Apple announces macOS High Sierra

Posted June 06, 2017

TMO will have more details on macOS High Sierra in the coming days.

At its Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose on Thursday, Apple said it's planning two features in the next version of Safari, dubbed High Sierra, that will cut down on ads that stalk you around the internet and videos that play uninvited.

Within the Photos app, Apple has added many tools for editing such curves so users can "fine tune" their photos within the app, as well as selective colour so users can modify colours.

High Sierra is moving beyond the current video-compression standard of H.264 to a new standard of H.265. APFS is created to be future-proof in terms of compatibility with future storage technologies, but also fully compatible with the older HFS file system. Now, the mac window server uses Metal 2 making opening new windows and challenging system animations buttery smooth. There's also a bunch of new editing tools inside of photos, and 3rd parties are going to offer printing services for photo books straight from Photos.

Safari, already a blazing fast web navigator, is now billed as the "world's fastest desktop browser", with the native ability to block Autoplay video (sorry, Facebook), and a fancy technology dubbed Intelligent Tracking Prevention to, well, prevent online tracking. You can add properly formatted tables to Notes and pin your most important ones. It's a major update to Sierra, which Apple announced and rolled out previous year.

Safari comes with solid improvements too, being touted as the fastest browser that you can get today (at least on a Mac). - Maps has a new feature called Do Not Disturb While Driving that uses Bluetooth and a Wi-Fi doppler effect to automatically enable a block to stop notifications from disturbing the user while behind the wheel.

This will also feature improved support for virtual reality.

Craig Federighi, senior vice president of software engineering at Apple, took the stage at WWDC to explain how Safari changes the browsing experience for users in High Sierra.

More than 35 million people in the USA are expected to use a voice-activated speaker at least once a month this year, more than doubling from last year, according the research firm eMarketer.

Developers will get early access to a beta version of High Sierra starting on Monday, while a public beta will be available later this month. The new operating system introduces Apple's new File System, APFS as the default, and brings significant improvements to Mail and Photos, and Metal 2. Photos now supports external editors, so Photoshop, Pixelmator and other apps can launch directly within Photos, with edits saved back to the Photos library.

The company is releasing a new version of its operating system for Macs.