The much awaited new macOS Sierra was launched last month. The first thing you notice is that Apple has gone off track by naming the OS as MacOS instead of OS X. This is more in line with the naming convention of OS for other Apple devices like, iOS for iPhone, iPod and iPad, watchOS for the Apple Watch, tvOS for Apple TV and now macOS for their Mac. Read on to know about the 7 new macOS Sierra features.
This is definitely the biggest addition to the macOS. Siri has been a part of the iOS since 2011 and for a long time now, there have been rumours about Siri making its appearance on the Mac. Craig Federighi has highlighted how useful Siri integration is going to be for Mac users. Siri is present in the dock and in the menubar and unlike in iOS, it requires manual activation.
You can ask Siri to do a lot of things for you. Here are some of the coolest things you can ask Siri:
- You can ask Siri to tweet on your behalf
- Search for your photos without faffing around
- Search for your documents
- Make FaceTime calls
- Set location reminder, for example, “Remind me to call Mom when I reach home”, etc.
This is a new feature under continuity and requires iOS 10 and macOS Sierra. Neither will you find this feature under Settings nor is there an app for it. This feature lets you copy images and text from any iOS device and paste it on a macOS device and vice-versa. This feature is meant to make our lives that much easier.
So, you have the Apple Watch with watchOS 3? If you’ve upgraded to macOS Sierra, your Mac will unlock when an Apple Watch with watchOS 3 is near it. Was entering a passcode a hassle for you? For most people it isn’t and with this neat little feature, even that is made redundant.
In this update, Apple has removed the option of allowing applications from unidentified developers. They have always prevented applications from unidentified developers from running automatically. In macOS Sierra, that is taken to another level with Apple removing that option altogether. Fear not, you can still use the ‘Control+Open’ trick to open application from unidentified developers. From a security perspective, this seems to be a good thing.
New Apple File System
So, Apple is coming up with a new file system called Apple File System (APFS), which we expect to be released in 2017. For the longest time, Apple has used some type of Hierarchical File System (HFS). What is different about this file system you ask? Well, Apple has designed this file system from ground up and it has a host of features like built-in encryption, very accurate timestamps, dynamically resizable partitions etc. The part that is really great about this file-system is that, all Apple devices support APFS.
Safari Extensions in the App Store
I’m sure many of you already know that Safari offers extensions too. In 2010, when Safari began offering extensions, people had to search for them, which was as bit cumbersome. With the new macOS Sierra, Safari extensions are now available in the Mac App Store, itself. Now, when you click on extensions in Safari, you will be redirected to a page on the Mac App Store.
Another one of the features that Apple introduced is called Optimized Storage. This doesn’t sound as awesome as Siri and Auto-Unlock, but this will probably be more useful than the two. You’re probably wondering what it is, right? So, the new macOS Sierra analyses your file usage and shifts your unused files to iCloud so that your hard drive space isn’t wasted on files you don’t use much. However, you still find the files where you want them but now, they reside in your iCloud. It’ll also give you an idea into what’s using hard drive space and how to clear that space.
So, these are the 7 features in the new macOS Sierra. Hope you enjoyed reading it. Do let me know what you think, by leaving a comment.