Its been a week launch since the new iPhone 7 launch and iPhone 7 plus , iOS 10 and also the most loved macOS Sierra . A number of new features have now been added to macOS Sierra, including Siri, iCloud Desktop, and Optimised Storage. Apple released macOS Sierra (version 10.12) last week as a successor to the old OS X (version 10.11) El Capitan one. As a Mac user, you might have hit the ‘remind me later’ option often by now. However, these cool changes will make you think twice before doing that again:
With the new macOS Sierra version, you can sync your Desktop and Document folders automatically. This feature’s handy when the user has to access some essential files across multiple Macs. iCloud Drive application for iOS devices and iCloud.com on the web.
Checkout Using Apple Pay
You can now checkout simply by hitting ApplePay logo while visiting a website that supports ApplePay whenever you are using Safari. Your shipping and billing details will be filling out already. Complete your purchase thereafter via Touch ID on your iPhone. If you own an Apple Watch, confirm it by double-clicking the side button on it.
With “Auto Unlock” you can use your Apple watch to unlock your computer instead of entering your password. The feature is activated automatically by wearing the watch in the range of your computer.The first thing to do is make sure that your Apple Watch is updated to watchOS 3. You can do this by opening the Apple Watch app on your iOS device and opening the Software Update menu under the “My Watch” section.
First thing to remember, make sure you turn on the two-factor authentication for your ID. Do this from System Preferences > iCloud > Account Details > Security tab > Two-Factor Authentication. After you have updated your watch to watchOS 3 and have turned on the two-factor authentication, You need to “Allow your Apple watch to unlock your mac”. Do this from System Preferences > Security & Privacy > General tab > checkmark Allow your Apple Watch to unlock your Mac.
Also, ensure that you have a Passcode set on your Apple Watch for Auto Unlock to work. Not to mention setting up two-factor authentication by signing in with your Apple ID on your iPhone in Settings.
The messages app is updated in the new version of macOS Sierra to contain similar features as Messages app in iOS 10. Meaning, you can play videos and preview links within a conversation. To put it differently, You can preview links in the messages app itself. it would not direct you to the web.
Not only will The messages App let you respond to text messages with Tapback but also it will provide you with bigger emojis. Tapback is a feature that lets you react to a message with a heart, a thumbs up, a thumbs down, a “haha”, two exclamation points or a question mark.
macOS Sierra will automatically store files you rarely use in the cloud. Which will optimize the storage on your computer. However, if you need the files back, they can be easily downloaded. mac will save the files you often use locally. In case you may need to access them when offline.
Moreover, you can control your storage by Apple menu > About This Mac. Then, click on Storage followed by Manage.
Smarter Photos App
Apple has included many features of the Photos app in iOS 10 in macOS Sierra as well. Similarly, it also has the same Memories feature in iOS 10 that pulls together photos based on the locations and times to automatically generate video slideshows.
Apple released a new version of iTunes with the macOS Sierra update. You can play music from your Library and Apple Music using your voice. By simply commanding so to Siri. In addition, the new iTunes also has a great new Apple design.
Picture In Picture
Picture-in-picture in macOS Sierra specifically works in Safari and iTunes. As we already know, the feature was first introduced with the release of iOS 9 last year. Through this, you can watch videos in Safari and they’ll float over other windows as well.
How it works:
You will notice a picture in picture icon at the bottom right of the video you are watching. By clicking on the icon, you create a separate video window and place it anywhere on the screen. Moreover, the feature is active on YouTube as well. When you right-click on the video, you will notice an option saying “Enter Picture-in-Picture”. However, on YouTube, the video will stop after it is completely and would not automatically move on to the next one.
Siri made its way from iPhone 4s to Mac in the last 5 years. You can now use Siri on the Mac to open applications, ask questions, search for files, set up FaceTime calls and control Music on iTunes. You can pin the search results in the Today section within the Notifications Center after searching something via Siri.
However, According to our observation, Siri does not have HomeKit support or podcast controls yet. Activate Siri by opening spotlight search and typing in “Siri”. You can also activate it by simply hitting the Siri icon in the Dock.
Open Tabs in Apps
The feature was introduced as a part of OS X 10.10 Yosemite update. However, tabs could be opened in Finder Applications only. As a part of macOS Sierra update, the similar tabs can be opened not only in Finder Applications but also in apps like Maps, Pages, Numbers, Keynote and TextEdit. If your dependability on Maps app is high, this feature will make things way easier for you. Also, the feature may come in handy if you manage multiple files using the Apple iWork app.