Yesterday, Apple has released the sixth beta of macOS Sierra for developers who own a Mac. macOS Sierra was unveiled two months ago, at Apple’s 2016 Worldwide Developers Conference and the previous beta was released a week ago. The new beta update can be downloaded from the Mac App Store or from the Apple Developer Center, using the Software Update mechanism.
Siri, Apple’s digital assistant, is finally making its way to Macs, being introduced in macOS Sierra. Likewise iOS users, macOS Sierra will be able to give voice commands, to look for files and information locally or on the internet, without even touching their devices. MacBooks have a built-in microphone, so when they will start speaking, users will see a mic icon on the left or right of the page and a input meter inside of it rising and falling as they speak.
Continuity has received new features – an “Auto Unlock” option which will be used to unlock a Mac with an Apple Watch, while the “Universal Clipboard” will allow users to copy text on an Apple device, then paste it on another.
iCloud has been integrated deeper, so users will access Documents folder of a Mac or files stored on their desktop, on all of their devices. The learning algorithms have been improved on Photos app, so faces, objects and scenes will be easily recognized. The Memories feature will display photo collections, while Messages app has received bigger emoji, rich links and “Tapback” response options.
Also, Mac users will be able to make online payments using Apple Pay, but they will authenticate through their iPhones or Apple Watch. Other new features that will be introduce in macOS Sierra are Picture in Picture multitasking, multiple tabs, optimized storage etc.
Apple has also released a version of macOS Sierra for public beta testers with similar changes, but it isn’t sure when the new software will be officially launched this fall.
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