Apple unveiled macOS Mojave 10.14 at their Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC 18) on June 4, and the initial beta of the upcoming Mac operating system has been available to developers since that day.
If you’re wanting to see what all the hullabaloo is about, and want to try out Mojave’s new Dark Mode, the Home app, Stacks, and improved security features on your Mac, there are ways to try it out before the official release this fall.
Be advised, using a beta isn’t for the faint of heart, and we definitely don’t recommend installing it on your daily-use Mac. But, if you’re up to it, you can try out the beta now.
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How to Get macOS Mojave
As mentioned above, the developer beta of macOS Mojave is available now. But you’ll need an Apple Developer Program membership, which requires an Apple ID and $99.
In a few weeks and a few beta seeds from now, Apple will release a free beta version of the new macOS to members of Apple’s Beta Software Program. You can visit the site and sign up for the beta program, and you’ll be able to download the public beta of macOS Mojave when it becomes available. (You’ll also get access to iOS 12 when it becomes available to public beta testers.)
While there are ways to obtain the Mojave beta download, we don’t recommend them, as you run the chance of installing malware on your Mac, or worse, the file may not be validated and could corrupt your install.
Check your Mac’s Compatibility
Before doing anything, make sure your Mac is compatible with macOS Mojave 10.14. The new OS is compatible with Macs introduced in mid-2012 or later, plus 2010 and 2012 Mac Pro models with Metal-capable graphics cards.
To check your Mac, click the Apple icon in the upper-left hand corner of your Mac’s Desktop and click the “About This Mac” menu option. A window will appear, telling you the model year of your Mac, and it’s core specs.
Once again, we warn you not to install macOS Mojave on the Mac you use every day. If you must install it on your daily driver, install it on a separate partition on your Mac.
Backup! Backup! Backup!
Before you install macOS Mojave, be it on your second Mac, your daily driver Mac, or on a new partition, backup your hard drive. Use Time Machine or your favorite backup utility, but have a recent backup before doing anything listed below.
Create a New Partition and Install macOS Mojave
To create a new partition on your Mac, do the following:
- Launch the “Disk Utility” app.
- Select the disk you want to partition from the left-hand panel (it’s usually the top option and is likely named “Macintosh HD”).
- Click the “Partition” button at the top of the window.
- Click “Partition” (as opposed to Add Volume) if Disk Utility doesn’t automatically make that choice.
- Click the “+” button below the Partition Layout diagram.
- Choose a size for the new partition by dragging to resize the wedge of the pie chart that represents your hard drive (MacOS Mojave is said to be 4.8GB, but give your new OS some elbow room, and set up a larger partition, whatever you feel you can give up from your macOS High Sierra installation) give the new partition a name, like, macOS Mojave Beta Test.
- Leave the Format as “Mac OS Extended (Journaled, Encrypted)”.
- Click “Apply” and wait for the new partition to be created, it should only take a few minutes, tops.
Use a Virtual Machine
If you’re not feeling bold, but you still want to play with the upcoming new version of macOS, you can always install it in a virtual machine. You can use Virtualbox, VMware, Parallels Desktop Lite, or other virtual machine solutions.
You’ll find that the performance of macOS Mojave in a virtual machine isn’t quite up to the speeds of it running on a physical Mac, but it’ll give you a taste of Mojave without needing to put your current Mac install and its data at risk.
However you choose to install and run macOS Mojave 10.14 on your Mac, we wish you luck. Enjoy!
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Download Note: If you already have Mojave installed in your mac and what to update to the latest version download 'Update for Mojave 10.14 or later'. If you can any previous version of macOS installed on your mac (Sierra, High Sierra or any other) click on 'Update for any previous macOS' to download the appropriate file for you.
Put your best work forward.
Dark Mode is a dramatic new look that helps you focus on your work. The subtle colors and fine points of your content take center screen as toolbars and menus recede into the background. Switch it on in the General pane in System Preferences to create a beautiful, distraction-free working environment that’s easy on the eyes — in every way. Dark Mode works with built-in apps that come with your Mac, and third-party apps can adopt it, too.
A desktop whose time has come.
Introducing two new time-shifting desktops that match the hour of the day wherever you are.
A really neat way to manage files.
Stacks keeps your desktop free of clutter by automatically organizing your files into related groups. Arrange by kind to see images, documents, spreadsheets, PDFs, and more sort themselves. You can also group your work by date. And if you tag files with project-specific metadata, like client names, sorting by stacks becomes a powerful way to manage multiple jobs. To scrub through a stack, use two fingers on a trackpad or one finger on a Multi-Touch mouse. To access a file, click to expand the stack, then open what you need.
New ways to view. More ways to do.
With macOS Mojave, the Finder becomes even more of a doer. Now you can quickly locate a file by how it looks. Instantly see all of a file’s metadata. And perform Quick Actions on files without ever opening an app.
Work on a file without even opening it.
Now a tap of your space bar provides more than just a quick look at a file. It gives you the power to perform actions specific to the kind of file you’re viewing — without ever launching an app. So you can mark up a PDF, rotate and crop an image, even trim audio and video. And when you’re ready, you can share right from Quick Look, too.
Screenshots are now a snap.
With macOS Mojave, all the controls you need to grab any type of screenshot are one simple shortcut away. Just launch the new Screenshot utility or press Shift-Command-5. An easy-to-use menu includes new screen-recording tools and options for setting a start timer, showing the cursor, and even choosing where you’d like to save your screenshots. Take a screenshot and a thumbnail of it animates to the corner of the screen. Leave it there to automatically save it to the destination you’ve chosen. You can drag it directly into a document or click it to mark it up and share it right away — without having to save a copy. It’s more than easy; it’s clutter-free.
Add everyone to the conversation.
With macOS Mojave, you can jump on a FaceTime call with up to 32 people. Invite anyone to join a call anytime it’s in progress. And the same call can include both audio and video callers. So you and your friends or colleagues are able to connect using whatever device is closest at hand — Mac, iPhone, iPad, even Apple Watch.
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Committed to keeping your information yours.
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Gallery View: With Gallery View, you can scroll through big previews of your files to visually identify the one you’re looking for. So finding that image of the smiling girl by the Ferris wheel or the PDF with a colorful pie chart has never been faster.
Quick Actions: With Quick Actions in the Preview pane, you can work on files right from the Finder. Rotate images, create PDFs, trim video, and more — without having to open an app or rename and save your file. You can even apply them to multiple files at once, or create a custom Quick Action based on an Automator workflow.
Complete Metadata: Metadata provides the key details of any file. Now the Preview pane can display all of a file’s metadata, or you can customize it to show just the metadata you want to see. So if you’re looking for a specific image, you can quickly confirm the camera model, aperture, exposure, and more.
- Adds support for Group FaceTime video and audio calls, which support up to 32 participants simultaneously, are encrypted end-to-end for privacy, and can be initiated from a group Messages conversation, or joined at any time during an active call.
- Adds over 70 new emoji characters, including new characters with red hair, gray hair and curly hair, new emoji for bald people, more emotive smiley faces and additional emoji representing animals, sports and food.
MacOS Mojave delivers new features inspired by its most powerful users, but designed for everyone. Stay focused on your work using Dark Mode. Organize your desktop using Stacks. Experience four new built-in apps. And discover new apps in the reimagined Mac App Store.
- Experience a dramatic new look for your Mac that puts your content front and center while controls recede into the background.
- Enjoy new app designs that are easier on your eyes in dark environments.
- View an ever-changing desktop picture with Dynamic Desktop.
- Automatically organize your desktop files by kind, date, or tag using Stacks.
- Capture stills and video of your screen using the new Screenshot utility.
- Find your files visually using large previews in Gallery View.
- See full metadata for all file types in the Preview pane.
- Rotate an image, create a PDF, and more — right in the Finder using Quick Actions.
- Mark up and sign PDFs, crop images, and trim audio and video files using Quick Look.
- Photograph an object or scan a document nearby using your iPhone, and it automatically appears on your Mac.
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- Browse handpicked apps in the new Discover, Create, Work, and Play tabs.
- Discover the perfect app and make the most of those you have with stories, curated collections, and videos.
- Search with lyrics to find a song using a few of the words you remember.
- Start a personalized station of any artist’s music from the enhanced artist pages.
- Enjoy the new Friends Mix, a playlist of songs your friends are listening to.
- Block Share and Like buttons, comment widgets, and embedded content from tracking you without your permission with enhanced Intelligent Tracking Prevention.
- Prevent websites from tracking your Mac using a simplified system profile that makes you more anonymous online.
- Read Top Stories selected by Apple News editors, trending stories popular with readers, and a customized feed created just for you.
- Keep your favorite topics, channels, and saved stories up to date on your Mac and iOS devices.
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- Create a customized watchlist and view interactive charts that sync across your Mac and iOS devices.
- Browse business news driving the markets curated by Apple News editors.
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- Make audio recordings, listen to them as you work with other apps, or use them in a podcast, song, or video.
- Access audio clips from your iPhone on your Mac using iCloud.
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- Organize and control all of your HomeKit accessories from your desktop.
- Receive real-time notifications from your home devices while you work.
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