Apple has introduced “macOS High Sierra” at the much-awaited WWDC 2017. Endowed with several neat features like incredibly faster Safari and more productive Mail, the all new macOS is claimed to be enormously productive. Hence, it’s apt to take a closer look at macOS High Sierra features to have crystal clear view about it.
“macOS High Sierra delivers important forward-looking technologies and new opportunities for developers wanting to tap into the power of machine learning and create immersive VR content on the Mac,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “The core technology innovations in macOS High Sierra, combined with our advances in hardware, will continue to push the Mac forward in exciting new ways.”
macOS High Sierra Features
The latest macOS is compatible with these devices:
iMac (Late 2009 & later)
- MacBook Air (2010 or newer)
- MacBook (Late 2009 or newer)
- Mac mini (2010 or newer)
- MacBook Pro (2010 or newer)
- Mac Pro (2010 or newer)
Lightning Fast Safari
Safari has become incredibly fast in High Sierra. It’s claimed to be the fastest browser in the latest macOS version. The web browser will automatically block Autoplay videos to speed up web browsing.
Safari has got an Intelligent Tracking Prevention in order to keep unwanted ads at bay. With the use of machine learning, it is able to “segregate” tracking data across sites.
Mail now displays important messages at the top. It has split view for composing mail messages more comfortably. What’s more, it uses less than 35% disk space for storing mail.
Photos have got a good-looking sidebar and a better filtering menu for finding photos. Face names have been synchronized across devices.
Photos now boast of a number of top-notch editing tools such as Curves for fine-tuning color and contrast.
You will now be able to selectively edit color.
You now have the option to selectively edit color. It’s able to synchronize layers to other photo apps.
New File System
Apple File System has replaced HFS as the new default. With the native encryption, it offers more safeguard to your files.
Other important features like crash protection, instant file, and directory cloning make it very useful.
Metal 2/ Supports VR Content
The latest version of macOS comes with new version of metal for graphics that’s called Metal 2. Moreover, High Sierra also supports VR content that allows developers to create amazing gaming, 3D and VR content on the Mac.
“Drawing on the performance of Metal 2 and the latest Mac hardware, macOS High Sierra adds support for VR content creation for the first time, enabling developers to create immersive gaming, 3D and VR content on the Mac. Leading VR companies are joining Apple to drive VR innovation on the Mac with features coming later this year — Valve is optimizing their SteamVR platform for macOS and enabling connection of the HTC Vive headset, while Unity and Epic are bringing their VR development tools to macOS. Also later this year, Final Cut Pro X will add support for professional 360-degree workflows with the ability to import, edit and export 360-degree video.”
The developer beta of macOS High Sierra has been released today, while public beta is to be released later this month.
Want to try out the beta on your Mac? If you have a developer account, you can download and install macOS High Sierra beta to take it for a spin in advance.
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