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Apple macOS Mojave will be coming out in fall 2018 to all compatible devices.

Editors' Review

Apple's MacOS Mojave update offers lots of nice touches that continue to make Apple's desktop operating system a pleasure to use and may point the way to the future of the Mac.

Pros

iOS apps on the Mac. With MacOS Mojave, Apple begins the process of porting iOS apps to its desktop operating system. The first four apps are Apple's own: Apple News, which displays a personalized feed of news stories from trusted sources; Stocks, which lets you view your stock watchlist, monitor stock prices, and see daily performance charts; Voice Memos, for recording and storing voice memos and other audio recordings in iCloud; and Home, to help you set up and control all your connected HomeKit accessories. In 2019, Apple will open up MacOS to third-party iOS developers who will then be able to move their own apps to the Mac App Store.

SEE: Apple's iOS 12 is an essential update.

Keeping you secure and guarding your privacy. Getting Mojave versions of your favorite iOS apps is cool and all. But the one thing that may impact you the most in Mojave is Apple's ongoing efforts to protect your privacy online, especially around preventing browser fingerprinting. Mojave's Safari web browser will prevent data companies from tracking you across the web through your browser fingerprint by presenting a simplified system configuration. Apple is also limiting how social media elements on a webpage can track you. Like and Share buttons and comment fields on a webpage can track you whether you click them or not. With Safari, you will need to opt-in to each social element so it can't track you without your permission.

Keep it dark. From YouTube and Gmail to Firefox, it seems like every app has an optional dark mode. With Mojave, you can now finally turn off the lights and switch to a dark mode to bring your content to the front while moving everything else into the background. The dark theme is available in all the built-in Mojave apps -- including Photos and iTunes -- and third-party apps can use the mode as well if their developers take advantage of the theme.

Cons

iTunes frustration.From selling movies to managing your music, iTunes tries to do it all. Thank goodness it doesn't try to manage our iOS apps anymore. But having one app manage your songs, TV shows, movies, audiobooks, and podcasts can make you crazy. iOS takes a more sensible approach, splitting iTunes into individual apps for music, video, and store purchases, so you know where exactly to look for your items.

Limited iCloud backup. Take backing up your Mac files, for example. To make a local backup, we have the useful Time Machine utility. But simple backup to the cloud -- like what iOS offers through iCloud Backup -- is lacking. While Mac users can use third-party tools for remote backup -- I love Carbon Copy Cloner -- a built-in method from Apple that uses iCloud would be welcome.

Limited collaboration through iCloud. While you can collaborate with others on Keynote, Pages, and Numbers files, iCloud really is designed to give you as an individual a place in the cloud to store your files. If your goal is to share and collaborate with others, Google's cloud service may be a better way to go.

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Bottom line

Unlike the past few updates -- which have felt a bit underwhelming as far as interesting new user features -- MacOS Mojave comes with a nice collection of updates and new capabilities that make the Mac look and feel fresh and keep a tighter hold on your privacy. And with the addition of a handful of Apple's iOS apps, the Mojave update may signal what's in store for the Mac.

 
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Publisher Apple
Publisher web site http://www.apple.com/
Release Date June 04, 2018
Date Added June 04, 2018
Version 10.14.1
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Operating Systems & Updates
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac
Additional Requirements None
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