Craig Federighi Explains How Macs will Run iOS Apps

06 June, 2018, 14:28 | Author: Patty Hardy
  • MacOS Mojave: All the Newest Features for the Mac

The first examples of iOS and macOS converging will come in this year's update to the Mac operating system, called Mojave.

On the other hand, if you were going into WWDC '18 expecting mind-blowing and groundbreaking new features, you might have felt that the keynote fell a bit short. Stacks is an easy way to collate files of the same file type you have scattered around on your desktop.

This isn't your regular "icon sorting" tool either, and the feature isn't named Stacks by accident. When the user clicks a stack, the icons expand automatically and allow the user to interact with each one.

As Apple CEO Tim Cook opened the WWDC 2018, he made it clear that this was an event for developers, who also formed the majority of over 6000 people who were in audience at the San Jose McEnery Convention Centre. And iOS developers will be able to port their apps to the Mac as early as next year. Discover With the new Discover tab, each week users can find in-depth editorial about the best Mac Apps through stories and collections and see what's most popular with top charts. It is also integrated together with iMessage, allowing members of the group chat to quickly drop in and drop out of the FaceTime call. Autoplay videos are notably something that are not yet available on the iOS App Store.

This Dark Mode lets users toggle between a light and dark desktop, and apps like Mail, Messages, Maps, Calendar and Photos all support the new look too. However, Apple did make some small steps toward this goal by adding four of its own iOS apps - News, Stocks, Voice Memos and Stock - to the Mac for the first time.

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Once you link your phone to your computer, many apps will have a new "Take Photo" option at your disposal (alternatively you can also use your iPhone to scan documents). A streamlined workflow enables easy screenshot sharing without cluttering the desktop.

Among the most intriguing updates in Mojave is the inclusion of additional privacy and security measures in Safari, where Intelligent Tracking Prevention will help to 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 their system configuration.

The App Store is getting a much-needed overhaul (as we previously reported) and takes its design cues from the iOS version (which was redesigned in iOS 11). That'll include the new News app, the Home app, and the audio recorder: they're all being ported over from iOS to macOS.

macOS Mojave will be available this fall as a fee update and is compatible with Macs introduced in mid-2012 or later, as well as 2010 and 2012 Mac Pro models with Metal-capable graphics cards.

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