He noted that this year, Apple will be focusing on perfecting Sierra, in a revision that will be dubbed MacOS ‘High Sierra’. Apple is even upgrading the Photos app, and the new feature appears to be close to a Photoshop experience. Two new and helpful features come with High Sierra: a blocker for autoplay videos and a new system of intelligent tracking. According to Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of engineering, machine learning is the answer to getting rid of the internet’s tracking problem. This will include native file encryption, crash protection, and both instant file and directory cloning.
Apple macOS High Sierra introduces new core technologies that improve the “most important functions of your Mac” says Apple. Apple will also open up the Metal framework for machine learning use and for external graphics over Thunderbolt for external GPUs on Macs. The macOS High Sierra is available starting today for beta developers while a stable version will be available later this month. Apple will make the finished version available as a free download for all Macs that support Sierra this fall.
You will no longer have to dual boot Windows on your iMac computers to reap the benefits of virtual reality advancements.
Beyond the marijuana jokes, High Sierra brings some new refinements. Safari will be using Artificial Intelligence to select and block ad trackers when users browse the internet.
The Mail app now comes with features like Top Hits search, that will make searching for emails easier.
macOS High Sierra CompatibilityHere’s the macOS High Sierra compatibility list.
Coming to Safari, Apple claims it is the fastest web browser. They showcased high-end VR for the first time running on a Macbook in front of thousands of developers. Photos will now synchronize users automatically across devices as well. There are new ways to filter your images, and improved facial recognition.
Mac support for Unity and Unreal is also incoming, which points to a larger-scale move to finally fully embrace video games within the Mac ecosystem. Like we said Metal 2 will bring 10x improvements in graphics over Metal 1.