Apple next major revision to its Macintosh operating system is
called macOS Mojave. The company revealed the
update at its 2018 Worldwide Developers
Conference in June, and it features several user interface
improvements to make the experience on the Mac better.
In this FAQ, we’ll give you the general details on macOS
Mojave: When it will be release, what Macs are compatible, etc.
We’ll add more details to this article as they become
Editor’s note: Updated 12/5/18 with the release information
for macOS Mojave 10.14.2.
The latest: macOS Mojave 10.14.2 now available
Apple on Dec. 5 released version 10.14.2 of macOS Mojave.
According to the release notes, the update of the operating
system includes support for real-time text for Wi-Fi calling,
the ability to open articles in Safari from the News app, and a
bug fix for iTunes that allows media to be played on
The release notes also detail the following enterprise updates:
Allows administrators to enable FileVault via MDM for mobile
accounts and users created by MDM.
Allows users to reset their login password at the login
window when that password has expired via a password policy.
Resolves an issue that prevents displays from working when
connected to MacBook Pro models introduced in 2018, if
certain third-party USB graphics devices are also connected.
You need an internet connection to perform the installation.
You should save your work first, and backup your Mac. To update
to macOS Mojave 10.14.2:
In macOS Mojave, click on the Apple menu and select
About This Mac.
Click on the Software Update button. This will
open the Software Update system preference.
Software Update will check for Mojave 10.14.2. An
Update Now button will appear when it sees it.
Click it and the update will download and then install.
Your Mac will need to restart to finish the installation.
When will macOS Mojave be released?
MacOS Mojave was released on September 24.
How can I get macOS Mojave?
Apple will make macOS Mojave available through the Mac App
Store. The download will probably be over 2GB, and the
installation will take several minutes, so use a reliable
internet connection and be prepare to not be able to use you
Mac for anything else other than the installation. Updates to
Mojave will happen through the Software Update system
preference, a change from previous versions that did updates
through the App Store.
How much will macOS Mojave cost?
What version is macOS Mojave?
Officially, it’s macOS 10.14 Mojave.
Which Macs are compatible with macOS Mojave?
- MacBook (Early 2015 or newer)
- MacBook Air (Mid 2012 or newer)
- MacBook Pro (Mid 2012 or newer)
- Mac mini (Late 2012 or newer)
- iMac (Late 2012 or newer)
- iMac Pro (2017)
- Mac Pro (Late 2013, plus mid-2010 and mid-2012 models with
recommended Metal-capable GPU)
If your Mac isn’t on this list, you can continue to run macOS
Sierra or High Sierra.
What are macOS Mojave’s major new features?
The features that Apple highlighted during WWDC focused on the
user interface. They’ll make your Mac easier and more efficient
to use. Here’s a list of some of the new features. Click on the
link to get more information, including instructions on how to
use the feature in macOS Mojave. (If there’s no link, we’re
working on the article and will post it soon.)
Apple had touted Group FaceTime as a new feature, but with the
seventh Mojave developer beta, the company announced in the
release notes that Group FaceTime will not be available in the
initial release of Mojave. It will be available as a software
update later in the fall.
Group FaceTime will allow you to perform a group chat with up
to 32 people at the same time, either audio or video. The
feature works on both Mojave Macs and iOS devices running
What other macOS Mojave features should I know about?
The features listed above will have the greatest appeal, but
there are a lot of other features in Mojave that you’ll find
- Siri will have several improvements, including the ability
to control HomeKit devices from your Mac and the ability to use
Find My iPhone.
- Safari will have Favicons in tabs and
intelligent tracking protection.
- Quick Look will have editing tools.
- Apple Mail will support emojis and be able
to suggest a mailbox in which to file an email.
- Enhanced support for passwords, including the ability to
automatically create strong passwords, autofill of passcodes
sent via text, and password auditing.
- APFS format support for Fusion Drives.
- eGPU support on a per-application basis.
One feature that’s going away in Mojave is Back to My Mac,
which allowed users to remotely access other Macs. Learn more about what you can
use instead of Back to My Mac.
Is macOS merging with iOS?
No, and Apple was emphatic about that. But Apple did announce
at WWDC that they are working on giving developers that ability
to more easily port their iOS apps over to macOS. In fact,
Mojave has three new apps that were originally iOS apps, and
they were brought over to macOS using the new framework. Apple
says that they are planning to have the iOS-to-macOS tools
available in 2019.
What new apps are in macOS Mojave?
As mentioned above, Mojave has three new apps that were
originally iOS apps: Apple News, Stocks, and Voice Memos.
There’s also a new Home app for managing internet-of-things
The Mac App Store isn’t a new app, but it gets a major redesign
that makes it look more like the iOS App Store.
Can I try the macOS Mojave beta?
Developers can get a beta of macOS Mojave through the Apple
Developer Program. The developer beta costs $99 per year.
Apple also releases a free beta to the general public. Since
the software is beta, it isn’t as reliable as
officially-released versions to the general public and it could
cause problems on your Mac. The public beta is a few cycles
behind the developer beta, so they’re not the same. Learn more about the macOS
Mojave public beta program.
If you try out the beta and decide later that you don’t want to
use it anymore, you can go back to macOS High Sierra.
You can continue to participate in the beta program after the
Mojave golden master has been released. You’ll get beta
versions of the Mojave updates.
Why is the new macOS called ‘Mojave’?
Apple names macOS after California locations, a method adopted
in 2014 with
OS X Yosemite. In case you’re wondering, it’s pronounced
“Mo-HA-vey.” Mojave is a national
preserve in the area between Los Angeles and Las Vegas,
In 2015, Apple decided to switch from calling the Mac operating
system “OS X” to “macOS.”