macOS Sierra

As the full re­lease of macOS Sierra ap­proaches, here’s what you can do in the Pub­lic Beta so far…

Mac Format - - MAC OS SIERRA - Con­trib­u­tors: Chris­tian Hall, Craig Gran­nell, Alan Stone bridge

Ap­ple’s lat­est, and hope­fully great­est, op­er­at­ing sys­tem is al­most upon us, and as has be­come the norm you can try it out now thanks to Ap­ple’s Beta Soft­ware Pro­gram.

We’ve al­ready shown how to safely in­stall the pub­lic beta ver­sion (see MF303, p50) and poke around the new fea­tures, but in this fea­ture we’re tak­ing you into ex­actly how those fea­tures work and what you can do with them.

We’ll be­gin with the new Uni­ver­sal Clip­board fea­ture, which takes Ap­ple’s ini­tia­tive for eas­ier cross-de­vice work­ing even fur­ther, and show how Auto Un­lock works with watchOS 3 – sadly, there’s no pub­lic beta of that sys­tem, but we’ll show you how to mimic Auto Un­lock to­day.

We’ll also look at how iCloud Drive, Pho­tos and Mes­sages have changed, and the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of Siri on the Mac desk­top. Fi­nally, we’ll talk about APFS, Ap­ple’s new file sys­tem, ex­pected in an up­date in 2017.

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