Initial macOS Mojave thoughts

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Apple announced macOS Mojave June 2018 1and Mojave became available September 2018 2.

Today, November 25th 2018 I upgraded to macOS Mojave.

While it has been less than 12 hours, so far all seems to have gone well with the upgrade from macOS High Sierra on my MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2018).

While writing this, I began the upgrade to Mojave on our iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, 2017).

What follows are the initial thoughts spanning from the announcement through today and the past ~8 hours post-upgrade…

Dark Mode

When Mojave was announced, I was skeptical of Dark Mode.

From the announcement:

macOS Mojave users can switch to Dark Mode to transform their desktop to a darkened color scheme, putting the focus on user content (emphasis added) while controls recede into the background.

Historically, applications 3 4 5 have provided “focused” content, not the operating system.

I questioned, How will Dark Mode help me get my work done?. The jury is out… I don’t know yet. What I do appreciate so far is the attention to detail in the various shades of grey to provide contrast against window elements and control elements.

Stacks

On occasion my desktop does become riddled with documents of various kinds. This is particularly true when the day is busy and fast paced while working with colleagues. Prior to Stacks, my personal system was to create a folder on my desktop and push files into it with the idea that I would follow-up later to sort through them (delete or organize).

I have Use Stacks enabled. Let’s see if this helps me procrastinate by virtue of the illusion of organization or if Stacks prompts and encourages me to delete or organize these desktop files and folders.

Screen capture

It is the same functionality, somewhat, that was already available (Shift-Command (⌘)-4and/or Shift-Command (⌘)-4 + Spacebar).

  • Capture entire screen
  • Capture an application window
  • Capture a selected portion of the display

The difference it seems to me is that there is now some attention given by way of an intuitive user-interface (Shift-Command (⌘)-5) 6 and a hovering post-capture thumbnail in the lower corner of the display.

Okay, so maybe Apple has refined the basic underlying capability.

I’ve been using Shift-Command (⌘)-4 + Spacebar for as long as I can remember. Historically speaking, I’m not even sure when Shift-Command (⌘)-4 ... became available.

Dynamic Desktop

This provides me no direction value in getting my job done; or does it? I’ll have to wait and see, however I like the idea of this visual queue and indication of the outside world. I always have my face buried into my computer display for a multitude of reasons. I can image that a simple visual indication would be relaxing to me as the outside world that I exist in has progressed in time; ie, I’m not looking out a window to see it myself because I’m getting stuff done.

The desktop picture changes throughout the day, based on your location.

I’m guessing this psychologically has a positive impact on me since I think I’m going to enjoy it.

Applications

As far as Apple News is concerned, I couldn’t care less about it. News has become so politicized that major news outlets have developed reputations for being a proxy public relations company for certain political persuasions.

As far as Stocks is concerned, happy to see the information now in an App-form. Stock information was already available in macOS under Notifications as a widget. Now it seems the new App is associating stock tickers with business news via Apple News.

As var as Voice Memos is concerned, happy to see it available. Essentially means that while in a meeting the Mac may be used to capture the audio of the meeting. This is good for meeting objects follow-up and thoroughness.

As var as Home is concerned, I’m not currently doing home automation, so I don’t immediately care about it. Knowing that it is there for when I do want it is assuring.

Group FaceTime

While I am hopeful for this to work well, it only seems valuable (at the moment) with other Apple products – meaning I don’t know yet how, if at all, enterprises will be able to seriously leverage this communications tool. As I understand it, FaceTime is not available on Windows or Linux.

Mac App Store

Couldn’t care less about it.

Privacy and Security

My privacy and a secure computing platform are of the utmost importance to me.

Many of the items highlighted in macOS Mojave as security enhancements should have been addressed long ago. I’m glad to see Mojave is the debut of these enhancements. Now will be the time to see how well they actually work (or not).

Anecdotal observation while using Brave web browser 7 and Safari 12.0.1 on Mojave 10.14.1 shows that Brave still does a better job at limiting advertisements. This is not evidence that tracking is better controlled, but does help prevent unwanted and annoying banners, click-bait and potential security threats caused by clicking on a compromised link (advertisement).

Continuity Camera

Continuity camera looks interesting, but I have no idea what I would use it for, either professionally or personally. When I take a photo with my iPhone, the image is disseminated via iCloud Photos to all of my devices. Of course that does require an active Internet connection. I guess Continuity Camera will work locally without the requirement for an active Internet connection (?).

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