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It’s not only iPhone fans that have something to look forward to in the form of the brand new iPhone X; Apple Mac users heard yesterday that they will be able to download the latest operating system for their devices, MacOS High Sierra, from Monday 25th September 2017.
More good news is that you will be able to benefit from the latest release, even if your Mac is a few years old. MacOs High Sierra will work on all Apple computers that ran on MacOS Sierra. The list here includes any iMac or MacBook pro manufactured from 2009, and all Mac Pro, Mac Mini, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro produced in 2010 or later.
By now readers must be itching to know exactly what enhancements they should expect from MacOS High Sierra. Below are some highlights:
The Safari web browser will now feature a new service called ‘Autoplay Blocking’. This will stop those nagging videos and other media that start playing automatically when you visit a website. Another new feature will prevent ads from following you across the Internet.
The Photos app now offers enhanced search and organisation. The redesigned app also includes categorisation updates and more filtration, and it will be able to recognise a wider array of faces. More good news is that when you edit something in Apple Photos, you will be able to seamlessly transfer it to a different photo editing program such as Photoshop.
Apple has also overhauled the MacOS’s core file system to make it even faster than it used to be. It will in future be easier and quicker to move files around and make backups, which generally speaking should mean fewer crashes.
The new MacOS also boasts support for top-of-the-range virtual reality. Apple earlier showcased its ability to work with the HTC Vive headset, although at this stage it does not work with the Oculus Rift.