MacOS Mojave: Apple releases eighth developer beta

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
available.

Updated 8/20/18: Apple on Monday released
the eighth developer beta of macOS Mojave.

Can I try the macOS Mojave beta?

Apple is currently on the eighth version of the macOS Mojave
developer beta, and the seventh version of the public 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.

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

iOS 12
.


Get more details on macOS Mojave’s major new features
.

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
useful.

  • 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.

Here are a few “hidden” features
in macOS Mojave
.

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.

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Just in case you were wondering whether iOS and MacOS would
ever merge. 

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
devices.

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.

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The Mac App Store in macOS 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.

When will macOS Mojave be released?

Apple does its major operating system releases in the Fall. So
expect macOS Mojave to be released around the end of September.

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?

It’s free.

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,
Nevada.

In 2015, Apple decided to switch from calling the Mac operating
system “OS X” to “macOS.”

What version is macOS Mojave?

Officially, it’s macOS 10.14 Mojave.

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