Apple has unveiled sweeping changes to its operating system for Macbooks and iMacs.
On Monday the Cupertino firm unveiled the new software called Mojave – after the Californian desert – that will dramatically change the look of the operating system for its Mac line up.
Amid recent accusations that Apple had all but given up on its Mac lineup, with even some rumours suggesting that it was about to ditch macOS altogether and update iOS to run on computers, the firm has now publicly committed to giving its computers more attention and this new bumper update is the result of that.
Mojave will bring with it some radical new features that will let people use apps in new and innovative ways.
One of the most notable new features is a new tool that will allow iOS developers to port their apps into macOS, which should result on more apps being available in the platform overall.
As well as that update, Apple announced a host of very visual changes, including a new Dark Mode which lets users instantly transform menus and applications with a darker colour scheme making it easier to view files and content in a variety of environments or at different times during the day.
Apple is also adding its smart Dynamic Desktop that will automatically change the picture on the desktop to match the time of the day.
Perhaps one of the most useful new features is called Stacks, which instantly cleans up the Desktop by moving cluttered files that can become scattered across the screen into neat piles around the side of the display.
Stacks can also be customised so users can sort files by type or by other attributes such as date, size and tags.
Finder is also getting a big update in Mojave with an all new Gallery View that lets users quickly search through files on their Mac visually.
Other useful new features include Quick Look and Quick Actions.
Quick Look provides a full size preview of a file, allowing users to crop or rotate images, trim audio files and edit video without ever having to open an app.
Quick actions lets users add a password to a document or PDF right from Finder.
Aside from the visual updates, Apple has said it is making its Mac platform more secure.
A new update to Safari will see the addition of Intelligent Tracking Prevention, which will stop social media buttons such as ‘Like’ and ‘Share’ that are commonly found on websites from tracking users without their permission.
Safari will also stop sites from tracking users based on their system configuration and a new feature to help manage passwords should prevent users re-using passwords on multiple online accounts.
Apps will also need to get permission from users in order to access their microphone, camera or personal data.
“macOS Mojave is a major update that introduces powerful new features for a wide range of Mac users, from consumers to pros,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering.
“Dark Mode brings a dramatic new look to macOS that puts your content front and center, familiar iOS apps come to the Mac for the first time and the redesigned Mac App Store makes finding new apps easier and more enjoyable than ever.”
macOS Mojave will be released around September.