All The New Stuff In MacOS Sierra

Apple's just released macOS Sierra, and while it's a minor update, it does include Siri, a universal clipboard and a handful of other new features. Let's take a quick look at all the new stuff. Music by Visager.

Siri Lands on Your Mac

Sierra packs Siri onto your Mac, and that includes just about everything Siri can do on iOS. As you'd expect, you can ask Siri to check the weather, help you with spelling, create emails, search for stuff online and all the other features it's had on your iPhone for the last few years.

It can also do just about everything Spotlight can do on your Mac, which means you can use Siri to search for files and open apps with commands like "show me PDF files in my Documents folder" or "Open Photoshop".

Siri Gives Notification Center More Purpose

Siri adds a new feature to the Notification Center where you can pin search results. Here, you can add sports schedules, a list of files, trending topics on Twitter and any other results from Siri searches to your Notification Center. This makes Notification Center a much more useful place to store information.

Universal Copy-Paste Between Your Mac and iPhone, Unlock Your Mac with Your Apple Watch

Sierra adds two new Continuity features — copy-paste between your Mac and your iPhone and the ability to unlock your Mac with your Apple Watch. If you have an Apple Watch, you can skip typing in your password to unlock your Mac. For the rest of us, simply copy a bit of text on your iPhone, then tap Command+V to paste in on your Mac. It should work just like that, with no set up whatsoever. Like all the Continuity features, this works over Bluetooth 4.0, so you'll need Bluetooth enabled on both devices before you can copy and paste between them.

iCloud Drive Expands to Include Your Desktop and Documents

If you store the documents you're working on in your Documents folder or on your desktop, then you'll appreciate that iCloud Drive can now sync both of those folders to make transferring files between Macs a little easier. Just head into System Preferences > iCloud to enable it.

Photos on Mac Gets All the New Features of Photos on iOS

Photos in Sierra gets pretty much all the features included in Photos of iOS 10. This means you'll find the Memories tab, face recognition and a photo map in the Mac app. Like the iOS version, Photos on the Mac can now search for objects inside photos, which means it can recognise things like sunsets, beaches or birthday cakes.

Optimised Storage Clears Up Disc Space

Optimised Storage is a new automated system for dealing with storage space on your Mac. If you're using iCloud, your Mac can now decide which files to keep on the cloud and which to keep on your hard drive based on usage. It can also go through and delete old files, duplicates and old app installers to help you free up space. You can find this under Apple > About This Mac, then click Storage, then Manage.

Apple Music Gets a Little Easier to Use

Apple Music gets a minor redesign inside of iTunes. A new For You tab makes it easier to find new music and the Browse section gets a new look to spotlight new music.

Nearly Every App Gets Tabs

If you love tabs in your web browser, then you'll love tabs in your apps. You can now add tabs to just about every Apple app and a number of third-party apps by pressing Command+T.

Safari Adds Picture-in-Picture Mode

Like the iPad, Safari on Mac gets a picture-in-picture mode where you shrink a video and put it in the corner of your screen so you can watch whatever you want while you're working.

There a few other minor new features as well, including Apple Pay integration in Safari and giant emoji in Messages.


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    It can also go through and delete old files, duplicates and old app installers to help you free up space.

    Am I the only one here who thinks that is a extremely bad idea?

      For what reason/s are you thinking?

      If it's not approved first then probably yes - but how often do you have reason to keep duplicate files or app installers anyway?

        I can see a reason for not wanting duplicate files deleted, especially if you own a business and have standard contracts etcetera. At least it is an optional thing.

        For what reason/s are you thinking?

        For one, how does OS X tell if a file is a duplicate? I hope it's via MD5 hashing.

        Second, one may have a reason for keeping all app installers; the newest version may have features missing or bugs that make it unusable.

        This is a case where people should be educated in (for want of a better term) PC housekeeping. One should be proactive in tracking and organising one's files and backups.

        Trusting that task to a company (Apple or otherwise) will only lead to tears.

    I think you're the only one. This is a great idea. In fact, I'm stoked this is native now, rather than having to use a paid service. I currently use Dr Cleaner to optimise my CPU and get things moving a bit quicker, and it has a handy 'duplicate finder' bundled with it ... which FINDS the duplicates, but then wants me to buy an $11 App to delete them. Blergh.

    Excuse me while I fanboi all over the screen.

    I'm pretty into all apps having tabs, for whatever reason :). Calendar I'm not too sure will benefit, but other apps for sure will! Not like I don't already leave enough open tabs in Safari as it is, now I fear I will be adding to those hehe.

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