MacOS High Sierra: Everything You Need To Know

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But instead of announcing an all-new system with an all-new name, it announced MacOS High Sierra.

It comes as Apple is poised to unveil a Siri-powered internet-connected speaker to rival Amazon's Echo and Google Home.

It is completely 64-bit, has native encryption, crash protection, instant file and directory cloning, fast directory sizing, and parallelised metadata operations.

Apple's latest operating system, macOS High Sierra, will bring several incremental improvements to Apple's own apps as well as a significant file system overhaul behind the scenes to make Cupertino's laptops and desktops more responsive. Apple's description of Metal 2 lists the goodies expected in Metal 2, including GPU-driven pipelines, enhanced machine learning, and support for virtual reality rendering on external GPUs. Apple will make the finished version available as a free download for all Macs that support Sierra this fall.

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Apple senior VP Craig Federighi introduced MacOS High Sierra at the annual Apple developer's conference, WWDC. For better navigation and organization, Photos sports an expanded sidebar and photo filtering by criteria, as well as new curated Memories that include weddings, pets, and more. The main updates to the OS centered on privacy improvements in Safari, Apple's web browser. An External Graphics Developer Kit gives developers all the hardware and software they need to optimize their apps. Initially only available to developers, this could be the start of a VR revolution on Macs. Specifically, HTC and Valve's Vive headset was shown off; it can be used with SteamVR, which is getting ported to MacOS (that's the VR version of the world's largest game platform, Steam). The Safari is undoubtedly the most frugal browsers but Apple went all the way and boldly claimed that Safari is the fastest browser across all benchmark tests including the likes of Jetstream.

Photos receives important tweaks that should interest many types of users. And your messages will be context-sensitive: if someone says "You owe me $20", that'll show up with a nice little underline and automatically prompt you to select Apple Pay from your auto-complete bar. Dubbed as macOS High Sierra, the latest iteration is can be described as a "tock" in a "tick-tock" scheme of OS updates. Safari's new Intelligent Tracking Prevention will remove tracking data that allows third parties to access your browsing history.

IDC estimates that Apple shipped about 3.6 million watches during the first three months of the year. The Mac will also get improved photo management, including new editing tools and better face recognition to help you search your photo library.

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