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macOS Mojave (version 10.14) is the fifteenth major release of macOS, Apple Inc's desktop operating system for Macintosh computers. The successor to macOS High Sierra, it was announced at WWDC 2018 on June 4, 2018. It brings several iOS apps to the desktop including Apple News, Voice Memos, and Home introduces a Dark Mode and is the final version of macOS to support 32-bit apps.
macOS Mojave requires Macs with Metal API support
- MacBook: early-2015 or newer
- MacBook Pro: mid-2012 or newer
- MacBook Air: mid-2012 or newer
- Mac Mini: late-2012 or newer
- iMac: late-2012 or newer
- iMac Pro: late-2017 or newer
- Mac Pro: late-2013 or later, plus mid-2010 and mid-2012 models with recommended Metal-capable GPU
Deprecation of OpenGL and OpenCL
Apps built using OpenGL and OpenCL will continue to run in macOS 10.14, but these legacy technologies are deprecated in macOS 10.14. Games and graphics-intensive apps that use OpenGL should now adopt Metal. Similarly, apps that use OpenCL for computational tasks should now use Metal and Metal Performance Shaders.
macOS Mojave users can switch to Dark Mode to transform their desktop to a darkened color scheme, putting the focus on user content while controls recede into the background. Users can toggle between light and dark desktop, and built-in Mac apps like Mail, Messages, Maps, Calendar, and Photos all include Dark Mode designs. An API is available so developers can implement Dark Mode in their apps.
macOS Mojave features a new Dynamic Desktop that automatically changes the desktop picture to match the time of day.
Desktop and Finder
Stacks for the desktop organize cluttered desktops by automatically stacking files into groups based on file type. Users can customize their Stacks to sort based on other file attributes, such as date and tags. Finder also gets an update, adding a Gallery View (replacing Cover Flow) that lets users browse through files visually. The Preview Pane now shows all of a file’s metadata.
New apps and iOS app support
Four new apps (News, Stocks, Voice Memos and Home) are included on macOS Mojave, directly ported from iOS, with Apple implementing a subset of UIKit on the desktop OS. Third-party developers will be able to port iOS applications to macOS in 2019.
With Home, Mac users can control their HomeKit-enabled accessories to do things like turn lights off and on or adjust thermostat settings. Voice Memos lets users record personal notes, lectures, meetings, interviews and song ideas, and access them from iPhone, iPad or Mac. Stocks delivers curated market news alongside a personalized watchlist, with quotes and charts.
Group FaceTime lets users chat with up to 32 people at the same time, using video or audio from an iPhone, iPad or Mac, or audio from Apple Watch. Participants can join in mid-conversation.
Mac App Store
In macOS Mojave, the Mac App Store gets a new look and editorial content. A new Discover tab highlights new and updated apps; Create, Work, Play and Develop tabs help users find apps for a specific project or purpose.
Privacy and Security
Safari has enhanced its Tracking Prevention to block social media “Like” or “Share” buttons and comment widgets from tracking users without permission. It now also presents simplified system information when users browse the web, preventing them from being monitored based on their system configuration. The update also automatically creates, autofills and stores secure passwords when users create new online accounts and flags reused passwords so users can change them.
New data protections require apps to get user permission before using the Mac camera and microphone or accessing personal data like user Mail history and Messages database.