Review: macOS Mojave

I installed macOS Mojave shortly after it was introduced at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June. There are a few features in Mojave that made the upgrade really great for me, so I’d like to tell you a bit more about those.

As with most Apple operating system updates, Mojave has many great new features. I’m usually drawn to the ones that can help me in my everyday use of my Mac, but there is one feature that doesn’t really fit into that category that I love—Dark Mode.

When I first installed Mojave, I decided to give Dark Mode a try. I knew I wouldn’t like it, but I tried it anyway, just to say I did. That was in June, and I’ve never gone back.

There is something about working in Dark Mode is calming for me. I wish I could pinpoint what it is, but I just can’t. Perhaps it’s that I’m able to focus better on the work I’m doing, or maybe it’s as simple as the screen not feeling so bright. I’m not sure, but I really like it.

The only oddity I found in Dark Mode is in some colors, especially in my Calendar app. I have my work calendar set to orange, so it’s easy to pick out important events. However, with Dark Mode, the orange has turned into a yellowish color. It’s a small thing, for sure, and I’m used to it now, so it’s not a big problem.

Dark Mode is really helpful for looking at Photos because all of the colors seem to pop. There is no brightness from the app or desktop fighting for your attention, so you are focused on the image, which is lovely.

One of the other features that helped me quite a bit is Desktop Stacks. My desktop is typically a disaster. I have files and images all over the place, usually doubled or tripled up on the desktop because there are so many of them.

Stacks organizes all of those files into groups. This makes your desktop clean, but you can still find all of your files if you need them. You can scrub through the files by placing the mouse over a Stack and then use two fingers to move left or right. When you find the file you want, just double-click to open. You can also click on a Stack, and it will expand showing you all of the files it contains.

Apple has brought several of its iOS apps to the Mac in Mojave. Apple News, Stocks and Voice Memos are all part of Mojave. I like what Apple is doing here, but the real story is not that these apps are available on the Mac, it’s that Apple has developed a way to bring iOS apps to Mac.

This is going to be an exciting thing to watch in the coming months, as developers are able to bring their iOS apps to the Mac too. Some of these apps will make sense, and others won’t—it will be fun to watch as it unfolds.

The Mac App Store is being updated in Mojave, and I can’t wait to see how this goes. The update will include more editorial content, similar to what we’ve seen with the iOS App Store.

I am a big fan of what they did with the iOS App Store, featuring apps and developers in a way that’s interesting for the user. It’s actually content as opposed to a simple description written by the developer describing what the app does.

The Mac App Store has new tabs that are going to help you find the type of app you’re looking for right away. The categories on Discover, Create, Work, Play, and Develop—there’s also a Categories and Update tabs so you can dig a bit deeper into the store and keep your apps up-to-date.

Apple’s focus on privacy is something we all appreciate, and they are expanding those protections in Mojave.

We’ve all seen those social networking buttons embedded in websites. Those buttons can be used to track your web browsing, even if you don’t interact with them. Mojave blocks these buttons from being able to follow you across websites.

Mojave is also providing users against a tracking method known as fingerprinting. Essentially, when you visit a website, it gathers information about your machine. Advertising companies use this data to try to uniquely identify your machine, but Apple is doing something about that too.

Apple will provide those websites with general information about your computer, so it basically looks like every other computer. This will reduce a tracker’s ability to identify us.

Thanks for that, Apple.

There are a lot of other really great features in macOS Mojave from Home Automation to Machine Learning and password control, but the ones I talked about are the features that most impacted my look at Mojave.

Mojave is a very fast operating system with many features that will help you in your daily life. It is certainly a worthwhile upgrade for all Mac users.