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New macOS Sierra release date & new features

Henry Burrell | June 24, 2016
Unlock Mac with Apple Watch, Apple Pay on Mac, Siri on Mac & APFS File System

macOS Sierra UK release date: When is macOS Sierra coming out?

macOS Sierra will be available in the autumn for the general public, so around September, but the public beta will be available from this summer, in July.

In fact, the developer preview is available right now. This follows Apple's usual pattern of introducing macOS updates; WWDC is the introduction to developers (who get instant access) but then consumers must wait until the official release - this will be in the autumn, around September and most likely will coincide with the launch of iOS 10and new iPhones, although Apple has been known to launch its Mac operating systems a bit later in October too.

There is the option of joining the public beta programme to get early access to macOS Sierra, which is likely to begin in July. If you join the public beta programme you'll be able to download and install a pre-release build of the software and try it out for yourself, but be warned that it's likely to be buggy and may cause problems with existing software. It would be wise to install the macOS Sierra beta on a secondary Mac rather than the machine you need for work.

macOS Sierra price UK: How much will macOS Sierra cost?

macOS Sierra will be a free update to Mac users using compatible devices, following the pattern that Apple has stuck too since OS X Mavericks in 2013. For a full run down of the expected system requirements for macOS Sierra, read: which Macs can run macOS Sierra?

macOS Sierra new features: What's new in macOS Sierra?

Auto Unlock with Apple Watch

Apple is putting several new features into the OS. The first announced on the night was Auto Unlock which allows you to unlock your Mac using your Apple Watch. No more typing in lengthy passwords after the screen goes off! A small addition, but no doubt will prove useful to those who have invested in the Watch.

Universal Clipboard

Universal Clipboard was slightly overlooked, but it is a new, great way to sync your copy and paste data between devices. This could be best put into practice with an iPad Pro and a Mac: drawing direct onto the iPad before intelligently copying and pasting on to Mac documents. This is a great way of syncing information between devices and will stop the brain-hurt of emailing yourself pictures or even sticking stuff in the cloud to download to another device.

 

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