MacOS Sierra Announced with Siri, Release Date Set for Fall 2016
Apple has announced the next major version of Mac system software, dubbed macOS Sierra. MacOS Sierra offers improvements to Continuity, iCloud, Apple Pay, tabs improvements, a cross Apple platform clipboard, and perhaps most notable is an inclusion of Siri.
Here’s a quick look at some of the new features in macOS Sierra (and yes, Mac in macOS is lowercased by Apple) and screenshots of the next MacOS as well:
Auto Unlock allows an Apple Watch can unlock your Mac, effectively bypassing initial user authentication if you’re wearing your Apple Watch.
Universal Clipboard allows Mac users (and iOS) users to copy and paste across the entire Apple platform set. For example, if you copy something on an iPhone, you can paste it to your Mac, and vice versa.
There’s also a new built-in disk space optimization tool set, one of which automatically uploads old and unused files into iCloud, thereby freeing up space on the Mac hard drive, and another which automatically sweeps caches and old junk off of a Mac automatically.
Apple Pay is coming to the web as well, allowing Mac users to tap into the secure payment feature easily when shopping online on any website. You can securely authenticate purchases on your Mac by using TouchID on your iPhone, or on Apple Watch.
Picture in Picture mode is coming to the Mac natively, so you won’t need any third party apps to have that ability.
macOS Sierra also includes Siri support, allowing Mac users to talk to and command their computer just like they can with an iPhone or other Apple device. Siri is also tied into Spotlight, allowing users to search for files and things they’ve recently worked on by issuing the proper voice commands.
Apple has setup a preview page here for macOS Sierra for those interested in learning more.
And for those wondering, MacOS Sierra is technically version 10.12, so you could think of it as Mac OS X 10.12 Sierra, except with a name that drops the “X” reference.