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Lots of other good­ies are lurk­ing in macOS High Sierra – but not all of them are vis­i­ble

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FaceTime pho­tos

There are var­i­ous hacky work­arounds that al­low you to save bits of FaceTime con­ver­sa­tions to your Mac. Now, though, there’s an of­fi­cial one from Ap­ple. As you’re chat­ting away to some­one, you can click the cam­era shut­ter but­ton to cap­ture a special mo­ment and save it as a Live Photo. The other per­son on the call is im­me­di­ately no­ti­fied that a photo was taken, and so this is all very much above board. The an­i­mated snap ends up in your Pho­tos li­brary.

If you’re not keen on peo­ple be­ing able to take such pho­tos of you, it’s pos­si­ble to dis­able this func­tion­al­ity. In FaceTime’s pref­er­ences on the Mac, untick ‘Al­low Live Pho­tos to be cap­tured dur­ing Video calls’. On iOS, the equiv­a­lent op­tion is FaceTime Live Pho­tos, which is found in the FaceTime sec­tion of the Set­tings app.

A smarter Siri

Ap­ple’s rather proud of Siri’s voice re­vamp in macOS High Sierra. Al­though the vir­tual as­sis­tant hasn’t quite clam­bered out of the un­canny val­ley, Siri now sounds more nat­u­ral and ex­pres­sive, whether telling you the weather, or complaining that you haven’t ac­tu­ally en­abled Siri to use Lo­ca­tion Ser­vices yet (as hap­pened while writ­ing this very fea­ture – oops).

In macOS High Sierra, Siri’s de­signs on be­ing a per­sonal DJ go up an­other notch. Al­ready, you could ask Siri to “play some mu­sic” or start play­ing some­thing by a spe­cific artist. But now Siri can re­spond to moods and make rec­om­men­da­tions – at least if you’re a sub­scriber to Ap­ple Mu­sic. (If not, Siri curtly notes “I can’t play mu­sic for a par­tic­u­lar mood”.)

Siri has one other trick in macOS High Sierra: if you nip into the Ac­ces­si­bil­ity pane of Sys­tem Pref­er­ences and se­lect Siri (un­der In­ter­ac­tion), you can tick ‘En­able Type to Siri’. Al­though pri­mar­ily in­tended for peo­ple who can­not speak to Siri, it’s a handy fea­ture if you need to ask Siri some­thing, are armed with head­phones, and are in a place where you should re­ally be silent. (Al­ter­na­tively, if you want to­tal si­lence in both di­rec­tions, you can also have Siri

Vir­tual re­al­ity

re­spond with­out speak­ing, by turn­ing off Voice feed­back in the Siri pane of Sys­tem Pref­er­ences.) We’re not quite in the Ma­trix just yet, nor hang­ing around with Johnny Mnemonic, but vir­tual re­al­ity is in­creas­ingly worm­ing its way into the world of tech­nol­ogy. As far as macOS High Sierra goes, you’re not (yet) go­ing to be cre­at­ing vir­tual worlds on a MacBook. But if you’re armed with a suit­ably pow­er­ful sup­ported iMac (which at present means the new iMac with Retina 5K dis­play), you can in macOS High Sierra fash­ion en­tire worlds us­ing the likes of SteamVR and the Vive VR, along with Fi­nal Cut Pro, Epic Un­real 4 Ed­i­tor, and

Unity Ed­i­tor. If that feels a bit much like hard work, just sit back in ac­tual re­al­ity and let some­one else bring lovely new apps to you when they’re ready.

Copy and paste

You may be fa­mil­iar with Univer­sal Clip­board. This fea­ture, which is part of Con­ti­nu­ity, works with any Mac that has Blue­tooth LE (and also a range of iOS de­vices). Both Macs need to be signed into the same iCloud ac­count and have Hand­off en­abled in Sys­tem Pref­er­ences. Then, as long as the Macs are con­nected to Wi-Fi and have Blue­tooth ac­tive, you can copy and paste text, images and videos be­tween the two.

In macOS High Sierra, this is taken up an­other notch, in you be­ing able to copy and paste files. To do so, use ç+C to copy on one Mac and ç+V to paste on the other. This is less has­sle than mess­ing about with AirDrop or file shar­ing. That said, if even this seems a bit like hard work, you can al­ways share your Desk­top and Doc­u­ments fold­ers via iCloud to ef­fi­ciently move files be­tween Macs.

For a list of de­vices that are sup­ported by Con­ti­nu­ity, visit the fol­low­ing Ap­ple sup­port doc­u­ment:­ti­nu­ity_­sup­port.

64- bit apps

If you spend a lot of time us­ing an iPhone or iPad, and you hap­pen to have a large col­lec­tion of apps and games, chances are iOS 11 thinned your col­lec­tion some­what. This was down to Ap­ple end­ing sup­port for 32-bit apps – some­thing that’s long been on the cards. Un­for­tu­nately, though, it’s sim­ply not vi­able for every de­vel­oper to up­date their apps, and so we’ve had to say good­bye to thou­sands of them.

It looks like ‘ap­paged­don’ is go­ing to come ‘back to the Mac’ at some point. There were ru­mours macOS High Sierra would start warn­ing users about 32-bit apps, but that’s not hap­pened at the time of writ­ing. Ap­ple did an­nounce at WWDC 2017, though, that all apps and games sub­mit­ted to the Mac App Store would have to be 64-bit as of Jan­uary 2018. Updates must be com­pli­ant by July.

If you use 32-bit apps, it’s time to bug a de­vel­oper. If you’re not sure, go to About This Mac un­der the Ap­ple menu, click Sys­tem Re­port, and se­lect Ap­pli­ca­tions from the side­bar. Click the 64-bit col­umn header how­ever many times it takes to get apps marked No at the top, make some notes, and get cracking writ­ing some po­lite emails.

You’ll need an um­brella… again. Ask Siri about the weather and she’ll con­firm it’s raining… again.

Apps like Pix­el­ma­tor Pro will take dig­i­tal paint­ing to an­other level, thanks to Metal 2.

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