macOS Mo­jave


Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - CONTENTS - By nidhi sin­gal @nid­hisin­gal

The all new macOS fo­cuses on user-in­ter­face and en­hanced safety fea­tures

It’s not just iPhone but Macs too will be re­ceiv­ing a soft­ware up­date later this year. “macos Mo­jave is a ma­jor up­date that in­tro­duces pow­er­ful new fea­tures Mac users, from con­sumers to pros,” says Craig Fed­erighi, Ap­ple’s Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent of Soft­ware En­gi­neer­ing.

Dark Mode

MacOS Mo­have will in­tro­duce Dark Mode. Users will be able to switch to Dark Mode to trans­form their colour scheme. This dark theme puts fo­cus on user con­tent while con­trols re­cede into the back­ground. The Dark Mode is

avail­able in all built-in Mac apps, in­clud­ing Mail, Mes­sages, Cal­en­der, Pho­tos. Ap­ple has also in­tro­duced a new Dy­namic Desk­top where the picture changes with the time of the day. It has also re­leased an API for devel­op­ers so that they can im­ple­ment Dark Mode in their apps too.

Desk­top and Fin­der

Ap­ple has fig­ured out a way to de­clut­ter the desk­top. This new fea­ture, Stacks, or­gan­ises desk­tops with one click. It stacks files into neat groups based on file types. For in­stance, all doc­u­ments will be stacked un­der one head, screen­shots in an­other, and so on. While one click can stack all the files to­gether, an­other can bring them back to their ear­lier place. You can cus­tomise Stacks to sort on the ba­sis of other file at­tributes like date and tags. Ap­ple has also im­pro­vised Fin­ger with an all-new Gallery View, al­low­ing users to skim through files vis­ually. The Quick Look shows a full-size preview of a file, al­low­ing users to ro­tate and crop images, mark up PDFs and trim video and au­dio clips with­out ever open­ing an app.

Group FaceTime

FaceTime is the pre­ferred video call­ing app among Ap­ple users as it works across de­vices. Sim­i­lar to iOS 12, Mac users will also be able to make a Group FaceTime call with up to 32 par­tic­i­pants. In­ter­est­ingly, par­tic­i­pant views are re­sized based on how ac­tive they are. What’s even more con­ve­nient is that par­tic­i­pants can be added at any time, join later and also join us­ing video or au­dio from iPhone, iPad or Mac — or even par­tic­i­pate us­ing FaceTime au­dio from Ap­ple Watch.

Pri­vacy and Se­cu­rity

Ap­ple has en­hanced se­cu­rity and pri­vacy fur­ther. In Sa­fari browser, the en­hanced In­tel­li­gent Track­ing Pre­ven­tion helps block so­cial me­dia “Like” or “Share” but­tons and com­ment wid­gets from track­ing users with­out per­mis­sion. Sa­fari now also presents sim­pli­fied sys­tem in­for­ma­tion when users browse the web, prevent­ing them from be­ing tracked based on sys­tem con­fig­u­ra­tion. Sa­fari now also au­to­mat­i­cally cre­ates, aut­ofills and stores strong pass­words when users cre­ate new on­line ac­counts and flags reused pass­words. New data pro­tec­tion re­quire apps to get user per­mis­sion be­fore us­ing the Mac cam­era and mi­cro­phone or ac­cess­ing per­sonal data like user Mail his­tory.

News, Stocks, Voice Memos

Handy apps, in­clud­ing News, Stocks, Voice Memos and Home, are now avail­able on Mac. In the News app ar­ti­cles, pho­tos and videos look great on the Mac dis­play; and users can fol­low their favourite pub­li­ca­tions from one app. Voice Memos makes it easy to record per­sonal notes, lec­tures, meet­ings, in­ter­views and song ideas, and ac­cess them from iPhone, iPad or Mac.

All-New Mac App Store

The Mac App Store gets a com­plete re­design with a new look and rich edi­to­rial con­tent. The new de­sign high­lights new and up­dated apps in the Dis­cover tab, while tabs for Cre­ate, Work, Play and De­velop help users find apps for a spe­cific project or pur­pose. A num­ber of apps from top devel­op­ers are also com­ing soon to the Mac App Store, in­clud­ing Of­fice from Mi­crosoft, Light­room CC from Adobe and more. Other new fea­tures i nclude Screen­shots on-screen con­trols for easy ac­cess to ev­ery screen­shot op­tion and new video record­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties. A stream­lined work­flow en­ables easy screen­shot shar­ing with­out clut­ter­ing the desk­top. The Con­ti­nu­ity Cam­era al­lows Mac users to take a picture or scan a doc­u­ment nearby with their iPhone or iPad and have it ap­pear in­stantly on their Mac.

macOS Mo­jave will be avail­able for free to all mid-2012 or later, plus 2010 and 2012 Mac Pro mod­els with rec­om­mended Metal-ca­pa­ble graph­ics cards in Septem­ber this year.

has fig­ured out a way to de­clut­ter the desk­top Ap­ple

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