macOS Sierra 10.12 Announced: Features, Release Date, List Of Compatible Mac Systems

All the new features of newly announced macOS Sierra 10.12 coming to your Mac desktop this fall. Owners of an iMac, Mac mini, Mac Pro or one of Apple’s many MackBook models will be able to interact and play with refreshed features, then you’ll be pleased to know that Apple has officially unveiled the next-generation version of its desktop OS dubbed Sierra 10.12, or else call it, macOS Sierra 10.12, at its WWDC 2016 event.

With the announcement, we have got closer to Apple’s developer-centric event. It is now that we see how much of that has actually substantial into the real deal. Without any further delay, here’s everything you need to know about Apple’s macOS Sierra 10.12.



As expected, Siri has finally landed on the next-gen Mac. The digital assistant now finds itself a home in the dock, as well as the menu bar on the top right. Clicking on the icon from any where will launch the assistant with it appearing in the top right of the menu bar. Along with that can also help you show files in Finder, as well as send Messages, search on Web, and lot more, as usual wits Siri is famous for.

Siri for Mac will function in much similar fashion as it does on Apple’s mobile devices. Users of Mac who regularly use an iPhone or iPad will be able to speak directly to the Mac once it has been primed for voice guidance, and get instant access to an earth of information and answers to a whole heap of questions. Find local restuarants and business, find out the scores from recent sports event or even historical stats, and so on.

Part of evolution of Siri as a platform, Apple has opened Siri to third-party developers. Actually means that developers will be able to enhance their own app experience by bringing Siri into the equation.

-Auto Unlock

No need to enter the password that keeps your desktop safe from prying eyes. Already had an Apple Watch and are wearing it (unlocked) when accessing your Mac, macOS Sierra 10.12 is smart enough to verify your identity by communicating with the Apple Watch, and remove the need to enter a password.

-Universal Clipboard

This is still a clipboard, but it’s accessible on a Mac as well as an iPhone, thus making it much easier to pick up information from different devices. So that you will be able to ‘copy/paste’ works from say, a Mac to an iPhone or vice versa.

-Desktop Synchronization With iCloud Drive

macOS Sierra 10.12 now onwards allows Mac users to sync Desktop and Documents folders across other Macs, and even iOS devices, with all your files exactly where they are, using iCloud Drive. “You simply save your files on your Desktop or within your Documents folder as you usually do and you will have them everywhere you need them. You can access your files on your iPhone and iPad in the iCloud Drive® app and on or the iCloud for Windows app.” This can be done when you log in from another Mac or iOS device, you will find the files exactly where you put them.

-Photos App Update

Now the Photos app has also been updated with a new Memories feature that brings up old pictures you’ve not seen for a while by automatically curating pictures from various occasions. Photos can also be organized by People and Places thanks to the smart tech now added to the Photos app. Search feature is also smarter now, you can simply type “Beach” for instance and the Photos app will automatically bring all beach related photos for you from your stored library. More over, the app also gets a new touch-up feature to really help those photos pop-out.

-Apple Pay

Safari will now allow users to make payments through the browser via Apple Pay. When making a payment, it will be prompted on your iPhone or Apple Watch to authenticate the action using Touch ID or a tap on the Apple Watch.

-Picture in Picture (PiP)

This feature being pretty popular on the iPad, PiP is only fair that the larger screened Macs got invited to the party. You can watch a video on the web while continuing to work on something else on your Mac.

-Updated Messages App

Lets you now send larger emojis, and also play video and preview links directly in the conversation. Generally, most of the new additions in iOS 10’s Messages app are brought into Messages app on the macOS as well.

-Apple Music Update In iTunes

Apple Music in iTunes gets a major redesign making it much easier to browser and discover new music. “The new Browse section lets everyone see the best of what’s available on Apple Music, from exclusives and new releases to playlists and top charts.” You will find the added ability to view lyrics while playing your music in the revamped MiniPlayer.

-Optimized Storage

“Make room for new files by keeping older ones in the cloud”, says Apple. macOS Sierra 10.12 now packs the ability to upload files older than a defined period of time to be uploaded to iCloud since you’re not using them. This way, you gain vital space on your Mac, while still having the old files on you at any time.

-Safari-like Tabs In Apps

You will be able to open up multiple tabs in some apps running on macOS Sierra 10.12. Fair to say no one saw this coming.


The latest introduction of the Mac operating system sees Apple looking to thrive across the board performance and improvements that should indeed provide end-users with an enhanced experience no matter what type of Mac they are accessing macOS Sierra 10.12 on.

List of macOS Sierra 10.12 Compatible Macs

The hardware requirements necessary to operate the software efficiently, which is exactly the case now as Apple has had to rule out Macs that were manufactured from the year 2007-2009. Being a Mac owner, and you are looking forward to getting to grips with macOS Sierra 10.12, and definitely did love the new features that were introduced, then if you have one of the following Mac machines you will be golden come September this year.

Here’s the Macs supported machines to run macOS Sierra:


  • MacBook (late 2009 and later).
  • iMac (late 2009 and later).
  • MacBook Air (late 2010 and later).
  • MacBook Pro (late 2010 and later).
  • Mac Mini (late 2010 and later).
  • Mac Pro (late 2010 and later).

If your machine doesn’t fall into one of these brackets, then it looks like you have a couple of options available to you; either accept the inevitable and make do with the extremely pleasurable and capable OS X 10.11 El Capitan. Of, if that doesn’t matters you, bite the bullet and invest in a brand new Mac computer that is not only capable of installing macOS Sierra, but if you actually wait to make that investment, may be one of the first new breeds of Mac to actually ship with it pre-installed.


Release Date

A big treat of developers, the first beta version of macOS 10.12 is available for download and installation today, with a Public Beta expected to drop next month, in July. The final version however will be available this coming fall and will be a free upgrade.