Apple has announced it will release the latest version of MacOS, High Sierra, on September 25. After months of working on the beta version, Apple has finally mastered its new update and will make it compatible for any Mac device from 2009 onward.
Some of the major updates in High Sierra include Apple’s new APFS file system, which according to TheVerge.com, should “free up some space on your Mac, speed up certain tasks, and make backups easier.” There is also a new HEVC video codec that compresses video files to make them smaller and lower the chances of potential buffering. Lastly, there has been improvements on the external GPU and the addition of VR support that will be new to the Mac device. It will be compatible with SteamVR and the HTC Vive VR headset, so the feature will definitely be something that VR fans will be looking forward to.
Aside from those new updates, there have been improvements to some popular Mac utilities like Safari, Photos, Mail, Notes, Siri and Spotlight. With the addition of compressing video files, Apple also plans to reduce the file sizes of other utilities and apps as well. Users are now able to “block autoplaying videos with a new Safari feature in settings.” The mail app will be faster in loading time and will compress messages into more compact files in order to save space and loading time. Another interesting feature is that Spotlight will know about your flight status and upcoming events that you have planned, so your iPhone and Mac computer will work collaboratively to adjust to your own personalization.
The update will be free to all users and will not take that much time to download and install. These MacOS updates don’t necessarily occur often, so when they are released after their beta trials, they usually have few to no glitches after a few weeks.