macOS 10.14 Mojave - Everything you need to know!

With macOS 10.14 Mojave, Apple introduced extensive innovations to the Apple Mac in 2018 and prepared further innovations. Greater user safety was provided, graphics performance was increased or external options were permitted with eGPUs, the system-wide "Dark Mode" including dynamic desktop backgrounds was introduced, and much more. The use of iPhone and iPad apps on the Mac has also been prepared with the appropriate app formats. In this article I have summarized further information about macOS Mojave, the download, the wallpaper and some other subtopics.

Everything about macOS 10.14 Mojave: Here you will find information about what's new on the Mac, download sources, an app for creating a boot stick, downloading the Mojave desktop backgrounds and more.
Everything about macOS 10.14 Mojave: Here you will find information about what's new on the Mac, download sources, an app for creating a boot stick, downloading the Mojave desktop backgrounds and more.

What's new in macOS 10.14 Mojave?

One of the superficially biggest changes coming to the Mac, iMac, and MacBook with macOS 10.14 was Dark Mode. Even in the current versions of the Mac operating system, this dark mode ensures that windows, workspaces, buttons and more do not dazzle you. Instead of light gray tones, dark gray to black shades can be activated. This was accompanied by the dynamic wallpapers, which change their virtual light source or strength depending on the time of day – a desert dune was chosen as the motif under Mojave (see below).

Another innovation also affected the desk. Because this got stacks in which the files and folders stored on it can be classified. Since then, documents, images, videos, PDFs and more can be gathered together with stacks on the desktop. In addition, there were changes for the Finder and the “Quick Look” function. The Finder got a new gallery view and a sidebar for file metadata. The marking function and the insertion of signatures in Quick Look were also only made possible with macOS Mojave. Since then, images and videos can be edited in the quick preview.

There were even more improvements and changes, for example for the screenshot function, with which you can take screenshots, and for the cooperation of the Mac with other Apple devices. For example, faster processing of iPhone photos with the Mac was made possible via Continuity. Furthermore, as part of the first presentation of macOS Mojave during the WWDC18Keynote announced the first phase of iPhone apps usable on the Mac. It was to be a multi-year project. Some iPhone and iPad apps can be used since macOS 11 Big Sur; There were improvements in macOS 12 Monterey and macOS 13 Adventure. 

On top of that. macOS 10.14 Mojave introduced new access notifications and alerts to warn of possible sources of danger. We now know them well; at first they were pretty annoying. For example, access notices have been introduced for mail databases, Safari data, Time Machine backups, device backups, and the like. Security measures against “fingerprinting”, i.e. digital identity recognition, were also introduced. The Mac App Store got a new design and structure. In the background, "Metal" for rendering digital content and the matching "Create ML" for developers became active.

Here is more information about macOS 10.14 Mojave for the Apple Mac:

These Mac models are compatible with macOS Mojave

The Mac operating system macOS Mojave was not yet a real pioneer for the switch from Intel to "Apple Silicon" chips. These were only presented two years later. Nevertheless, the tendency is easy to recognize in retrospect. However, since macOS 10.14 was still designed entirely for Intel processors, the list of compatible Mac, iMac and MacBook models went back longer than for systems from macOS 11 Big Sur. For some model series, models from 2010 were still supported:

  • Apple iMac - Late 2012 and later
  • Apple iMac Pro - 2017 and later
  • Apple Mac Pro - Late 2013 or later
  • Apple Mac Pro – 2010 and 2012 models with Metal compatible GPU
  • Apple Mac Mini - Late 2012 or later
  • Apple MacBook Pro - Mid 2012 and newer
  • Apple MacBook Air - Mid 2012 and newer
  • Apple MacBook - Early 2015 and newer

Here is a more detailed post on the subject: Apple Mac, iMac, and MacBook – These models are compatible with macOS Mojave. In it I also go into how you can find out which Mac model you are actually using. In addition to the software solution (“About this Mac”), I show the corresponding model numbers of the compatible Apple computers.

Download macOS Mojave and create a boot stick

If you want to download and install macOS 10.14 Mojave or create a boot stick that you can use to install it on another Mac, there are different ways to do it. You can find long instructions on macOS Mojave Boot Stick here: macOS Mojave - Create a bootable USB stick with installer. Using the ANYmacOS app takes a little less time. With ANYmacOS you can download various systems from macOS 10.13 High Sierra as well as beta versions and create a bootable stick with them. It downloads directly from Apple's servers, so it's malware-free software.

macOS Mojave Wallpaper - Here are the desktop wallpapers

Every Mac system has its own wallpaper. This desk background ensures that the system is recognized at first glance. But if you want to use the Dune from the Mojave Desert on other systems or on a Windows PC or a Linux machine, then I'll be happy to tell you a download source where you can find high-resolution versions of the images. 10.9pixels offers a wide variety of desktop images, which, by the way, are supposed to highlight certain landscapes and regions in California starting with OS X 512 Mavericks.

At 512pixels you will find all standard backgrounds from Mac OS X 10.0 Cheetah and 10.1 Puma. And these aren't pixelated screenshots of old iBooks, they're 5K and 6K versions that also appear on  look great on modern, high-resolution displays. Up to High Sierra there is only one image each, from Mojave onwards there is one image for the light mode and one for the dark mode. There are four images for Big Sur as it marked the transition to the new systems with photos as well as digital creations. The way to the Mac wallpaper collection of 512pixels can be found with this link.

macOS Mojave manuals and guides

Here in the Sir Apfelot blog you will find numerous instructions, help and advice on macOS 10.14 Mojave. It's best to use the blog's search function to find what helps you. We no longer focus on that system, nor do we have a Mac to run it on. That's why there will be no more posts about it - and we may no longer be able to answer questions that come in via comments and e-mails. However, we are happy to help you with current systems. Should it still be about Mojave, take a look at these offers for manuals and instructions on Amazon:

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