Apple has officially released macOS Sierra for Mac devices. For Mac users who have yet to update their devices, here’s a rundown of the new features and enhancements the new Mac OS brings to the table.
Released just days after the final Golden Master version was made available to developers, macOS Sierra comes with features that were previously outed through the different beta versions launched in the weeks and days leading to its official release this Tuesday.
What users will like about the macOS Sierra update is its support for Apple Pay, Apple’s digital wallet and mobile payments service. The new operating system expands the use of Apple Pay by integrating it into the latest version of the Safari browser. This means that users can now use Apple Pay in transacting with sites they open in the browser, but they will need their iPhone or Apple Watch for authentication.
Another feature that Sierra is bringing to laptops and desktops is Siri, which according to Apple Insider has been updated for cross-platform use. Therefore, users are now capable of using Siri either in iOS or in macOS Sierra. For the latter, Mac owners can command the intelligent voice assistant to perform tasks, like looking up information and locating files.
The 10.12 update, which comes after 10.11 (OS X El Capitan) and 10.10 (OS X Yosemite), also has better iCloud integration, such that users can retrieve files saved from one supported device using any of his or her other Apple devices. This also includes the addition of support for storing Microsoft OneDrive credentials in Keychain.
Users who want a faster means of unlocking their Mac devices will find that their prayers have been answered through the new Auto Unlock feature. Like its name suggests, the feature automatically unlocks a Mac device with the help of an Apple Watch. Thus, users will not be required to key in their password when they want to unlock their laptop or desktop.
Other new features that macOS Sierra comes with include improved facial, object and scene recognition as well as enhanced Memories in Photos. MacRumors also reports that the latest update has Picture in Picture multitasking, revamped emoji, optimized storage and upgraded Messages. For more details about the update, click here.
The official release of macOS Sierra comes almost a week after the second Gold Master was rolled out for developers to check. The final test version reportedly came with bug fixes and major improvements on the the different features the new Mac OS has.