MacOS Mojave brings dark mode, an organized desktop and new Mac Apps

Delia Walker
June 6, 2018

Apple has yet to clarify whether you can use your own photos with Dynamic Desktop or the feature is limited to Apple-specific photos.

What's new in macOS Mojave? Apple has, for at least the past two years, provided open public beta programs as well. Below, we have detailed the prime highlights of the event, which took the spotlight. This time around, there was a lot of chatter around some hardware products being launched at WWDC 2018.

One of the most requested features for iOS has made its way to macOS. The new features will be a part of their iOS 12 operating system update.

The update will also help users de-clutter their Mac computer home screens, which can become crowded with icons and files. Measure Measure is a new app in iOS 12, which uses AR to quickly gauge the size of real-world objects similar to a tape measure. The Apple Santa brought a variety of gifts for everyone. These stickers now come with a "tongue-out" detection, meaning that now you can make emojis stick their tongue out.

Depending on your preference, Apple will also be adding more pop-ups - primarily to allow for better control over your privacy. There are Animojis, stickers, text, and a drawing tool built into the app camera, and iOS 12. The feature in turn automatically organizes files into separate groups. System menus and default apps like Finder, Xcode, Calendar, and Mail look great, with an updated neon colored theme for improved readability and contrast. The smart and intelligent trackers will inform you if apps such as Facebook will try to track you via buttons and comments field cookies. Aside from new categories of featured apps and games, the shopfront will be getting Microsoft's Office 365 and Adobe's Lightroom CC. You can combine all the actions under a single name. Parents will also be able to monitor and limit the device usage for their children. With this announcement, Apple has literally enlarged the scope of macOS utility. On stage today, Apple software chief Craig Federighi unequivocally said that's not going to happen - but what Apple will do is making it much easier to bring iOS apps to macOS.

Most notably, Apple is taking aim at websites and internet services that track users. The company will give "simplified system configuration" to sites in order to prevent them from being able to identify and fingerprint your device for advertisements. You can also manage multiple notifications at once by swiping on the notification group. That change might make things easier in the future, but for now, when iOS apps start making their way to the Mac in 2019, users shouldn't need a new Mac to get them running.

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