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macOS 10.14 Mojave Frequently Asked Questions FAQ

Article ID = 200
Article Title = macOS 10.14 Mojave Frequently Asked Questions FAQ
Article Author(s) = Graham Needham (BH)
Article Created On = 5th June 2018
Article Last Updated = 7th June 2018
Article URL = https://www.macstrategy.com/article.php?200

Article Brief Description:
Frequently Asked Questions about macOS 10.14 Mojave

macOS 10.14 Mojave Frequently Asked Questions

Q. When will macOS 10.14 Mojave be released?
A. Apple stated in their keynote speech at WWDC on the 4th June 2018 that it would be available in the autumn/fall of 2018.
Q. How much will macOS 10.14 Mojave cost?
A. It will be a FREE download via the Mac App Store.
Q. In our family/household/business the different Macs have different iTunes / App Store accounts on them. Do I have to download Mojave multiple times?
A. No. You can have more than one iTunes / App Store authorisation on a single machine. Use one of the iTunes / App Store accounts to authorise each computer in the family/household/business in turn to download and install Mojave (in the App Store application click on the "Purchases" tab).
NOTE: Mac App Store authorisations (for consumers) are different to iTunes authorisations. Mac App Store authorisations are unlimited whereas the iTunes authorisation limit is 10.
Q. How do I install Mojave on multiple computers?
A. Option 1: Download Mojave individually on each computer at ~6GB in size each time.
A. Option 2: Download the Mojave installer on one computer (at ~6GB in size), quit the installer and copy the installer to each computer's Applications folder that you want to install Mojave on.
A. Option 3: Download the Mojave installer on one computer (at ~6GB in size) and obtain the macOS Install Disc Image to use on each computer that you want to install Mojave on.
Q. Which Macs can I install Mojave on?
A. It is rumoured that only the following Macs are compatible with macOS 10.14 Mojave:
  • MacBook (Early 2015 or newer)
  • MacBook Air (Mid 2012 or newer)
  • MacBook Pro 13"/15" (Mid 2012 or newer)
  • Mac mini (Late 2012 or newer)
  • iMac (Late 2012 or newer)
  • iMac Pro (2017 or newer)
  • Mac Pro (Late 2013 or newer)
  • Mac Pro (Mid 2010/2012 but only with recommended/supported Metal-capable video cards/GPUs†)
† supported Metal-capable video cards/GPUs: Specific built-in Mac GPUs that support Metal:
  • Intel HD Graphics 4000/5000/5300/6000
  • Intel Iris 5100
  • Intel Iris Pro 5200
  • Intel Iris Graphics 6100
  • Intel Iris Pro Graphics 6200
  • Intel Iris Graphics 530/540/550
  • Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640/650
  • Intel HD Graphics 515/615/630
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M/650M/750M
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M/675MX/680MX
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 755M/GTX 775M/GTX 780M
  • AMD Radeon R9 M290/M290X/M295X
  • AMD Radeon R9 M370X/M380/M390/M395/M395X
  • AMD Radeon Pro 450/455/460/555/560
  • AMD Radeon Pro 555/560/570/575/580
  • AMD Radeon Pro Vega 56/64
Specific Mac compatible†† video cards that support Metal:
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 630 / 640 / GTX 750 Ti
  • NVIDIA GTX 680 / 760 / 770 / 780 / Titan / Titan Black
  • NVIDIA GTX 960 / 970 / 980 / 980 Ti / Titan X
  • NVIDIA GTX 1070 / 1080 / 1080 Ti
  • AMD Radeon HD 7750 / 7850 + HD 7770 / R7 250X + HD 7870 / R9 270X + HD 7950 / R9 280 + HD 7970 / R9 280X (1st Gen GCN)
  • AMD Radeon HD 7790 / R7 260 + R9 290X / R9 390X (2nd Gen GCN)
  • AMD Radeon R9 285 / R9 380 + R9 380X (3rd Gen GCN)
  • AMD Radeon RX 460 / RX 560 + RX 470 / RX 570 + RX 480 / RX 580 (4th Gen GCN)
  • AMD Radeon RX Vega56 / Vega64 (5th Gen GCN)
†† specific version of macOS, third-party driver software and/or an onboard ROM flash may be required to get the card to be Mac compatible - please check first before purchasing.

We at MacStrategy personally believe, and predict, that Apple will drop support for cheese-grater Mac Pros completely in macOS 10.16 or even as early as macOS 10.15 (due autumn/fall 2019), so you may want to watch spending large amounts of money to get a Metal supported video card for 10.14 Mojave, just to find Apple drops support for your actual Mac within 18 months!
Q. How can I check what specifications my computer has or graphics capability it has?
Q. Which Mac do I have?
A. You can check "Processor", "Memory" and macOS/OS X/Mac OS X "Version" by going to Apple menu > About This Mac > Overview tab if necessary (hint - clicking on the version number will give you the "build" number).
A. To check your Mac's "Model Name" go to Apple menu > About This Mac > Overview tab if necessary > check for the computer name in the top line e.g. "MacBook Pro" (this can only be checked with OS X 10.7 or later)
A. To check your Mac's model date version go to Apple menu > About This Mac > Overview tab if necessary > check the details after the Model Name e.g. "Early 2015" (this can only be checked with OS X 10.7 or later) - to be more specific and exact you can check what "Model Identifier" your Mac has by:
  • If you are running Mac OS X 10.6 or earlier go to Apple menu > About This Mac > click the "More Info…" button > (the System Profiler application will open) select "Hardware" in the top left > check what it says for 'Model Identifier' on the right.
  • If you are running OS X 10.7 or OS X 10.8 go to Apple menu > About This Mac > click the "More Info…" button > (the System Information application will open) select "Hardware" in the top left > check what it says for 'Model Identifier' on the right under 'Hardware Overview'.
  • If you are running OS X 10.9 or later go to Apple menu > About This Mac > click the "Overview" tab in the top left > click the "System Report…" button > (the System Information application will open) select "Hardware" in the top left > check what it says for 'Model Identifier' on the right under 'Hardware Overview'.
A. To check what graphics capability your Mac has:
  • If you are running Mac OS X 10.6 or earlier go to Apple menu > About This Mac > click the "More Info…" button > (the System Profiler application will open) select "Graphics/Displays" under 'Hardware' in the top left (click the triangle down if necessary) > click on the 'Video Card' on the right to see the technical information below.
  • If you are running OS X 10.7 or OS X 10.8 go to Apple menu > About This Mac > click the "More Info…" button > (the System Information application will open) select "Graphics/Displays" under 'Hardware' in the top left (click the triangle down if necessary) > click on the 'Video Card' on the right to see the technical information below.
  • If you are running OS X 10.9 or later go to Apple menu > About This Mac > click the "Overview" tab in the top left > click the "System Report…" button > (the System Information application will open) select "Graphics/Displays" under 'Hardware' in the top left (click the triangle down if necessary) > click on the 'Video Card' on the right to see the technical information below. With OS X 10.11 or later here you will also find whether your GPU supports "Metal".
A. To check your Mac's "Model Number" it is usually printed/engraved on the outside of the computer somewhere (it usually begins with the letter A or M).
Q. If there is no physical Mojave disc/USB thumb drive and I install Mojave but run into trouble what can I do?
A. If you downloaded Mojave from the Mac App Store: A. If your Mac came with macOS 10.14 Mojave:
Q. What new features does Mojave have?
A. See Apple's official macOS Mojave preview web page. MacStrategy's recommended features to note are:
  • Dark Mode
  • Finder Gallery view
  • Finder Complete Metadata sidebar
  • Finder Quick Actions - user customisable via Automator scripts
  • QuickLook markup tools and inline video trimming
  • Desktop Stacks
  • Recent Apps in the Dock
  • Dynamic Desktop - changes colour/brightness dependent on the time of day
  • New screenshot features including video capture (video capture previously buried in QuickTime Player!)
  • Redesigned Mac App Store
  • New login window
  • New open/save panels
  • Group FaceTime (up to 32 people at the same time) - requires iOS 12 or later or macOS 10.14 or later
  • Apple File System (APFS) now supports Fusion and normal hard drives
  • Continuity Camera - Photos app can access still shots and video captured from a nearby iOS device
  • Easily add emoji in Mail
  • Enhanced Siri including now being able to control HomeKit-enabled devices
  • UK English, Australian English, Canadian French, and Traditional Chinese for Hong Kong language options
  • Improved maps for China
  • Romanised keyboard input for Japanese
  • Answer with FaceTime audio
  • Mail suggested folders
  • Improved hard drive performance
  • UI language parity
  • Faster wake from sleep
  • Automator shortcuts in Touch Bar (Touch Bar MacBook Pros only)
  • Safari
    • Favicons in tabs - enabled via Preferences
    • Automatic Strong Passwords
    • Enhanced Tracking Prevention
    • Removed support for running legacy NPAPI plug-ins other than Adobe Flash
    • Improved CSS colour support - updated HSL and HSLA Syntax
    • Font Collections - added support for font collections in WOFF2 and TTC files
    • OpenType-SVG fonts - added support for defining letterforms in OpenType fonts using SVG
  • Desktop versions of iOS apps
    • News (available in the USA, UK, and Australia)
    • Stocks
    • Home
    • Voice Memos (including iCloud syncing of files)
  • New Privacy and Security features:
    • Apps trying to gain access to the camera or microphone on your Mac will require explicit permission
    • Enhanced Tracking Prevention in the Safari web browser including device fingerprinting reduction
    • Enhanced password/autofill features in the Safari web browser including automated strong passwords and password reuse warnings
NOTE: For the minimum system requirements of various new features see the relevant Q&A further down this page.
Q. Which Macs support Handoff/Continuity?
A. All Macs that support Mojave support the Handoff/Continuity features.
NOTE: Handoff/continuity requires an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with a Lightning connector and iOS 8 or later. The new Continuity Camera feature may require a newer version of iOS likely iOS 12 or later.
Q. Which Macs support the Metal 2 graphics engine?
A. The following Macs support Metal 2 but not all may support Mojave - see the Mojave supported Mac list above:
  • MacBook (Early 2015 or newer)
  • MacBook Air (Mid 2012 or newer)
  • MacBook Pro 13"/15" (Mid 2012 or newer)
  • Mac mini (Late 2012 or newer)
  • iMac (Late 2012 or newer)
  • iMac Pro (2017 or newer)
  • Mac Pro (Late 2013 or newer)
  • Mac Pro (Mid 2010/2012 but only with supported Metal-capable video cards/GPUs†)
† supported Metal-capable video cards/GPUs: Specific built-in Mac GPUs that support Metal:
  • Intel HD Graphics 4000/5000/5300/6000
  • Intel Iris 5100
  • Intel Iris Pro 5200
  • Intel Iris Graphics 6100
  • Intel Iris Pro Graphics 6200
  • Intel Iris Graphics 530/540/550
  • Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640/650
  • Intel HD Graphics 515/615/630
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M/650M/750M
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M/675MX/680MX
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 755M/GTX 775M/GTX 780M
  • AMD Radeon R9 M290/M290X/M295X
  • AMD Radeon R9 M370X/M380/M390/M395/M395X
  • AMD Radeon Pro 450/455/460/555/560
  • AMD Radeon Pro 555/560/570/575/580
  • AMD Radeon Pro Vega 56/64
Specific Mac compatible†† video cards that support Metal:
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 630 / 640 / GTX 750 Ti
  • NVIDIA GTX 680 / 760 / 770 / 780 / Titan / Titan Black
  • NVIDIA GTX 960 / 970 / 980 / 980 Ti / Titan X
  • NVIDIA GTX 1070 / 1080 / 1080 Ti
  • AMD Radeon HD 7750 / 7850 + HD 7770 / R7 250X + HD 7870 / R9 270X + HD 7950 / R9 280 + HD 7970 / R9 280X (1st Gen GCN)
  • AMD Radeon HD 7790 / R7 260 + R9 290X / R9 390X (2nd Gen GCN)
  • AMD Radeon R9 285 / R9 380 + R9 380X (3rd Gen GCN)
  • AMD Radeon RX 460 / RX 560 + RX 470 / RX 570 + RX 480 / RX 580 (4th Gen GCN)
  • AMD Radeon RX Vega56 / Vega64 (5th Gen GCN)
†† specific version of macOS, third-party driver software and/or an onboard ROM flash may be required to get the card to be Mac compatible - please check first before purchasing.

We at MacStrategy personally believe, and predict, that Apple will drop support for cheese-grater Mac Pros completely in macOS 10.16 or even as early as macOS 10.15 (due autumn/fall 2019), so you may want to watch spending large amounts of money to get a Metal supported video card for 10.14 Mojave, just to find Apple drops support for your actual Mac within 18 months!
Q. Does Mojave use Core Storage?
A. Yes. Disk Utility (in Macintosh HD > Applications > Utilities folder) gives you access to some Core Storage features and formatting.
Q. Does Mojave use Apple File System (APFS)?
A. Yes. See our separate Apple File System (APFS) article.
Q. Does Mojave support 32-bit applications?
A. Yes. See our separate macOS 32-Bit Applications To Be Unsupported In The Future article.
Q. I've heard Mojave includes something called System Integrity Protection (SIP). Will this stop me installing and using older software?
A. Possibly. See our separate article all about System Integrity Protection (SIP).
Q. I've heard Mojave includes something called Gatekeeper. Will this stop me installing and using older software?
A. No. You can configure Gatekeeper in one of two different ways:
  1. Mac App Store = only software downloaded and installed from the Mac App Store will run (highest security)
  2. Mac App Store and identified developers = only software downloaded and installed from the Mac App Store or that have been digitally signed by an authorised developer will run (medium security - default)
Q. Does Mojave have Rosetta? Does it run PowerPC applications/software?
A. Just like OS X 10.7 Lion and later, Mojave does not include Rosetta.
Q. Does Mojave include X11?
A. No. X11 on Mojave now uses install on demand. When you first launch an app that requires X11 libraries, you are directed to a download location for the most up-to-date version of X11 for Mac e.g. XQuartz.
Q. Does Mojave include Personal Web Sharing?
A. No. But the underlying software needed (Apache) is still included in macOS. However, you can no longer use Apple's own macOS Server to configure this so you will need to install/purchase third party products e.g. MAMP, VirtualHostX, etc, or get jiggy with Terminal commands for free.
Q. Does Mojave include Xgrid Sharing?
A. No. Just like OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion and later it has been removed.
Q. Does Mojave include Java?
A. No. Java is available to download from Oracle - see our Java article for more information and download links to obtain the latest free Java software.
Q. If I install macOS 10.14 Mojave and don't like it can I easily downgrade back to 10.13/10.12/10.11/10.10/10.9?
A. Unfortunately, depending on your Mac model it may not be very easy. We're working on an article about that - check back soon.

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