Apple Announces macOS High Sierra, Public Beta Late this Summer

James Marshall
June 11, 2017

The Safari is undoubtedly the most frugal browsers but Apple went all the way and boldly claimed that Safari is the fastest browser across all benchmark tests including the likes of Jetstream.

The autoplay blocker will likely prove popular with users who get annoyed by videos that instantly begin when a webpage loads. Safari detects sites that play video automatically, and gives the user control over whether they see it or not. Additionally, the mail app is more efficient using 35 percent less disk space when storing mail. There's also a new full-screen split view mode. look familiar? There's now a persistent sidebar (like iPhoto had for years before Apple took it away), and when you set up People to group various people you photograph, it'll sync from your desktop to other devices.

The Photos app hasn't been ignored either.

Apple was also keen to emphasize the editing tools that it has built into Photos, with a new feature called Curves particularly strongly pushed.

Other tiny improvements, includes a voice change for Siri, with new male and female voices; enabling tables with Notes; faster Mail processing and searching; and file sharing through iCloud sharing from iCloud Drive. APFS will be the default file system for MacOS, and offers built-in encryption support.

Some of the new features are much more subtle.

Metal, Apple's low-level graphics API, has been updated to version two. The new OS will support more powerful Mac hardware aimed at creative professionals, especially those creating VR and AR content. Apple even announced ARkit, a new platform for developers to create augmented reality experiences for iOS devices.

There's no price yet for GPU enclosures.

You will require Metal graphics support in MacOS 10.11.16 or higher. Apart from this, Apple has announced a latest version of MacOS as well.

Apple is also adding support for professional 360-degree workflows to Final Cut Pro X with the ability to import, edit, and export 360 videos. MacOS is getting support for SteamVR and major game engines like Unreal Engine 4 and Unity. So, today, we catch a glimpse of macOS High Sierra, which is shaping up to be a pretty impressive upgrade over its predecessor, macOS Sierra.

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