Apple previews iOS 12, introduces macOS Mojave

Apple previews iOS 12, introduces macOS Mojave

It's time for the biggest developer conference in San Jose, California. Either way, something new will be announced and all eyes will be on Apple.

To more cheers from developers, Apple also announced a redesigned Mac App Store for the Mojave update, expanding a new look the company introduced to iPhones and iPads past year.

Apple's Tim Cook confirmed that the first developer beta of macOS Mojave - as well as its mobile counterpart, iOS 12 - will be available immediately.

It's been many years since the Mac App Store has been given some love, so it's fair to say this design overhaul is long overdue. It has received a full redesign including the addition of few new applications which are mentioned later in the article.

Now Mac users can toggle between two color schemes for their desktop displays. This time, the new macOS Mojave comes with a dark mode which turns the finder window into the black.

MacOS Mojave also sees the Mac App Store getting a redesign, with the overall look and functionality becoming closer to the iOS store, which was redesigned past year.

In the case of macOS Mojave, the default wallpaper image is a attractive sand dune in the Mojave Desert, and with Dynamic Desktops enabled, users will see the sun slowly move across the sky during the day, taking their desktop wallpaper from day to night.

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The dark theme feature is complemented by the new "dynamic desktop", which will cause the wallpaper to change according to the time of day. The new update will also bring other heavily requested features like desktop stacks, dark mode and auto-fill for two-factor codes. Users can also customise their Stacks to sort the clutter based on file attributes such as date and tags.

Will My Mac Get macOS Mojave? The Preview Pane now shows all of a file's metadata, making it easier to manage media assets.

Meanwhile, a new view in finder - Gallery View - will let users view an image of a file at the top of the screen, with the rest of your files placed in a strip below the main image. There is also a Quick Look to provide a full-size preview of a file, allowing users to rotate and crop images, mark up PDFs, or even trim a video or audio clip - all without opening an app.

Nothing much was revealed about this but The Home app, which controls your smartphone devices, is launching for the Mac as well.

One of the most notable new features is a new tool that will allow iOS developers to port their apps into macOS, which should result on more apps being available in the platform overall.

The Mac App Store is also getting a major overhaul, with a new-look UI, support for video and new "Create", "Work", "Play" and "Develop" tabs. They're doing this by bringing part of UIKit to macOS, starting with Apple's own iOS apps-News, Stocks, Voice Memos, and Home. It now looks a bit more like the iOS App Store, and will be completely compatible with macOS Mojave's gorgeous and compelling dark mode. Federighi also announced that the feature will be applied to basically all of the Mac's first-party apps.

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