At its Worldwide Developer's Conference keynote event today in San Jose, CA, Apple revealed macOS High Sierra (version 10.13), the latest edition of its desktop operating system. What's new? Super fast performance gains across the system, more privacy in Safari and an easier-to-use Photos App.
The developer beta is available today, and a public beta will be available later this month, once it's finished baking.
Safari is faster, blocks video and increases privacy
The Mac gets faster
A new file system may not sound sexy, but the new Apple File System (APFS) will make your Mac far more zippy. An on-stage demo highlighted that file copy times will plummet thanks to these new advances. Further, APFS will offer native encryption for privacy and crash protection for greater stability.
Searching and writing improve in Mail
Those who use Apple's Mail app will be happy to hear that High Sierra will make it easier to find the messages you're looking for. Apple will do this by improving how its Spotlight search works within the application. It's also introducing a split-screen view for simultaneous composing and reading.
The app will also use 35% less disk space than before, so your emails won't clog up your Mac.
Get ready for prettier graphics, and virtual reality.
Apple's also announced the second iteration of Metal, its proprietary graphics technology, which it simply dubbed Metal 2. This means that Macs can finally support VR, which Apple demo'd with a rep from Lucasfilm’s ILMXLAB who showed off a new Star Wars VR experience featuring Darth Vader.
Better, smoother video
Apple's effort to promote the H.264 video codec pushed the streaming industry to smoother video that didn't take as long to buffer, and the company looks to repeat history. High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) also known as H.265 video, will improve compression rates so clips take up less space locally.
More easily organized Notes
Notes sorts documents by most recent editing date, but what if you have a file you want to keep at the top of your list? The macOS Notes app now lets you pin items to the top, solving this issue.
Spotlight shines brighter
Spotlight, the search tool most Mac users utilize to find files on their machine, will get smarter in High Sierra. Now it will access flight information, and other information found on line relating to culture, sports, nature and history.
Henry T. Casey,
After graduating from Bard College a B.A. in Literature, Henry T. Casey worked in publishing and product development at Rizzoli and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, respectively. Henry joined Tom's Guide and LAPTOP having written for The Content Strategist, Tech Radar and Patek Philippe International Magazine. He divides his free time between going to live concerts, listening to too many podcasts, and mastering his cold brew coffee process. Content rules everything around him.