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Apple Seeds Ninth Beta of macOS Mojave to Developers

Apple today seeded the ninth beta of an upcoming macOS Mojave update to developers for testing purposes, one week after releasing the eighth beta and more than two months after introducing the software at the Worldwide Developers Conference.

macOS Mojave introduces a new method of installing software updates, so after you've installed the initial beta using the appropriate profile from the Developer Center, additional betas can be downloaded through opening up System Preferences and choosing the "Software Update" icon.

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Apple's macOS Mojave update introduces a systemwide Dark Mode, with Mojave users able to choose between a light theme or the new dark theme, which changes the color of the dock, menu bar, apps, and other elements. Dark Mode is accompanied by Dynamic Desktops, aka wallpapers that subtly change throughout the day. Additional wallpapers were introduced in the fourth and fifth betas.

Stacks, a new desktop organization system, keeps all of your desktop files neat and organized, while Finder has been enhanced with a Gallery View, a Sidebar, a revamped Quick Look option and Quick Actions, so you can do more in the Finder window than ever before.

Screenshots can now be edited using Markup tools and a new management options that also allow for easy screen recording, while Continuity camera, a new feature, allows you to import photos and document scans directly from an iPhone or iPad to the Mac.


The Apple News, Stocks, Home, and Voice Memos apps have been ported from iOS to macOS as part of a multiyear project Apple is working on to make it easier to bring iOS apps to Macs, and Apple has introduced several new privacy protections to keep your data safer than ever.

Apple is also making it harder for websites to track you with a range of new Safari tools, and it's also easier to make and store secure, hard-to-guess passwords for each and every website.

Apple has added an entirely revamped Mac App Store to macOS Mojave that makes it easier to discover apps with a featured section and specific categories for games, creative apps, productivity apps, apps for developers, and more.


macOS Mojave was initially supposed to include a Group FaceTime feature that includes support for chatting with up to 32 people at one time, but it was removed in macOS Mojave beta 7 and the feature won't be available until later in the year.

macOS Mojave is available to developers and public beta testers to work out bugs and other issues ahead of an upcoming fall public release.


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16 weeks ago

Dark mode is awesome

Dark mode is a personal matter of preference like any other background, wallpaper.
Rating: 12 Votes
16 weeks ago
Dark mode is awesome
Rating: 11 Votes
16 weeks ago

Anyone using Mojave on a space grey 12” MacBook? I just wondered how the dark mode mixed with the space grey looks:)

Also those that have downloaded it, how are you finding dark mode? It’s something I’m looking forward to.

DM is so much better on my old eyes...
Rating: 8 Votes
16 weeks ago

Anyone using Mojave on a space grey 12” MacBook? I just wondered how the dark mode mixed with the space grey looks:)

Also those that have downloaded it, how are you finding dark mode? It’s something I’m looking forward to.

dark mode is over rated its to dark it just looks odd trust me
Rating: 8 Votes
16 weeks ago

Anyone using Mojave on a space grey 12” MacBook? I just wondered how the dark mode mixed with the space grey looks:)

Also those that have downloaded it, how are you finding dark mode? It’s something I’m looking forward to.

Dark mode is fine, I've been using it all of the time since the latest several beta versions.
Rating: 7 Votes
16 weeks ago
heres an oldie from feb 2007. its a variation of a theme called v23 I created. Mac theming was pretty popular after OS X first appeared and sadly died out with the release of snow leopard and apple making it difficult to get to the gui parts.
the current os gui resembles a guikit I created in 2006. and v23 even had disappearing scroll bars.



Rating: 6 Votes
16 weeks ago
Even if the Dark Mode is the major new feature, the performance gain is something which shouldn't be neglected as well.
Rating: 6 Votes
16 weeks ago

Alright, now that we had all the dark mode commentary out of the way, let’s get back on topic.

Looking forward to see new apps developed and many to be updated and ready for release.

Curious, a question for Devs. Do you ever find when coming up for an app idea that maybe your upc King app has already been served and done well? How do you overcome the feeling that your app will not be successful against a well entrenched competing app/dev/dev-team?!

Thanks.


I use my overwhelming narcissism.
Rating: 4 Votes
16 weeks ago

I used the dark mode for 2 days, after that I switched back to the classic(light) mode. I found the DM more straining to my eyes...


I've just come back from 3 months away, using only my MacBook with Mojave on it, and when I first used my iMac, my automatic thought was… Is this a Mac?

I've become so accustomed to Dark Mode, I feel like non-Dark Mode is needlessly trying to blind me.
Content is king. Interface can get further out of the way without any problems.

I have always wanted Dark Mode and Apple's done a pretty good job here. I suspect you might not be inclined to Dark Mode and that's fine, there's still Light Mode, but give it more time, you might see the advantages.

One suggestion, turn up the brightness. I tend to run older (even Retina) displays bright because they aren't up to modern standards.

I find I love Mail with black background and white text. Plain text is great reversed. Page layout is different, most pages are on white paper, but Mail, Notes, Contacts seem much better Dark.

Now if only I can get Apple to make highlight colours brighter again, dull highlight colours don't work for me… yes I like dark and bright where necessary.
Rating: 3 Votes
16 weeks ago

Are these options available on the Touch Bar? i think it would help if they optimised it for Mojave.

Yes they are. It works great on my MBP running Mojave
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