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Dark Mode on your Mac

Dark Mode on your Mac

One of the most exciting features of MacOS Mojave is the dark mode. Apple have already been dabbling with this - since Yosemite it's been possible to switch certain things like the menu bar and dock to a darker colour.

I'll be surprised if the majority of people who've found and switched that on haven't left it on permanently. Dark mode goes further, transporting window title bars and sidebars to the dark side.

It's really nice, although it is a little jarring when certain apps display their content with a white background. At this early stage, Textedit is still opening documents with a white background, although I expect that to change. Surprisingly, third party apps open with their window borders and sidebars in 'light mode'. I'd have expected all standard windows to be drawn dark when dark mode is in use rather than being something that developers have to enable. And of course many web pages will be displaying with a white background, although I hear that Safari's reader view sorts this out.

Another attractive feature of 10.14 is the dynamic desktop; a desktop that changes throughout the day. It's really neat, but you soon discover that dynamic desktop and and dark mode don't play together. If you switch on dark mode, you get a dark static desktop picture. If you want a dynamic desktop, you get light mode. I know I'm not the only person scratching my head over this because I found active forum threads when I went searching for answers. Maybe the solution is an enhancement to MacOS's Night Shift, where dynamic desktops run and the mode shifts from light to dark at sunset. Maybe the shift from light to dark is too much of a step for the system to automatically make while you're in the middle of writing a document. Maybe third party developers will experiment with these things. We'll see.

In the mean time, here's idownloadblog's take on dark mode.

What will the Mac be like in 2020?

What will the Mac be like in 2020?

You may have recently seen the gorgeous hunk of man that is Craig Federighi announce in no uncertain terms that the Mac and iOS were definitely not to merge. Which seemed a little like protesting too much as he then went on to explain how UIKit would be incorporated into the MacOS at some point.

I'm not clear about whether Mac owners will simply be able to go to the iOS app store and download and run anything they like within some kind of emulator, or whether developers will have to build an iOS version and a Mac version of their app from common code.

Bearing in mind that Apple's big innovations have been happening in iOS, only included in the MacOS years later if we're lucky, the cynic in me wonders whether this is simply an easy way for Apple to 'catch up a bit' and get apps like Home published for Mac with minimal effort. To be less cynical, they're probably finally conceding that it's a PITA to have to build and maintain separate apps for the two platforms. And making life easier for themselves as well as 3rd-party developers.

Jason Snell at Macworld takes a considered look at what Craig has had to say, and speculates about what the Mac will look like in two years' time.