Key takeaways from Apple's WWDC 2018

Joshua Bennett
June 7, 2018

Apple has been focusing on new updates as it rolls out new software - last week its newest update of High Sierra operating system for Mac desktops included a slew of patches aimed at fixing 32 vulnerabilities - including six fixes for Apple's OS X El Capitan. From the screenshots, Dark Mode on macOS Mojave looks STUNNING.

A new "Dark Mode" transforms the desktop with a dramatic new look that puts the focus on user content.

The new Stacks feature automatically organises files into neat groups. Users can sort stacks based on date or tags. Here, you can scan through files visually. Finder also gets quick actions which allow you to do quick actions such as create password-protected PDFs and run Automator actions directly from it.

One other new feature introduced in iOS 12 is "Group Facetime": the ability to carry out encrypted group video calls in Facetime with up to 31 other people at the same time. Apple's Craig Federighi announced that developers will be able to port their existing iOS apps over to macOS. macOS apps use the AppKit framework and iOS apps use UIKit.

A big trend among the update is adding more capabilities to the ways Apple users quickly interact with documents and photos, like the ever-present Finder window.

In the case of macOS Mojave, the default wallpaper image is a attractive sand dune in the Mojave Desert, and with Dynamic Desktops enabled, users will see the sun slowly move across the sky during the day, taking their desktop wallpaper from day to night. In 2018, it has introduced dedicated topic buttons including Work, Play, Create, Discover and Develop.

Apple has not forgotten about data security and privacy either. You can follow your favorite publications from one app, control your HomeKit-enabled accessories via Home, and record Voice Memos for personal notes, interviews, meetings, and more, then access applicable files from your iOS devices. The redesign is similar to the changes to the iOS 11 App Store, highlighted by new editorial content for app discovery.

In light of recent privacy breach by social media giant Facebook, the new Mojave update will make it harder for social media sites from tracking users without permission.

This is because the macOS 10.14 Mojave Developer Preview is available to download and install right now.

The company is also taking steps to help users limit the amount of time they spend with particular apps and to fight back against the tactics Facebook and other companies use to repeatedly lure them back into their services.

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