With the start of Apple’s annual WWDC developer conference, we can expect an update to their largest platforms; from tvOS, watchOS, iOS, and macOS, as well as some new hardware additions here and there. This year’s WWDC keynote gave way to Apple officially announcing macOS High Sierra, the successor to macOS Sierra. Here’s everything you need to know.
Apple made a major overhaul to their Photos app with Sierra, and they’re back with a now persistent sidebar, and people can be put into groups for easier categorization. Everything made in the Photos app will sync between all devices, as well. However, what is probably the biggest addition to Photos is the ability to transfer a photo out of the app to a program more robust like Photoshop and then sync the changes right back to the Photos library.
Mail also got some updates, with Spotlight search results being improved that’ll show “top hits” when necessary. There is also a new split-view compose window, which will keep the message that you’re replying to on one side and the new message on the other.
macOS High Sierra also has a new file system built by Apple, which will speed things up within the file system. It’s not the thing that is typically displayed on an on-stage demo, but during the Keynote Federighi did show some scenarios in which daily tasks were improved thanks to the new file system. He also announced that Apple is moving to the H.265 standard, instead of the H.264 standard that the company has been using for a while.
Apple’s Metal graphics suite also got an upgrade, in which developers can now have access to the GPU. With the new update, Metals 2 is more prepared to handle Machine learning and external graphics – with Apple even offering a Thunderbolt 3 external graphics kit. A point the company hit home is that for the first time, Metal on macOS will finally be able to handle VR content, with developers being able to create experiences and use the HTC Vive on the Mac.
As well as the announcement of macOS High Sierra, he also announced a new iMac Pro and updates to both the iMac and Macbook line that will make good use of the new updates. Stay tuned to TechDependent for more WWDC 2017 coverage.