Apple revealed its latest version of its macOS operating system, macOS 10.14 Mojave, at its WWDC 2018 conference, and we've now got a glimpse of some of the new features that the updated Mac operating system will bring. "Office 365 provides the best of both worlds for Mac users - a productivity experience that is unmistakably Office, but specifically designed for the Mac", said Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president at Microsoft.
Finder has received a few new tools, including a new Gallery View that has a big preview up top and thumbnails across the bottom, as well as new Quick Actions that let you rotate, markup, or access more files with more context. Quick Actions allow you to make quick edits to files from within Finder, and you'll now be able to see full file metadata in the Preview pane.
The new Screen Time feature monitors the amount of time a user spends on a specific app, a category of apps and individual websites, plus the number of notifications received and total hands-on time. These stickers now come with a "tongue-out" detection, meaning that now you can make emojis stick their tongue out.
On the surface, it's not necessarily clear that the Home app was brought directly from iOS to macOS. The feature will help clean up even the messiest of desktops by allowing users to group files depending on the file type, date, tags, and more. Taking screenshots will also now present users to mark up those pictures.
For many users, the most important new feature in macOS Mojave will be the Dark Mode, which makes your desktop, well, dark. The screenshot tool has been updated to include video capture. This isn't the case with television shows or movies featured in the TV App, with Apple only pulling content from services you already subscribe to. Then, snap a photo with your phone and that image will be dropped in the app you have open on Mac.
"Finally, Apple is acknowledging that iOS and macOS have been competing unfairly for resources, and that iOS is the dominant platform", Steven Troughton-Smith, a developer and longtime voice in the Apple community, wrote in a message.
MacOS Mojave is available as a beta for developers right now. The macOS Mojave will feature some productivity bumps too, like Stacks to organise their desktop or sign a PDF document just by selecting a menu option from the sidebar.
Apple doesn't charge for its operating system updates, so anyone with a compatible Mac will be able to download the software free of charge when it releases. Last month, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman reported that Apple had a plethora of device refreshes in development, but added that none of them would be ready in time for a WWDC launch.
That means a stable build isn't likely to be released until later in the year, with autumn the most likely for the final version.