At their Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple debuted a new version of the Mac operating system. Of course, with a new version, comes a new name. This time around it’s Mac OS High Sierra.
Starting off with Safari, one of the cool things that they are bringing to the table is Autoplay blocking. We’ve all been to those websites where you see a video and it starts playing on its own. Safari will automatically stop those videos from playing automatically(unless you click play on them).
Let’s say you are shopping for something online, you then go to another website and then you see an advert for that product on this other website. Safari has advanced tracking prevention.
Spotlight is also getting some improvements. Suppose you have to catch a flight. You will be able to type in your flight number, and see whether or not it’s scheduled to depart on time as well as the gate number.
Next, we have improvements to the built in mail app. You can now take advantage of split view so that you can view your inbox whilst creating a new email.
Moving onto the Photo management side of things. Apple’s photo management app (known as Photos) has also been tweaked a little bit. When importing photos or looking at what you have in your photo library, you will now see a more detailed side bar where you can see photos arranged by a person’s face, location or photos that were recently imported.
Let’s say you have taken a live photo. Well, you will be able to make it loop, meaning that you can turn it into a something that will automatically play itself over and over again.
Of course, you might have an app like photoshop to edit photos, you can then right-click and then choose to edit that photo in your app of choice.
Let’s talk a bit about the developer side of the story for a moment. Virtual Reality (VR) is something that the Mac has been lacking in for a while. However, developers will be making an effort to try and fix this problem. It turns out that the HTC Vive VR headset will soon be compatible with the Mac.
On top of that, there’s an improvement to Apple’s Metal technology, which is built to take advantage of your Mac’s graphics card. There is now a new version called Metal 2. This will allow support for VR as well as external graphics cards.
What if you are a user of Apple messages application. Well all your messages are automatically saved to your iCloud .
Apple has decided with Mac OS High Sierra to bring in a new file system called the Apple File System (APFS). What does this mean? Well for one thing it will mean faster file copying. That is of course just one example.
Of course, Siri has also had some improvements to it. For example, let’s say that you are in the mood for some relaxing music, you can say “play some relaxing music”. It will then allow you to open iTunes and play the right music.
More generally, Siri has been improved to sound a bit more human
Mac OS High Sierra will release to all in the Autumn/Fall in the autumnf. Until then, if you really cannot wait and want to check it out , then you will be able to sign up for the public beta/preview later this month. You will be able to sign up for it from beta.apple.com
Of course if you are a developer on Apple’s developer program, you can download a developer beta right now!
You can check out a more extensive look at what to expect in High Sierra on the Apple Website .
All in all, I think that there are some really nice things in there. For example, the auto-play prevention in Safari, split view in Mail and being able to get flight information from spotlight. Also, as you can see from the screenshot, the Photos app is also starting to become more of a powerful photo editor.
From the gaming standpoint I also think that Metal 2 could be interesting. With support for VR finally making its way to the Mac, we could finally see some games that were made for VR being ported over (especially since Steam VR is making its way to the Mac as well).
What do you think of High Sierra? Will you be upgrading to it when it releases?