Microsoft’s Windows 10 has been getting a lot of buzz lately, particularly that its first Anniversary Update has been released. However, this isn’t a reason for us to forget Apple’s upcoming software update, which is expected to bring a slew of interesting features. This is particularly true now that we know that macOS Sierra — which is the official name of what would have been OS X 10.12 — will be released within the next few weeks on Fall 2016. Specifically, it’s expected to be released in the middle of September along with iOS 10, tvOS 10, watchOS 3, and the iPhone 7.
macOS Sierra was unveiled to the public on June 2016 during Apple’s Worldwide Developers’ Conference (WWDC). Apple clarified that the new OS version won’t just be a security patch to fix bugs and issues but will rather be a major update that will improve Mac computers and laptops as a whole.
It seems that the latest OS update is on track and will likely be released this fall. Its fifth beta has just been released, and developers can now download macOS Sierra beta 5, build 16A286A. This build reportedly contains fixes for bugs as well as instructions on setting up the Auto Unlock feature that will allow users to unlock their laptops or desktops using their Apple watch or iOS devices.
Aside from the Auto Unlock feature, macOS Sierra is expected to bring many other features to Apple desktops and laptops. These include Apple Pay, Universal Clipboard, Apple File System, optimized iCloud storage, and Picture-in-Picture mode. It will also bring Siri the virtual assistant to the Mac universe, which means Mac owners can now use Siri to search for files, check their storage, and do other tasks.
macOS Sierra will be available as a free update to existing Mac owners when it’s released this fall. It’s also built in the MacBook Pro 2016, which will reportedly be released on the last quarter of the year.