Apple is bringing iOS apps to the Mac - sort of

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If you have not yet watched the Worldwide Developers Conference, you might want to check it out online.

New features include a new dark mode, "desktop stacks" - which allows users to organise desktop icons into, well, stacks, new additions to Finder and support for iOS apps, including News, Stocks, Voice Memos and Home.

MacOS Mojave will be fully available in the coming months for Macs introduced in mid-2012 or later, plus 2010 and 2012 Mac Pro models with recommended Metal-capable graphics cards.

macOS Mojave will reach all users by the end of this year, although developers will have access to a Beta version before everyone else. "In Mojave, we're extending these protections to include your camera and your microphone as well as sensitive parts of your file system like your mail database, message history, and your backups-and all of this is protected by default on Mojave".

Another new visual feature in Mojave is "Dynamic Desktop", which changes the desktop wallpaper based on the time of day.

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With Dark Mode, it's not just the menu bar or the dock that's going black, but the darker theme is applied across the operating system as it's applied to the chrome around your windows, the side bars, and even content inside the windows, Federighi noted.

The first of macOS Mojave's new features is Dark mode.

Finder has also been updated, now featuring a never-before-seen Gallery View.

Apple also unveiled the app Shortcut, which allows users to create a shortcut for multiple functions - such as ordering a cup of coffee, finding the best route home, playing the right music and turning on your home thermostat - all with a single voice command via personal assistant Siri.

"It turns out that these can be used to track you, whether you click on them or not". For those unaware, Federighi is the senior vice president of software engineering at Apple and he heads iOS and macOS engineering teams. These apps have been ported from iOS over to MacOS as an example of how to utilize the updated APIs.

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Apple is bringing more third-party applications to its Mac App Store, and rival Microsoft will be one of the first software vendors to jump on board.

The company announced it is adding some of the framework from iOS apps to the macOS developer tools to make it far easier for developers to bring their apps to the desktop in future.

Apple has announced MacOS Mojave while at WWDC 2018.

≡ In Safari, enhanced Intelligent Tracking Prevention helps block social media "Like" or "Share" buttons and comment widgets from tracking users without permission.

Password management is also now improved on Safari with macOS Mojave. While many power users tend to have their desktops neatly organised, some users treat their desktop as a virtual dumping ground.

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Screenshots deliver new on-screen controls for easy access to every screenshot option and new video recording capabilities. This means you can bid goodbye to that clutter of images that you will see on your desktop.

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