Will Sierra speed up my Mac?

The new macOS en­hances con­ve­nience and helps keep things run­ning well

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MacOS Sierra in­cludes an ex­cit­ing new fea­ture called Op­ti­mized Stor­age that can help you to pin­point what’s un­nec­es­sar­ily us­ing space

and deal with it. It’s not go­ing to grab head­lines the same way Siri’s de­but on the Mac will, but it could well save you time – and money too, as you may not need an space-sav­ing app like DaisyDisk.

Op­ti­mized Stor­age in­spects sev­eral rel­e­vant pref­er­ences around your Mac and of­fers sug­ges­tions on how you can save space. One of the most im­pact­ful op­tions moves your Doc­u­ments and Desk­top fold­ers to iCloud Drive, giv­ing you ac­cess to things you ca­su­ally save there on your iOS de­vices as well as other Macs. Bear in mind, though, that if you store a lot of files in those places, es­pe­cially large ones, you may need to spend more each month on a larger iCloud stor­age tier to hold ev­ery­thing. As this is­sue went to press, Ap­ple in­tro­duced a new tier for iCloud stor­age that looks in­tended to cater to this ca­pa­bil­ity for heavy users: £13.99 per month gives you 2TB of stor­age, though re­mem­ber that’s shared with other iCloud ser­vices, in­clud­ing email.

Many of Op­ti­mized Stor­age’s sug­ges­tions are re­ally just short­cuts to in­di­vid­ual apps’ pref­er­ences. One of them sim­ply switches on Pho­tos’ op­tion to store full-qual­ity orig­i­nals in iCloud but keep only copies op­ti­mised for your Mac’s dis­play lo­cally, at least un­til you edit one of those pic­tures.

An­other sug­ges­tion turns on a new item in iTunes that tells the app to re­move movies and TV show episodes af­ter you’ve watched them. Af­ter all, you can re­down­load them if you ever want to see them again. There’s also a short­cut to a new Finder pref­er­ence that au­to­mates the clear­ing out of old items from the Trash, so any­thing left there for 30 days will be re­moved. This isn’t on by de­fault, so you won’t lose any­thing un­ex­pect­edly.

There’s also an op­tion that tells Mail to down­load only re­cent at­tach­ments, or not to au­to­mat­i­cally down­load any at all, so that your drive doesn’t be­come over­bur­dened by old items you may never re­fer back to.

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