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I ended last years review of macOS High Sierra by lamenting its invisibility but praising the much-needed work it did on the macOS foundation. There werent a lot of ways to tell that a Mac was running High Sierra instead of Low Sierra, but Apple quietly replaced the file system and the systems window server and added (and later finalized) official support for external graphics, among a bunch of other tweaks. The yearly release cycle just kept Apple from actually building a whole lot of new features on top of that foundation.

Mojave, macOS version 10.14, takes the opposite approach. It still does some foundation-laying, especially around iOS apps, and it finishes up a few things that didnt quite get finished in High Sierra. But it also includes the biggest and most consequential changes to the Macs user interface, the desktop, and Finder that weve seen in years; some brand-new apps ported over from iOS; new automation features; an overhauled App Store; and significant improvements to small but frequently-used actions like taking screenshots or using Quick Look.

I recommended against upgrading to High Sierra right away because the operating systems early bugs werent offset by useful new features—Mojave has no such problem. Later betas and the GM build have been solid, and all the new stuff gives the Mac a serious and much-needed makeover. You should probably read the rest of the review before you upgrade, but its been quite a while since I liked a new macOS release this much.

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