Unveiled at the Worldwide Developers Conference is the next generation Mac operating system named as macOS Sierra. Apple decided to do away with the OS X name in favor of the new “macOS” name to bring the Mac operating system in line with iOS, watchOS, and tvOS. The underlying architecture and overall experience remains basically the same, but the name is now consistent with Apple’s iOS and watchOS. However, this latest version is about a lot more than just the name. Here’s what’s new with macOS Sierra.

1. macOS Sierra will be a free upgrade and works on any Mac dating back to 2010 and MacBooks and iMacs from 2009. Older hardware will still work with OS X 10.11 El Capitan, which you’re probably using now.

2. Another new feature in macOS Sierra is Siri integration, bringing Apple’s personal assistant to the Mac for the first time. Siri offers many of the same capabilities available in iOS, along with Mac-specific functionality like the ability to search through documents quickly to find files.

There’s also an option to pin Siri search results to the Today section of the Notification Center or to add them to documents to provide up to date information at a glance. Siri can also do things like search through Photos, set reminders, initiate FaceTime calls, and many more.

3. Picture in Picture comes to the Mac, too. As on the iPad, you can extract a video from a Web page and have it play on your macOS desktop without the surrounding Web page. The video stays playing, in the same position, even when you switch among multiple desktops.


4. The Finder gets some new additions — an option to automatically empty items from the trash after 30 days, and an option to put folders first when the Finder lists files and folders by name. Windows has had similar features for years, and they’re overdue on the Mac.

5. Automatic uploading to iCloud from your Desktop and Documents folders. Unless you turn this feature off, every file and subfolder in your Desktop and Documents folder automatically gets uploaded to your iCloud drive — a feature that may prompt you to buy more storage than the 5GB you get free. This means all the files you use most often will be instantly available on any Apple device or Windows machine that has iCloud installed. Sierra will also provide you on which files you might want to remove from your Mac and store entirely in cloud, downloading them when needed.

6. In Photos, computer vision and new deep learning algorithms allow the app to recognize people, places, and things in images using facial, object, and scene recognition, using the information to group images into intelligent collections and enable powerful search capabilities. A new Memories tab creates curated collections of past photos to resurface old memories, and there’s new Places album for displaying all photos on a world map.


7. Messages has rich links for previewing web content and watching video clips directly within the app, and it supports iOS 10 sister features like bigger emoji and Tapback options for quickly responding to messages with icons like a heart or a thumbs up. In iTunes, Apple Music is redesigned with a bolder look and a simpler interface to improve music discovery.

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This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Saturday, July 30, 2016 at 6:31:37 AM and is filed under Sweet Tech.

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