6 Things To Expect From macOS 10.14
You won’t need the latest MacBook or iMac to get all the new perks of macOS 10.14
One of the keynote speeches that people look forward to every June at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is Apple’s. If you remember watching Steve Jobs discussing his new tech in his signature black turtleneck sweater and then running to the nearest tech shop after that, you can bet it happened around that time.
This year is no different, as people are still expecting new things from Apple. And if we’re lucky, we’ll get to hear about the new macOS 10.14. Its official name—much like other information about the OS—is still unknown and unverified, but it will probably have something to do with Cali-culture.
If your unit is any of the following, you’ll probably get the OS upgrade for free sometime in September or October:
- MacBook (late 2009 or newer)
- MacBook Pro (Mid 2010 or newer)
- MacBook Air (late 2019 or newer)
- Mac mini (mid 2010 or newer)
- iMac (late 2009 or newer)
- Mac Pro (mini 2010 or newer)
As usual, you’ll have to prep your unit for the upgrade and have at least 20GB of free hard drive space. Last year’s requirement was 14.3GB, so a little more that that is the safest best. Remember as well that upgrades need 2GB RAM with at least an OS X 10.8 already in use.
As mentioned, not a lot of confirmed information is available about the new OS, so people can only speculate about the things to come. Nevertheless, there are some exciting theories out there for macOS 10.14.
1. 64-bit apps
This one is basically confirmed as Apple announced in 2017 that all applications for the next OS would only be 64-bit. Their developer website read that starting January 2018, new apps submitted to the App Store must support this feature, while succeeding updates on existing apps must support 64-bit by June of this year.
In addition, the Cupertino-based company has started a warning in macOS High Sierra 10.13 when a 32-bit app is not optimized for the Mac.
2. Faster waking and unlocking
A report from Axios mentioned that Apple will make improvements in the waking and unlocking of Mac products. Hopefully, this will allow the execution of such commands faster and thereby minimize waiting time.
In light of the bug and vulnerability issues found in the current macOS system, as well as iOS 11, Apple is likely placing particular importance in the improvement of security and performance come macOS 10.14. Hopefully, hacking scandals will soon become a thing of the past.
4. More from iTunes
iTunes expanded to include TV and movies in 2005, but users have complained about the limited content available. To counter this and make their platform more competitive, it is possible that Apple Music and the iTunes Store will merge and rebrand to cater to a more single subscription payment-based system. At this point, however, it is unconfirmed whether or not this plan will make it by the next OS upgrade.
5. System-wide Dark Mode
Dark Mode is a setting that adjusts the color of the menu bar and the dock. This way, the translucent drop-downs of the dock and the menu bar are made darker.
While the feature has been made available since OS X 10.11 El Capitan, it’s likely that the upcoming upgrade will assume a system-wide Dark Mode, whuch will adapt the rendering of a website in reaction to its settings. However, Dark Mode will only be applied when requested by the user.
However, not all third-party apps—including some Apple applications—offer support for this feature. Developers usually have to opt into Dark Mode so that the apps won’t have the same translucent effect on their menus.
6. The merge of MacOS and iOS
In 2017, Bloomberg reported that Apple had plans to combine iPhone, iPad and mac apps as part of an undisclosed project known as Marzipan. Theoretically, the project would have allowed users to streamline their iPhones and iPads with their MacBooks or iMacs.
It isn’t clear whether or not Marzipan will ever come into fruition, but various online publications have claimed such to be possible. As for Apple, no confirmation has been made. In fact, the company has always worked on the idea that computers and mobile devices should remain separate as well as their operating systems.
However, with Google starting work on Fuchsia OS, which merges Android and Chrome OS, Apple might just have a change of heart.
Any and all of these features would be nice additions to macOS, but without Apple’s confirmation, we can only hope for the best. The good news is that WWDC 2018 is coming closer and closer.