MacOS High Sierra announced

Elizabeth Williams
June 6, 2017

APFS arrived on iOS devices earlier this year in iOS 10.3, and now Apple is bringing APFS to the Mac in macOS High Sierra. The update isn't necessarily relevant for most home macOS users, who typically have a consumer-level laptop or desktop, but targeted more toward studios and other creative professionals. The new operating system will be available as a developer beta from today itself.

Craig Federighi, senior vice president of software engineering at Apple, took the stage at WWDC to explain how Safari changes the browsing experience for users in High Sierra.

Today's announcement brought big updates to Photos, including the ever-requested face recognition syncing across all devices.

New technologies at the heart of the system make your Mac more reliable, capable and responsive - and lay the foundation for future innovations. macOS High Sierra also refines the features and apps you use every day. It offers plenty of new features.

New iMacs unveiled Monday at Apple's annual conference for software programmers are getting better displays and graphics capabilities. Additionally, the browser's JavaScript performance is 80 percent faster than Chrome.

Whenever you upgrade your operating system - and especially when you're trying out a beta version - we highly recommend backing up the files on your Mac, so if anything goes wrong you can quickly restore your machine to its previous working order.

No more annoying noisy videos.Jeff Gross /Getty ImagesAutoplay videos are one of the banes of the modern web.

macOS High Sierra CompatibilityHere's the macOS High Sierra compatibility list. Safai will now block AutoPlay, so that users will not have to deal with videos automatically playing when they open a web page. Safari has intelligent tracking prevention, which uses machine learning to keep the trackers away and protecting privacy.

We watch a lot of video on our Macs, and High Sierra is making the experience even better. The new system compresses video up to 40 percent more the H.264, the current video standard. Metal 2 features a refined API and improved performance that help developers accelerate their apps.

While early virtual reality devkits had decent Mac support, the consumer-focused products have been nearly entirely Windows-focused. This is Apple's move to combat the narrative that Macs can't be used for high-end virtual reality headsets. It will start at $599 and include AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB graphics card, which is a VR-ready GPU. You know, until the iMac Pro arrives in December.

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