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There are few things more discouraging than switching on your computer and confronting a desktop full of unsorted icons. Mojave's new Stacks feature can help by automatically grouping together files based on document type: images, PDFs, spreadsheets, photos and movies. You can also arrange them by date created, added, modified or last opened, or by tags to better organize your projects.
Stacks behave like their Dock counterpart: When you click on a stack, you see an expanded view of all its contents. Click the stack arrow and the files converge back into the stack.
FinderCredit: Apple Inc.
For several generations, the macOS Finder has offered four major views: Icons, List, Columns and Cover Flow. Mojave debuts a new Gallery View that allows you to scroll through large, high-quality previews of your files to visually identify the one you seek. It also presents complete metadata for that type of file, if you choose, or shows only the metadata you want to see.
The feature also includes Quick Actions, which lets you mark up, rotate, convert to PDF and perform other actions on the file directly in the Finder without having to open, rename or save. You can even work on multiple files at once, or assign an Automator task as a Quick Action.
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More frequent popups now alert and ask your permission when a Mac app tries to access your photos, microphone, or personal data from your Mail database, Messages history, Safari data, Time Machine backups, iTunes device backups and more.
With macOS Mojave, Apple has overhauled both the desktop and the mobile version of Safari to reduce advertiser "fingerprinting" and tracking. Safari now shares only a simplified profile that makes it harder to identify users by system configuration, installed fonts, and plugins. Mojave also halts social media Like and Share buttons and comments from tracking your data. To further aid security, Mojave's Safari supports strong passwords to auto fill on your devices, while flagging reused passwords.
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Most business professionals capture information with screenshots to save as reminders, use as documentation or share with others. With Mojave, screenshots on the Mac got a whole lot more useful.
The updated utility presents a thumbnail of the screen capture at the corner of your screen which you can either save to a chosen location, drop directly into a document or continue to work on it.
New controls for shooting screens offer options like a timer, video recording and whether to include the mouse pointer in your shot. After you finish marking up your screen, you can immediately share it without having to save a copy.
Continuity CameraCredit: Apple Inc.
When it comes to sharing files between Mac and iOS devices, the new Continuity Camera comes in handy for all kinds of business communications. The new Mojave feature lets you use your iPhone or iPad to capture a photo or scan a document and insert the file directly into a desktop document or presentation. You can file an expense report or insert a photo into a document to send to clients or colleagues. The feature works with Mail, Notes, Pages, Keynote, Numbers and TextEdit.
Mac App StoreCredit: Apple Inc.
The Mac App Store got an overhaul in Mojave to make it easier to use, more interactive and more immersive. Starting with a redesigned App Page, it offers new tabs like Discover, Create, Work, Play and Develop to help your search.
The new App Store also offers video previews, ratings and reviews. Businesses can also look forward to Microsoft bringing Office 365 to the store while Adobe will make Lightroom CC available.Credit: Apple Inc.
The App store no longer holds OS or other Mac app updates. These are now available via software update in the system preferences where you can choose which updates to automatically install.
Group FaceTime delayed
Apple had announced that a huge update to its FaceTime video conferencing app would be included Mohave's initial release. The new FaceTime would facilitate group calls with up to 32 audio and video participants, with the ability to join the conversation at any time and connect using a Mac, iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch. That feature has been delayed and there is no specific timetable for restoring it.
Are you ready for Mojave?
The new macOS 10.14 update is compatible with most Macs dating back to mid-2012, as well as 2010 Mac Pros that have the recommended metal-capable GPU. Apple has confirmed that Mojave will be the last macOS to support 32-bit apps, as the OS continues to warn users via alerts that 32-bit apps are not optimized for recent operating systems.
Before you upgrade, make sure you have enough space on your hard drive. Your Mac needs at least 2GB of memory and 12.5GB of available storage space if you are upgrading from the more recent Sierra OSs. When you're ready to rock, open the macOS Mojave page on the App Store, and click the Get button to download it.