At WWDC 18, Apple announced the next version of MacOS would be called as Mojave. Broadly speaking, the new MacOS update is aimed at improving security and privacy. The biggest feature addition is Dark Mode which brings a dramatic new look to MacOS that puts the focus on user content. MacOS Mojave also features a new Dynamic Desktop that automatically changes the background picture to match the time of day.
The new Stacks feature is another noteworthy addition to MacOS Mojave, allowing you to organise even the most cluttered of desktops by automatically stacking files into proper groups based on the file type. Users can customise their Stacks to sort based on other file attributes like date and tags. Moreover, Finder also gets a significant update in macOS Mojave with an all-new Gallery View that lets users skim through files visually. Big changes are coming to screenshots, and the Quick look allows you quickly make changes to image and video screenshots.
The company is also tweaking its Mac App Store to get a completely refreshed look as well as rich editorial content that makes it easy to find the appropriate Mac app. We now have new and updated apps in the Discover tab, while tabs for Create, Work, Play and Develop help users find apps for a specific project or purpose.
In macOS Mojave, the iOS popular apps including News, Stocks, Voice Memos and Home are now available on Mac for the first time. It also said that it is officially adding iOS apps support to MacOS making it possible for Mac owners to install and run apps like Voice Memos, News, Stocks, and Home to the Mac straight from the iOS versions. Also of note that Adobe Lightroom CC and Microsoft Office 365 will soon be available on the Mac App Store.
Just Like iOS 12, FaceTime on MacOS makes it possible to chat groups of up to 32 users at once, and participant views are resized based on how active they are. The Participants can be added at any time, join later if the conversation is still active and choose to join using video or audio from an iPhones, iPads or Mac and even participate using FaceTime audio from Apple Watch.
Coming to the security, In Safari browser, enhanced Intelligent Tracking Prevention helps block social media Like or Share buttons and comment widgets from tracking users without permission. The Safari browser now also presents simplified system information when users browse the web, preventing them from being tracked based on their system configuration. Moreover, it automatically creates, auto fills and stores strong passwords when users create new online accounts and flags reused passwords so users can change them. However, new data protections require apps to get user permission before using Mac’s camera and microphone or accessing personal data like user Messages database and Mail history.
One of the biggest announcements at WWDC 18 was undoubtedly the next generation of watchOS. Dubbed as watchOS 5, Apple’s new watchOS version comes with lots of exciting new features for Watch fans, including Activity Sharing competitions, Auto-workout detection, Advanced running features, Walkie-Talkie, Apple Podcasts and third-party apps on the Siri watch face.
One of the most interesting additions, however, is the Walkie-Talkie feature that lets you communicate with voice and just a tap of the wrist. The feature can be activated between any compatible Apple Watch users around the world over Wi-Fi or cellular.
WatchOS 5 will once again give you loads of health and fitness-focused support, bringing challenges to groups of friends based on points achieved by closing rings, building on the Activity Sharing features already available. The Apple Watch gains automatic workout detection in watchOS 5 and gives retroactive credits for your activity competitions and rings. It works for the most popular workouts on Apple Watch, providing an alert to start the correct workout.
There are already 12 dedicated workouts on watchOS, but the latest version adds Yoga and Hiking, to track actual calories burned and exercise minutes earned. The Running modes get new features with watchOS 5, including a rolling mile pace metric that shows the pace for the immediately preceding mile, in addition to their average pace or current pace.
A new Siri watch face was also announced that uses machine learning to offer more predictive and proactive shortcuts throughout the day based on daily routines, locations and information such as heart rate after a workout, commute time with Maps at the appropriate time of day or sports scores for a favourite team. According to Apple, it will also support third-party apps such as Nike+ Run Club, Glow Baby and Mobike. Apple is also eliminating the need to say “Hey Siri” to wake up the voice assistant — you’ll be able to raise your wrist and talk to it.
Notifications are improved much in watchOS 5, with third-party apps can now have interactive controls and be used without needing to open the app. For example, a Yelp reservation notification will have the option to modify the time or change the number of guests from within the notification.
Other new features include a new Podcasts app, the ability to play background audio, and a customizable Control Center. Interestingly, Apple Wallet will also support student IDs from a handful of universities in coming months. The program launches with Duke, the University of Alabama and the University of Oklahoma this fall. Johns Hopkins University, Santa Clara University and Temple University will bring the capability by the end of the year.
Apple will be releasing watchOS 5 for the Apple Watch Series 1, Series 2, and Series 3 later this year. It’ll not be compatible with the first gen watch that was released in 2015.
Apart from watchOS 5, Apple also announced a new watch face to celebrate Pride, which Apple Watch users can download from the Face Gallery in the Watch app. The Pride Edition Woven Nylon band is updated with a new rainbow stripe to support the LGBTQ community. It also introduced new summer band colours in Marine Green, Peach and Sky Blue.