What’s next for OS X?

Mac Format - - 2016 -

We don’t know the name yet – Se­quoia? Big Sur? Mo­jave? – but we know the num­ber: OS X 10.12 is the next Mac OS, to be un­veiled at WWDC and re­leased in the au­tumn. Siri is likely to be the most vis­i­ble, or rather au­di­ble, change, with Siri and Spot­light be­com­ing one. The long-term ru­mour of a new file sys­tem to re­place the age­ing HFS Plus might just hap­pen too, al­though mul­ti­ple re­ports sug­gest that li­cens­ing is­sues have made Ap­ple aban­don its plans to em­brace ZFS and use BTRFS (http://bit.ly/mf­b­trfs) in­stead. On a re­lated note, ex­pand­ing Time Ma­chine to em­brace iCloud – and re­duc­ing the cost of iCloud it­self – would be widely wel­comed, as would re­build­ing iTunes from scratch.

OS X 10.12 is likely to be fo­cus on in­te­gra­tion with other Ap­ple de­vices: re­motely un­lock­ing your Mac when your Watch or iPhone is de­tected, for ex­am­ple, and the same kind of no­ti­fi­ca­tions we’ve seen with the Watch, where no­ti­fi­ca­tions only ap­pear on the de­vice you’re us­ing.

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