Apple wants to show that the Mac is still one of the cornerstones of the company, and has just released the next version 10.13 of its Mac OS operating system. Its name is Mac OS High Sierra, and it comes with interesting new features that continue to evolve your desktop operating system.
New features include new enhancements for Safari, Mail, and Photo applications. There will also be changes under the hood with the jump to the APFS file system or the arrival of the new Metal 2 graphics engine.
Apple has introduced its new operating system; emphasizing how Siri is still one of its main arguments and taking advantage of the fact that Safari is the fastest browser available with its new enhancements. In fact, the browser has become one of the main protagonists of the new version.
Safari, Mail, and Photos receive updates
What’s New in Safari
Safari is one of the applications that receive enhancements in the next version of Apple’s desktop operating system. Its performance has been improved to improve that of other browsers such as Chrome or Firefox; will include a new self-play system capable of detecting and blocking video ads that start automatically.
You will also have a machine learning-based tracker blocker called Intelligent Tracking Prevention. With it, Apple ensures that your browser learns to protect our browsing and tracker history from any trackers that may be hosted on the pages we visit to track our movements and to know what other pages we visit.
The Apple Mail application for managing e-mails also receives some changes. Improve searches, for example, to make it easier to find the email you want. But the most striking thing is that it introduces a split screen mode so you can view other applications while you’re writing an email.
Advanced photo editing
The Photos application also receives news. Now you’ll have a persistent sidebar very much like the style iPhoto had long ago and then they removed, and most interestingly, new advanced editing tools with which to try to get closer to Photoshop. All the changes we make when editing the photos will be automatically synchronized between all our devices.
New file system and more graphics performance
Mac Sierra Davinci
The new version of Mac OS will also include new features under the hood. The main one is the decision to change the file system by switching to the Apple File System or APFS, the same one they introduced in iOS 10.3. This move should significantly improve file writing and read speeds, as well as any tasks we run on our device.
Apple has also announced that they are changing video standards from H.264 to H.265, and are upgrading their Metal graphics engine. The new Metal 2 should improve ten times the performance of its predecessor, they said. Another improvement is that High Sierra will also include support for spherical videos; it will integrate with virtual reality systems so you can use devices like the HTC Vive with your Mac.
Mac OS High Sierra, availability
What’s New at Mac OS High Sierra
The new High Sierra Mac OS will be available to developers from today; the final version is expected to be released later this fall. That’s when users can see how well Apple can deliver on all the promises it has made about the performance of the new release.