Are you ready for macOS Mojave?

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macOS Mojave

It’s that time of year again when leaves fall from the trees, football reigns supreme, and most importantly, when Apple releases its next version of macOS to the public. But what can you expect from this next OS release? Does it live up to the Apple hype?

macOS Mojave, 10.14, will pack a few new features:

  • Systemwide dark mode
  • The Mac App Store is re-designed
  • New privacy controls
  • Desktop Stacks
  • New Finder features:
  • –Gallery View
  • –Quick Actions
  • –Quick Look integrated with Markup
  • New screenshot tools
  • New Continuity Camera
  • iOS integration
  • –Home App
  • –Voice memos
  • –Stocks
  • Many under the hood updates

With this update, there are a couple of things to know before you plunge in to this upgrade.

If you are currently using the ‘Back to my Mac’ feature, it will be removed when upgrading to macOS Mojave.

The ‘Back to my Mac’ feature allowed you to remotely access your Mac from another machine. You could retrieve files and control your Mac remotely like you were sitting in front of it. This feature was removed due to a lack of use by the Apple community as a whole, but if this is a feature you rely on you will need to find an alternative to ‘Back to my Mac’. One option to remote control your Mac is to enable Screen Sharing, but it will take a bit of configuration on your firewall to get this to happen. The alternative is to use a commercial product like GoToMyPC, but that will run you about $35/month.

With Apple making its move to a 64-bit only OS, you will also start seeing notifications that 32-bit apps will not work in the next version of macOS 10.15, these notifications are similar to what you saw in iOS 10.3. Not to worry, your favorite 32-bit app will still function, but you may want to see if the developer has any plans to update the application to 64-bit or it might be time to find an alternative.

As with any major update like macOS Mojave, you will want to make a backup before you begin. Whether it’s an Apple Time Machine, Carbon Copy Cloner, or SuperDuper backup, it doesn’t matter, what does matter is that you do some type of backup. The one nice thing about Carbon Copy Cloner or SuperDuper, it actually makes a bootable clone that you can actually run you Mac from if the upgrade goes terribly wrong.

Regardless of what is being removed and the warnings about using a 32-bit app, macOS Mojave as an upgrade will breathe new life into your Mac. This release isn’t about new features, but making macOS as a whole, faster, more stable, and secure.


Author: Paul Kumagai

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