macOS High Sierra: Everything You Need to Know!

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macOS High Sierra: All The New and Awesome Features!

macOS High Sierra is refinement update. A lot more evolutionary than revolutionary. Just like Snow Leopard and Mountain Lion, Apple has focused on working out the kinks. Features from Sierra have been improved, and bugs have been ironed out.

Must Read: 40 Awesome macOS High Sierra Features and Changes

Best Features in High Sierra

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High Sierra makes the switch to APFS as the default file system format. It is way more stable, faster and has better security and backup features compared to HFS+. Apple is also making a big push for AR and VR by adding VR development features in Metal 2 and by supporting eGPUs.

Safari gets better privacy features. It will now block ads trackers from following you and will stop auto-playing videos. The Photos app is now less frustrating to use and Messages app syncs iMessages using iCloud. To read about all the best features in Sierra, check out our detailed article.

Hidden Features in High Sierra

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As Sierra is a refinement update, it is filled with small changes and upgrades that go a long way in improving the user experience. Here are a few of them.

  • Siri gets a visual update and there’s a way to type to Siri now.
  • You can pin notes in Notes app and insert Tables.
  • Photos app has new sorting features and easy way to export images.
  • Mail has faster search and supports in-app Split View.
  • Safari will automatically open compatible web articles in Reader mode.
  • GIFs will now work in Photos app.
  • You can take Live Photos when you’re FaceTime-ing.
  • You can share iCloud Drive files to anyone using a web link.
  • If you have more than 200 GB iCloud storage, you can share it with your family.
  • Official HEVC H265 video encoding support.

There are a lot more interesting hidden features. We’ve talked about them in detail in our article.

High Sierra Compatibility

The following Macs will be able to run macOS High Sierra when it releases.

  • MacBook – 2009 and later
  • iMac – 2009 and later
  • MacBook Air/Pro – 2010 and later
  • Mac mini and Mac Pro – 2010 and later

High Sierra Release Date

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macOS High Sierra is currently available as a developer beta if you wish to install it. As this is the first beta, we wouldn’t recommend you install it on your main machine. If you’re not a developer and just want to try the new features, we suggest you wait till the Public Beta is out. Public Betas are usually a lot more stable. High Sierra’s Public Beta should be out next month over at beta.apple.com.

The final release of macOS High Sierra should come somewhere in the last week of September.

Find our latest macOS High Sierra coverage below.

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Apple Seeds macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 Beta 2 to Developers

Apple Seeds macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 Beta 2 to Developers

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Apple Release macOS High Sierra Supplemental Update to Boost Security and Stability

Apple Release macOS High Sierra Supplemental Update to Boost Security and Stability

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macOS High Sierra Vulnerability Shows Passwords of Encrypted AFPS Volumes in Plaint Text

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Apple Seeds macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 Public Beta 1 to Public Beta Testers

Apple Seeds macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 Public Beta 1 to Public Beta Testers

Apple seeded the first developer beta of macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 recently, and now the first public beta has arrived.

Apple Seeds macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 Beta 1 to Developers

Apple Seeds macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 Beta 1 to Developers

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CleanMyMac 3 is Fully Compatible with macOS High Sierra

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Apple Confirms APFS Support Coming to Fusion Drives in a Future macOS High Sierra Update

Apple Confirms APFS Support Coming to Fusion Drives in a Future macOS High Sierra Update

Apple released macOS High Sierra for all compatible Macs earlier today. Among other things, macOS High Sierra also brings the new Apple File System (APFS) to Macs after initially making its way to iOS devices with the iOS 10.3 release earlier this year. However, Apple had updated its support documents last week to confirm that the new Apple File System would be limited to Macs featuring a solid state disk.

Apple Begins Collecting Safari Browsing Data in macOS High Sierra With Differential Privacy

Apple Begins Collecting Safari Browsing Data in macOS High Sierra With Differential Privacy

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macOS High Sierra Vulnerability Discovered With Unsigned Apps

macOS High Sierra Vulnerability Discovered With Unsigned Apps

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Download macOS 10.13 High Sierra for Your Mac Now

Download macOS 10.13 High Sierra for Your Mac Now

Apple today released the final version of macOS 10.13 High Sierra. Building on macOS 10.12 Sierra, High Sierra comes with a number of underlying changes aimed at offering a better user experience.