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7/19/2018 5:04:36 PM | with 0 comments
The latest version of Apple’s macOS and watchOS are on the way, but what are the new features of the latest Apple operating systems.

For MacBook owners and Apple Watch enthusiasts, a new OS update is a bit like Christmas. Free of charge one of the biggest and coolest tech companies in the world sends you a whole bunch of new features to use with your favourite bit of kit. We here at Techscheme thought it would be a good idea to do a little preview of what to expect from the latest updates from our product partners at Apple.

macOS Mojave

Mac's are cool, we get that, but with Mojave they get a whole lot cooler. In Mojave Apple has introduced a new Dark Mode, essentially a colour switched version of your standard interface with black, rather than white, as the predominant colour. Apple says it's great for helping you to focus on your work.

The introduction of Stacks is a game changer for file management, you can group files on your desktop, even adding project-specific metadata for easy searching, hovering over the Stack with show you all the files included, while clicking will expand it.

You can now even edit files without opening them, a simple tap of the spacebar will let you perform actions specific to the type of file you're viewing. So you can easily markup a PDF and send it back for instance without having to load anything.

A ton of new features litter the macOS, screenshots have been made super easy, Continuity Camera pairs you iPhone and Mac shots seamlessly, FaceTime now lets you, group, call with up to 32 people and Apple News, Stocks, Voice Memos and the Home app for managing your smart home all make their macOS debuts on Mojave.
That’s just what we can cover here. Apple’s website will tell you more about macOS Mojave, but what we can be sure of is that this slick update is going to be a must for Apple fans.

watchOS 5

The success of the Apple Watch and smartwatches in general was a bit of a surprise in some sections of the tech community, but if we've learned anything from Apple it's that where they go people follow. The latest upgrade to watchOS refines, perfects and adds to the experience of owning an Apple Watch.

Two main things for the day-to-day use of you Apple Watch are the improvements to Siri and notifications. Siri uses machine learning to really get to know you, and with the addition of shortcuts, the more you use the AI the better it will get at proactively suggesting relevant content and shortcuts for you. With notifications, you can now respond to them within your favourite apps, just arrived at the airport? Check-in with Quantas. Stying later than expected? Extend your parking meter time with PayByPhone – easy.

The activity systems have seen some cool additions too. Activity competitions let you challenge a friend to a healthy 7-day battle for a bit of healthy competition… see what we did there? Workouts has seen updates that prompt you to start when it senses you moving and to switch it off in case you forget when you're cooling down. There’s also an advanced running feature that works like a pacesetter. You set a target, it’ll tap you on the wrist to let you know if you’re ahead, or behind, where you want to be.

Lastly, a few of the slightly more fun things to come to the Apple Watch through watchOS 5. Apple Podcast makes its debut appearance on the Apple Watch, the market-leading podcast app will let you get all your favourite shows while out and about. Then there's the Walkie-Talkie! You can now have quick and easy one-to-one conversations with anyone with a compatible Apple Watch. Perfect for finding a friend in a crowd. For more on watchOS 5 check out Apple’s website.

Alongside our partners at Apple, Techscheme can offer you up to 12% off the listed prices of all Apple tech and we let you spread the cost over up to 3 years. That means that you can enjoy these latest macOS and watchOS updates from a brand new piece of kit. If you want to find out more about how the employee benefits scheme works you can find that info here, and if you’d like your employer to check us out so that they can offer the benefit to you and your colleagues you can send them to the employer page.
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