MacBook With MacOS Mojave

MacOS Mojave Officially Released – Time to Upgrade

MacOS 10.14, also known as MacOS Mojave, has officially been released from Apple.  The update was released just a few minutes ago and brings a wealth of updates and changes to the Operating System.  It has been in beta testing since June after being announced at WWDC.

You can download it directly at this link

The update, which is available for just about every Mac device made in 2012 or later, can be found in the MacOS App Store under updates.  It is a hefty download so be prepared for about a 30 minute update cycle depending on your Mac’s speed and your download speeds.  Also keep in mind that you will not be able to use your Mac during the upgrade process so plan that into your schedule today when you plan on upgrading.

If you aren’t sure if your MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini, iMac, iMac Pro, or Mac Pro is going to get the update, check out my handy guide on which devices will have the update available to them.

Mojave brings a lot of new features and improvements to your Mac.  The most well documented feature is Dark Mode, a system wide feature that slowly transitions (or can be set as default) your apps and desktop from light to dark as you progress through the day.  Even the wallpapers transition throughout your day.

But that’s not all.  Stacks on your desktop comes with this update too. This keeps similar file types organized on your desktop so it is easier to find them in one place instead of hunting-and-pecking across your desktop.  You also have the ability to mark up screenshots with the markup tools in this update too.

The Apple News, Stocks, Home, and Voice Memos apps have been ported from iOS to macOS Mojave and are part of the standard build of MacOS 10.14.  All of these apps sync across both your MacOS and iOS devices so you will always have the freshest content no matter which device you happen to be on at the time.  Also, the new Apple Books app launches with this update with both a new look and a new name. This too syncs across your devices just like the old iBooks app did in previous MacOS builds.

As is well documented at this point, Group FaceTime will not a part of this release as Apple removed it from the MacOS and iOS beta build several build ago.  The Cupertino company has indicated that the feature will be coming later this year to both platforms and it is already in the iOS 12.1 beta build.  Don’t be surprised if we see a new beta build of MacOS 10.14.1 either later today or tomorrow which will bring that feature to your Mac.

 

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