More information on macOS 10.13 High Sierra features, release date and others has been announced by Apple. Here’s everything you need to know about it.
Apple unveils the latest version of its operating system for Macs and MacBooks at WWDC 2017; macOS 10.13 High Sierra. Now official, as promised a number of exciting new features with it, Apple’s underlying macOS platform is going from strength-to-strength. Like iOS, watchOS, and tvOS, Apple continuously looking to take macOS to the next level, and that’s what the company focused on with the official announcement of macOS 10.13 High Sierra.
Thankfully, there is no more guess work needed anymore as we know know that it’s called High Sierra and we have all of the details in one place for you to know about it below.
– Safari improvements including automatic video playback blocking
Introduced the latest version of macOS by outlining improvements to Siri that come as part of the update. And High Sierra only improves that Safari in macOS 10.13’s intelligent tracking protection to better protect user browsing and history data. As said Safari comes with Intelligent Tracking Prevention only to ensure that the user’s privacy is protected.
Additionally, users will be able to customize the viewing preferences of their favorite websites independently so each website is presented just the way you would like to view it.
Mail App Improvements
In addition to Safari improvements, macOS High Sierra also brings in implements to the Apple Mail app. Trying to improve it with Spotlight search and a more efficient experience, Apple’s Mail app now supports Top Hits search, making it easier to find emails during search. There’s also finally support for Split View Mail Compose, meaning you can have a split window pane between the compose interface and other applications. It’s also 35% more efficient in storing data than previous versions. Top Hits “puts the most relevant results at the top of a user’s message list.”
– Photos app gets machines learning and enhanced editing tools
Ever used Photos on Mac? Well, that experience is about to get even better with a much more advanced neural nertwork detection to recognize more faces and sync that detection across multiple devices. Federighi touts that the biggest updates with High Sierra come with Photos, which includes a persistent sidebar, as well as a new dropdown for filtering content. All new editing tools, including interface tweaks for more advanced editing capabilities. Also find a lot of attention being paid to editing photographs saved within the Photos app, with extraordinary editing capabilities these tools being served for, including Curves for fine-tuning color and contrast. Effects have also been added for Live Photos.
– iCloud File Sharing and Siri’s neural voice and expressions
As you can now share file stored in iCloud with others to collaborate on that document or project. As with iOS 11, Siri’s male and female voice is now expressive with a more natural voice.
– Live Photos within Face Time
You can now ca\pture a Live Photo during a Face Time call on your Mac, with both participants getting a notification that the photo has been taken. The Live Photo is saved to the Photos app.
– From HFS to APFS
Apple is also bringing its Apple Filesystem to macOS. Federighi demonstrated the advanced capabilities for the new APFS by instantly duplicating a file. Apps may have been updated, Apple has made the file system switch, macOS High Sierra finally shifts from HFS to the new APFS to keep in line with modern needs, There are now encryption features in place, as well as file and directory cloning, and a bunch of other features.
– Metal 2 + VR and hardware video-decoding
Finally, Apple says that macOS High Sierra brings in a host of graphics improvements to the Mac as it doubles down on the Pro market. Media buffs will also love the video improvements made under the hood which includes support for hardware video-encoding on newer Mac machines. High Sierra includes the new Metal 2 graphics engine, the framework to bring significant graphical advancements all across various aspects of the macOS experience. And yes, that means that Apple is bringing Metal for VR to High Sierra. The official announcement Apple is embracing virtual reality. Bringing 10x improvement over Metal 1 in graphics, High Sierra also includes spherical video support, VR engines from Unreal, and Metal integration with VR. More on that later…
– Other features
- H.264 HEVC support
- Always on Reader mode on sites that supports it
- Natural voice for Siri
- Pins for Notes app
- Sync for iMessages
- Sharing of iCloud storage plans with family
- Tables for Notes app
Release time frame for macOS High Sierra. Beta 1 is available to download today for registered members of the Apple Developer Program. Those on Apple Beta Software Program will get their piece of thing in late June or early July.
The final version of High Sierra will be made available to public following the company’s fall event this year.
macOS High Sierra Delivers Advanced Technologies for Storage, Video & Graphics Refinements Made to Popular Apps Like Photos, Safari, Mail & More June 05, 2017 03:09 PM Eastern Daylight Time SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Apple® today previewed macOS® High Sierra, the latest version of the world’s most advanced desktop operating system, delivering new core storage, video and graphics technologies that pave the way for future innovation on the Mac®. macOS High Sierra offers an all-new file system, support for High-Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) and an update to Metal®, Apple’s advanced graphics technology that powers everything from machine learning to virtual reality content creation. macOS High Sierra also includes a number of refinements to the apps Mac users enjoy every day, including Photos, Safari® and Mail.
“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.”
Powerful New System Technologies
Apple File System
Apple File System (APFS) features enhanced performance, security and reliability of data and provides a foundation for future storage innovations. An advanced architecture optimized for today’s massive storage technologies, APFS makes common operations such as copying files and directories instantaneous, helps protect data from power outages and system crashes and keeps files safe and secure with native encryption. macOS High Sierra also maintains complete read-and-write compatibility with previously formatted HFS drives and data and is designed to accommodate future advancements in storage technology.
High-Efficiency Video Coding
Support for industry-standard HEVC (H.265) enables video streaming and playback of 4K video files at incredible quality that are also up to 40 percent smaller than with the current H.264 standard.* With HEVC, Apple is enabling high-quality video streaming on networks where only HD streaming was previously possible, while hardware acceleration on the new iMac® and MacBook Pro® deliver incredibly fast and power-efficient HEVC encoding and editing.
Metal is the fastest, most efficient way to tap into GPU power on the Mac. Metal 2 features a refined API and improved performance that help developers accelerate their apps. It adds support for machine learning used in speech recognition, natural language processing and computer vision. The combination of Thunderbolt 3 and Metal 2 allows the most demanding users to access powerful external GPUs. An External Graphics Developer Kit gives developers all the hardware and software they need to optimize their apps.
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.
Refinements to the Apps Mac Users Love
Photos in macOS High Sierra adds a new always-on sidebar that presents albums and organization tools. A redesigned Edit view includes powerful new tools like Curves, for fine-tuning of color and contrast, and Selective Color, for making adjustments within a defined color range. Live Photos™ can now be edited with fun effects and Memories curates user photos and videos around several new topics. Photos now supports external editors, so Photoshop, Pixelmator and other apps can launch directly within Photos, with edits saved back to the Photos library. And for the first time, support for third-party project extensions gives users access to printing and publishing services, such as Animoto, ifolor, Shutterfly, WhiteWall and Wix, from right within the Photos app.
Additional App Refinements:
• Safari can automatically use Reader to open articles in a clean, uncluttered format, while Autoplay Blocking stops media with audio from automatically playing in the browser.
• Intelligent Tracking Prevention in Safari uses machine learning to identify and remove the tracking data that advertisers employ to follow users’ web activity.
• Mail search gets faster and easier with Top Hits, which puts the most relevant results at the top of a user’s message list.
• Siri® on the Mac responds with a natural and more expressive voice, and when using Apple Music®, it learns music preferences, creates custom playlists and answers music trivia.
• Notes adds simple tables, where a user can type in cells, make edits and move rows and columns.
• Spotlight® provides flight status information, including departure and arrival times, delays, gates, terminals and even a map of the flight path.
• iCloud® File Sharing lets users share any file stored in iCloud Drive® and collaborate with other people.
Pricing & Availability
The developer preview of macOS High Sierra is available to Apple Developer Program members at developer.apple.com starting today, and a public beta program will be available to Mac users in late June at beta.apple.com. macOS High Sierra will be available this fall as a free software update from the Mac App Store®. For more information, visit apple.com/macos/high-sierra-preview.
Registered Apple Developer Program members can get everything they need to optimize their apps for external graphics with the External Graphics Developer Kit for $599 (US). It includes a Thunderbolt 3 external PCI expansion chassis, AMD Radeon RX 580 graphics card with 8GB VRAM and USB-C hub.
* Amount of disk space saved depends on specific video file and hardware used. Actual results may vary.
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