Apple’s next major update to its main computer operating system, MacOS, is coming this fall. The update is named Mojave, and it will cost nothing to upgrade.
Mojave brings a slew of changes to Apple computers, but the biggest change of all is something more subtle: Some apps from the iPhone/iPad (iOS) will work on MacOS. It’s the latest example of Apple blurring the lines between its two main computer ecosystems – iOS and MacOS – and it starts with Voice Memos, Apple News, Stocks, and Home, all new apps coming to the Mac with Mojave.
Some iOS developers will be able to bring over their apps to MacOS, enabling for easier interoperability between the two versions.
Before introducing this major change, Apple senior VP of software engineer Craig Federighi explicitly pointed out that this shouldn’t be misconstrued as the “merging” of iOS and MacOS.
“Are you merging iOS and MacOS?” he said. “I’d like to take a moment to briefly address this question.”
“No, of course not. We love the Mac, and we love MacOS, because it’s explicitly created for the unique characteristics of Mac hardware,” Federighi said.
That said, starting in 2019, some iOS app developers will be able to move over their app to the MacOS platform using new tools created by Apple.
But that’s not the only change coming in the next version of MacOS – here’s a breakdown of everything Apple showcased, from “Dark Mode” to a major new privacy push: