Hands-on with the new Home app & HomeKit Siri control on macOS 10.14

Thursday, 07 Jun, 2018

Apple Worldwide Developers Conference 2018 event was kickstarted with a keynote by CEO Tim Cook on Monday.

Developers will have access to this feature in 2019 and it's clear even from this distance that bringing the best of iOS to macOS could revive the app ecosystem over the coming years. The newest version of the company's desktop operating system is called macOS Mojave.

Thankfully, Apple did not disappoint in this regard as macOS Mojave comes with plenty of new features and enhancements.

In order to cutdown on desktop clutter (you know; photos, documents, spreadsheets, etc. strewn all over), Apple has introduced Desktop stacks.

Mac OS heads to the desert with new features and a new name. Desktop Stacks can automatically stack files on your desktop into clean groups based on file type, date, or tags.

You will now be given immediate access to screenshots to make edits, similar to on the iPhone in iOS 11. Today Lauren Goode of Wired has published a new interview with Federighi in which a few additional details are shared on exactly how porting apps from iOS to Mac will work. The Stocks app is also getting a massive update with integration of the News app. So, for instance, if you're working on a Pages document, and you need a photo of something that's nearby, you can activate Continuity Camera, take the photo with your iPhone, then immediately see that photo pop up in the document on your Mac. However, Apple did make some small steps toward this goal by adding four of its own iOS apps - News, Stocks, Voice Memos and Stock - to the Mac for the first time. There's really nothing more to add on that front other than that those of you familiar with these apps on the iPhone and iPad will be right at home with the "desktop" counterparts.

This week, Apple finally gave Mac developers and customers something they've been wanting for ages: a true "dark mode" for the Mac operating system, macOS. There are brand new tabs to Discover, Create, Work, Play, and Develop with curated app collections based on specific purposes.

This year it's augmented reality, Memojis and 32-person group FaceTime. The company also showcased graphics improvement with Metal API and Create ML, a new tool for machine learning training on Mac. This is one of the biggest updates for Mac in a long time but there seems to be little in store for developers. Last month, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman reported that Apple had a plethora of device refreshes in development, but added that none of them would be ready in time for a WWDC launch.