WWDC 2017: Apple reveals macOS refresh, High Sierra


Yes, Apple's unveiled its yearly update to its laptop and desktop software at WWDC 2017, revealing its latest mountain-inspired name and some of the features that you can look forward to later this year.

Mail is also getting an update in High Sierra, as it will use 35% less disk space to store messages.

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At WWDC, Apple also showed off an Apple TV update that will finally include Amazon streaming, previously the victim of a standoff between the companies. The best part though is that the Photo tags will be saved across devices and linked to your Apple ID.

HEVC (H.265) support. High Sierra supports the most common 4K video standard, for efficient decoding of ultra-high-resolution video content.

The default Apple Mail app has also been enhanced. This paves the way for virtual reality development on lighter-weight laptops and also opens up the possibility that Mac users will some day be able to plug in and play with VR headsets.

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The feature is one element of Apple's updated operating system, called High Sierra, Senior Vice President Craig Federighi told the audience in San Jose.

MacOS added High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC, also known as H.265) can compress video up to 40 percent more than H.264, that is now used for video compression.

High Sierra will be available properly in the autumn, but developers and the overly keen can, respectively, grab the beta today or the public beta later this month. The consumer electronics giant claims that High Safari is now the fastest browser in the world, outperforming rivals such as Google's Chrome and Microsoft's Edge; the latter a replacement for the more commonly known Internet Explorer.

macOS High Sierra CompatibilityHere's the macOS High Sierra compatibility list. In terms of software support, Apple has made a decision to bet on SteamVR.

One of the major sources of optimisation will come in the form of the new file system Apple had created for iOS - the Apple's File System (APFS), which will replace the existing Hierarchial File System (HFS).

Photo edits sync back to photo library from Photoshop or Pixelmator. Most notably, Apple is now using its own Apple File System, a move that should do a lot to speed things up in the file system. Expanded physical printing options are also being introduced, like third-party photo printing options.