Monday saw the return of the Mac – and I’m not talking about Tyson Fury. (Yes, I will be shoehorning jarring references to computers and boxers into these blog posts at every available opportunity. Sorry, not sorry.)
Apple used WWDC to unveil the next version of macOS, called Mojave, and I think it’s managed the difficult feat of being almost more dull than the High Sierra update that came before it. (I realise the latter was another Snow Leopard-styled speed-focused update, but still.) So, what does it bring?
Mojave’s dark mode is something I would’ve got excited about years ago when I gave a fluff about desktop UI. (If we’re going way back in time, I used to be one of those people who re-skinned Vista twice a month and splashed Rainmeter widgets all over the desktop.) Apple has increasingly stifled users’ ability to customise the macOS interface over the years, which made me gave up on trying to do much with it. For as long as I can remember I’ve set my desktop wallpaper to a dark blue colour and turned off transparency effects to give it an uninspiring, yet practical look. It’s boring, but I’ve become accustomed to it – and it’s why I also won’t be activating Mojave’s new live wallpaper-style Dynamic Desktop gimmick.
Desktop stacks are another new feature that I won’t be making much use of, mostly because I regularly move files from the desktop to a folder or Trash to remain organised. I don’t use Safari, so I couldn’t give two hoots about its bolstered privacy credentials – though it’s good to see Apple taking this stance during a WWDC that saw it take multiple jabs at Facebook and ad companies. Mojave introduces the ability to annotate screenshots, which should come in useful for issuing quick instructions to colleagues without having to load up GIMP. I also like the look of Finder’s new “gallery view”, which seems to be Cover Flow on steroids.
Finally, Apple’s predictable move of bringing Apple News, voice Memos, Home and, Stocks from iOS to macOS isn’t one that will resonate much with Android users like myself. Even if I was still on iOS, those four apps are hardly anything to get excited about. Still, I enjoy the cross-platform functionality that comes with using apps such as Kindle, Spotify and Evernote on my MacBook and Note 8, so it’s a positive move for Apple device owners.
Overall, Mojave has continued Apple’s recent trend of introducing minor improvements while continuing to unify its mobile and desktop platforms, albeit in baby steps. As somebody who has no intention of ditching his Android device to reap the benefits of that, I’ll download and install Mojave with a now familiar degree of indifference.