Apple's software improvements could make AR as universal as iOS

Nichole VegaJun 07, 2018

Among all the underwhelming announcements of new features for its operating systems at the WWDC keynote, Apple did have something interesting to share with developers wondering about building apps for macOS and iOS. With High Sierra focusing on performance, it was time that the next release of the OS introduced some major new features to the table.

What are all the new features in MacOS Mojave?

"I think some of us are going to turn on dark mode just because it's so cool", said Apple SVP Craig Federighi.

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.

Location services can also be used to determine the state of the feature, which means an iPhone could be set to Do Not Disturb mode during school hours and then switch back to normal notifications when a child returns home. The Dark Mode feature ties in with the Mojave name as Apple explained how the desert looks attractive at night, and so does Dark Mode in macOS.

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 past year. The sections are named as Discover, Create, Work, Play, Develop, Categories, Updates. "We're using advanced algorithms to make AR even more engaging and on-device intelligence to deliver faster ways to get things done using Siri".

The Mac App Store has been completely redesigned.

Finder has received a few new tools, including a new Gallery View that has a big preview up top and thumbnails across the bottom, as well as new Quick Actions that let you rotate, markup, or access more files with more context. This mode also shows all the image metadata and quick actions available right in-front of you.

Apple is bringing Stacks to the desktop of macOS Mojave. A tool called Stacks groups files of the same type into stacks on the desktop. "Users can also explore new Create, Work, Play and Develop tabs to find the flawless app for a specific project or objective - from music, video and photography apps to business utilities and games". "We are excited to usher in a new era for the Mac App Store with a attractive new look, unique editorial content and emphasis on human curation that complements the ways people are using their Macs today".

On the security front, macOS Mojave does more to keep users' private data private. This includes Stocks, News, Home and Voice Memos. For the sake of clarity, transactions taking place within mirrored software do not need to use in-app purchase, provided the transactions are processed on the host device. Plus, it's getting iCloud syncing so it'll work well across all your devices.

To see how the initial release of iOS 12 beta fares on older iPhones, YouTube channel EverythingApplePro filmed a speed test comparing the latest release to iOS 11.4, on the iPhone 5S, iPhone SE, iPhone 6/6S, iPhone 7, iPhone 8 and iPhone X.

We already knew that Dark Mode would be coming to the operating system, which can now be found on the company's lineup of notebook and desktop PCs.

For developers, the porting process will deeply involve UIKit, which will soon support macOS as a target platform.

Developers will have access to this feature in 2019 and it's clear even from this distance that bringing the best of iOS to macOS could revive the app ecosystem over the coming years. With Group FaceTime, you can make a group video call comprising of up to 32 people.

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