Apple unveils macOS High Sierra with focus on 'refinement'

Posted June 10, 2017

The new update also now has face syncing across all devices.

At the company's annual developer conference, WWDC 2017, Apple showcased on Monday several new features coming to the next version of macOS, High Sierra. Apple says the tech makes operations like copying files and directories instant and uses native encryption. However, this service is available only on macOS newer than 10.11.6, with Metal graphical support.

Metal provides the lowest-overhead access to the GPU, enabling you to maximize the graphics and compute potential of your apps on iOS, macOS, and tvOS.

Apple has announced a dedicated VR Dev Kit: A $599 sonnet breakaway box with an AMD Radeon RX580 card in a USB-C to a 4-port USB-A hub with a Thunderbolt 3 connector and software seeded in MacOS High Sierra.

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This will also feature improved support for virtual reality.

HEVC (H.265) support. High Sierra supports the most common 4K video standard, for efficient decoding of ultra-high-resolution video content. Furthermore, it uses Intelligent Tracking Prevention that uses machine learning to identify trackers and protect users' privacy.

Federighi also claimed Safari, run on High Sierra, is now the fastest web browser in the world, running 80 per cent faster than Chrome in its own benchmarking test when running modern Javascript. A public beta will be available in late June. If you were wondering what comes after Sierra, the answer is High Sierra. A new persistent sidebar is added and also a drop-down menu for filtering your photos. That means this already well developed platform will be bringing all its cool VR experiences to Macs. There are new ways to filter your images, and improved facial recognition. This will work at the same time with the VR support, to help macOS deal with the graphical power requirements of this technology.

Mac support for Unity and Unreal is also incoming, which points to a larger-scale move to finally fully embrace video games within the Mac ecosystem.