SAY GOODBYE TO Mac OS X. Say hello to macOS, the new name of Apple’s desktop operating system. The renaming follows the convention of Apple’s operating systems for its other hardware: tvOS, watchOS, iOS, and now macOS. The first version of this newly named macOS is called Sierra.
The new name wasn’t a product of “alleged members so of our marketing team going on a vision quest around California to find a new name,” said Apple senior VP of software engineering Craig Federighi, who announced the name change at WWDC 2016.
With a new name comes a few improvements too. Most notably, macOS marks the dawn of Siri for the desktop, and although this wasn’t made clear, that could also mean the sunset of Finder, the traditional app for scouring your hard drive. The new macOS isn’t available just yet. Federighi announced that Sierra is available for devs to preview today, and that a beta of the new OS will be out in July, with the public launch expected for later this Fall.
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This Sounds like it will only run on late models, starting with 2009 and up for the MacBook, and iMac. For the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac Mini, and the Mac Pro models made in 2010 and later will be able to run macOS. Sierra will also support the Apple Pay payment service via Safari web browser.
One of the new features that was discussed by Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering, was the new feature Continuity and Auto-Unlock, which is said to be combined instead of separate. This combination will allow you to seamlessly unlock a Mac desktop or laptop just by putting your Apple Watch close to the device.
Sierra will now come with a Universal Clipboard, which will allow users to copy and past work automatically between an iOS device and a desktop/laptop Mac device. Another feature to look for is in iCloud, the new feature will allow you to move files and folders from Mac to Mac or from Mac to iOS. Sierra will also come with Optimized Storage, this allows the user to sweep through their old files and place them in iCloud, as well as automatically dump users trash, clear the web browser, and clean up local disk space for more storage space. Stay tune for further details on Sierra, and more WWDC discussions as the week progresses.
Another big change for Macs coming soon: Siri on the desktop. Siri will be an app users can pull up on a Mac, and the voice assistant will be able to search the web and answer all the same questions you can throw at it on your iPhone or iPad. But it’ll have some Mac-specific features, too: You’ll be able ask Siri to “show the files I used last week for the off site” and follow those up with contextual queries like “just the files Ken sent me.”
macOS will also introduce an auto unlock feature that will let you tap on your Apple Watch to unlock your Mac. It’s a workaround since, unlike many Windows 10 machines, Macs don’t have a built-in fingerprint reader or camera-based facial recognition. You won’t be able to use an iPhone to unlock the Mac, either.
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