Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

July 12, 2018
It’s time to get ready for macOS Mojave

It’s that time again when Apple is getting ready to release its new operating system, macOS Mojave (macOS 10.14). Apple’s CEO Tim Cook promised that this version would be “Choc full of new features inspired by pro users, but designed for everyone,” and that it would “Take Mac a huge leap forward.”

 If you have signed up for the beta program, it has been released so you can preview the new Mojave. When you sign up for the “MacOS Beta Seed Program,” you can begin sending feedback regarding the new operating system back to Apple. This is a critical process that is so useful because there will be many bugs found and fixed as these beta users become familiar with Mojave.

If you want to sign up as a user for the beta program, you can go here: “https://beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram/” (without quotes). Apple offers the beta software program for “iOS, macOS, and tvOS.

Does your Mac make the cut?

Every time a new Mac OS is released, I wonder if my MacBook Pro will make the cut and be able to upgrade to the new operating system. If not, it’s time for a new Mac. If so, I can get another year or so out of my Mac without worrying about having the latest software.

Here are the models and years that will be able to upgrade to macOS Mojave: iMac models from 2012 or later, iMac Pro (from 2017), MacBook models from 2015 or later, MacBook Pro models from 2012 or later, MacBook Air models from 2012 or later, Mac mini models from 2012 or later, Mac Pro models from late 2013 (plus mid 2010 and mid 2012 models with recommend Metal-capable GPU). Always a sigh of relief when I find out that my MacBook Pro will be able to upgrade to the new OS!

Some of the new features coming with the new Mojave operating system, “Desktop Stacks” will help us organize the files and folders located on our desktop. They will combine like files to help conserve space. “Dark Mode” will now take effect system-wide and on all apps. “Screenshots will also be made easier to take, similar to the way we do it on our iOS devices, and Safari gets another update giving us more control over cookies and what they can collect from our usage.

I’m looking forward to the new macOS Mojave. Last year when we upgraded to High Sierra, more emphasis was placed on privacy and security, instead of new features, but Mojave appears to make up for this with lots of new features to use.

For more than 15 years, Scott Lindsay has helped thousands of people better their skills, publishing more than 500 articles about Apple and Microsoft software, the computer and the Internet. You can reach Scott for comments or questions at ScottLindsay@live.com.

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