After the successful launch of iOS 10 on iOS devices, Apple the tech-giant has launched the new macOS Sierra for the laptop users.
It’s yet another step in a long path to a grand unified theory of Apple operating systems, and it highlights increasing cooperation between Macs and other Apple devices and services. The code name for the first version of MacOS is Sierra, and it’s available as a free update to current Mac owners (for all Macs from 2010 or later, and a handful of 2009 systems), and will come preinstalled on Mac systems going forward.
The latest version of Mac OS Sierra is available for download since Sep 20, 2016.
The last couple of Mac operating systems upgrades, 2015’s El Capitan and 2014’s Yosemite, were less an overhaul and more a collection of handy features and enhancements. MacOS Sierra takes that a bit further, adding new features that are inspired by iOS or are designed to help Macs work better with iOS products, adding further incentive to keep your hardware inside Apple’s walled garden, which includes the iPhone, Apple Watch and Mac computers.
Siri integration tops the list, but Sierra also offers easy filling sharing via iCloud Drive, a universal clipboard, auto unlock via Apple Watch and Apple Pay on the Web.
All the standard things — weather, news, local shops and landmarks — work as expected. You can pin results, from sports scores to stock prices, to the notifications panel and see them anytime. That’s a handy extra if you find yourself looking up the same info over and over again.
Siri: Apple is making its voice assistant more useful in more places after the third party apps on iOS devices.
The most useful new trick with desktop Siri is for searching files, which you can do by type, by date, or by keyword. For example, you can easily call out all spreadsheets or all image files from the last two weeks with the word “screenshot” in the title. It’s a handy way to zero in on files, especially if, like me, you’re not very good at keeping files organized.
MacOS Sierra makes it easier for Apple Watch wearers to unlock their Mac, as entering the password is way primitive.
MacOS Sierra takes the two folders you likely use the most — Desktop and Documents — and syncs them with iCloud Drive so that any files you have stored there are accessible from your other iCloud Drive-enabled devices, including your iPhone, iPad, other Macs and even Windows PCs. That’s handy if you have; for example, a work and home Mac that you need to jump between easily.
MacOS Sierra understands you have multiple devices and the occasional need to share data across them. With Sierra’s awesome, new universal clipboard, you can copy text, a photo or video from one device and paste it on another device, either Mac to Mac or Mac to iOS device (or vice versa).
A handful of new optimized storage options can keep more files on the cloud, rather than on your physical hard drive. For example, MacOS can be set to automatically delete iTunes movies and TV shows that have been watched, keep larger mail attachments in the cloud, or to clear items from the trash folder after 30 days.
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