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4 June 2018

At Apple's Worldwide Developers' Conference today, the company unveiled macOS 10.14 Mojave and iOS 12, both of which it plans to release this fall.

The new desktop operating system will only run on Macs shipped after 2011, the company said. The new iOS operating system will run on iPhones from the 5s, iPad from the mini 2 and the iPod touch 6th generation.


Highlights of the new macOS release include:

  • System-Wide Dark Mode provides a subdued option resembling the Lightroom interface to the brighter gray used in macOS. You will be able to apply Dark Mode to Mail, Messages, Maps, Calendar, and Photos. And the company will release a developer API so third-party apps can tap into it too.
  • Photos will tap into machine-learning technology to automatically mine people and places data to create Memories, Suggestions, Sharing (with people recognized in the photo) and more, much as Google Photos' Assistant does now.
  • Gallery View in the Finder provides a scrubber to quickly preview image and video files, which can be rotated and trimmed.
  • Sidebar in the Finder displays metadata for photos.
  • Quick Look can now rotate or watermark a photo, among other tasks.
  • Screenshots will include on-screen controls for every option, many of which have been accessible only as keyboard shortcuts. Screen recording will also be possible.
  • Continuity Camera lets photos or documents captured with your iOS device appear nearly instantly in documents looking for them on your Mac.
  • Photo Places Search can find images based on more generic search terms like "Italian restaurant" and specific events like "World Cup 2018."

iOS 12

Highlights of the new iOS release include:

  • Raw Photo Editing has been extended to the iPad Pro with Raw import and management functions extended to both iPads and iPhones.
  • Improved Portrait Mode will better distinguish between the subject and background.


It's worth noting that many Mac users are still waiting for a reliable release of macOS 10.13 High Sierra, which shipped last fall, refusing to upgrade from macOS 10.12 Sierra until a number of serious issues have been addressed.

And it isn't likely that macOS 10.14 Mojave will tempt them to leap frog versions, given it promises to drop full support for 32-bit apps, although the beta apparently still runs them.

The features we outlined above appeal primarily to the naive user who has not already, as a matter of doing business, found solutions to the problems they address. But Apple has been deaf to the needs of its more sophisticated users for some time now.

Toss into the mix the troublesome new laptop keyboards on the MacBook Pro models and it seems there's never been a better time to be grateful for what you alrady have and pass on the new-and-improved until it's mature and proven.

That, experience shows, could be a while.

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