Apple's new iOS 12 features shared AR experiences, less interruption

Posted June 08, 2018

He added that one of Apple's key missions with Mac has always been to extend its capabilities and leverage latest technologies.

New features include a new dark mode, "desktop stacks" - which allows users to organise desktop icons into, well, stacks, new additions to Finder and support for iOS apps, including News, Stocks, Voice Memos and Home. Apple has redesigned Mac App Store which brings new sections for easy ease of use.

Mojave will be a free download later this September and will be compatible with Macs introduced in mid-2012 or later, plus 2010 and 2012 Mac Pros with Metal-capable GPUs.

macOS Mojave will reach all users by the end of this year, although developers will have access to a Beta version before everyone else. While macOS already features an optional dark mode it now only applies to the dock and menu bar rather than program interfaces, but Mojave will enable users to darken every part of the OS, including System Preferences, Messages, Mail, Photos, Apple Music and Xcode. The Xcode 10 has a dark mode, but the video shows that the trash icon is also dark, suggesting that a system-wide change is incoming with macOS 10.14. macOS 10.13 now has a partial dark mode that can be switched on, but the changes only apply to the menu bar and dock.

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The new Dark Mode transforms a users desktop to a darker colour scheme, putting the focus on user content while controls recede into the background. When possible we'll compare macOS Mojave to macOS High Sierra specifically so you can see those changes.

For those seeking further productivity, you'll now also be able to mark documents or tweak files or make slight changes to files inside of Quick Look. Xcode will also feature a Dark Mode theme, said Apple.

Sensor Tower also estimated that current measuring apps have been downloaded more than 2 million times worldwide, and the most popular measuring app, AR MeasureKit, accounts for almost a quarter of those downloads. The feature will allow users to scan or take a photo with an iPhone and then immediately edit that on the large screen of MacBook.

Now that the News app is on macOS, I wonder if news publishers will use Apple News more. These new systems have features created to prevent the usage of secret trackers with which users' online activities can be monitored.

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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 previous year. The WWDC 2018 event also revealed that Microsoft is going to launch Office 365 in the new store, and the Adobe will launch Lightroom CC through it as well.

Cupertino computing giant Apple used its 2018 WWDC developers' conference to double down on digital health initiatives.

Another new macOS feature is Stacks. Apple has expanded Keychain and other security features so as to include Camera, Microphone, Safari data and much more.

Many of iOS's privacy protections are coming to the Mac as well. There will also be additional privacy tools in the Safari web browser, he said. The new weekly activity summary will give users deeper insight into how they use their phones.

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