Apple releases macOS Sierra

Apple today released macOS Sierra.

Siri makes its debut on Mac, with new features designed just for the desktop. Your Mac works with iCloud and your Apple devices in smart new ways, and intelligent capabilities make your photos, music, and messaging even more enjoyable.

Get things done by asking Siri, the intelligent assistant now on your Mac.
• Enjoy your favorite features from iOS as well as new ones optimized for Mac.
• Send messages, create reminders, search the web, and more while you work.
• Drag and drop or copy and paste Siri results into your documents.
• Pin Siri results in Notification Center and reference them later.
• Find files, adjust settings, and get system information just by asking Siri.

Copy and paste between your devices with Universal Clipboard.
• Copy a quote, image, or video from an app on one device and paste it into an app on another device.

Automatically log in with Auto Unlock.
• Log in to your Mac automatically when you wear your Apple Watch — no need to type your password.

Enjoy the convenience and security of Apple Pay when you shop on the web.
• Use Apple Pay to make easy, secure payments when shopping in Safari on your Mac.
• Complete your purchase with Touch ID on your iPhone or with your Apple Watch.

Access files on your Mac desktop from your iPhone with iCloud Desktop and Documents.
• Automatically store all the files on your desktop and in your Documents folder in iCloud, and access them from all your devices.
• Keep the same desktop and Documents folder on your other Mac.

Easily free up space on your Mac with Optimized Storage.
• Automatically store seldom-used files in iCloud, where they’ll be available on demand.
• Additional tools help you remove files you don’t need, to save even more space.

Get control of your desktop with tabs in apps.
• Use tabs to manage multiple windows in Maps, Pages, Keynote, Numbers, and more.
• Work with tabs in your favorite third-party apps — no developer adoption required.

Keep an eye on the big game or your favorite video with Picture in Picture.
• Float a video window from Safari or iTunes over your desktop as you work.
• Place the Picture in Picture window in any corner, and it stays put when you switch spaces or work in full screen.

Rediscover the most meaningful moments in your Photos library.
• Enjoy favorite and forgotten occasions from your photo library with Memories.
• View your images by who’s in them. Photos uses advanced face recognition technology to automatically group photos of the same person together.
• Search your photos by what’s in them, such as beaches, dogs, or concerts, thanks to intelligent search that can recognize objects and scenes.
• Track your photo expeditions across an interactive world map.

Enjoy an all-new Apple Music experience in iTunes.
• Easily navigate your library with the redesigned Apple Music.
• Discover great new music thanks to expert curation and advanced machine learning that give you the best recommendations.

Liven up your Messages conversations.
• See web content previews and watch web videos right in a conversation.
• Respond to messages with quick, handy Tapbacks.
• Express yourself with 3x larger emoji.
• View the stickers, Digital Touch, invisible ink, and handwritten messages that friends send from their iOS devices.

Some features may not be available in all regions or all languages. Some features have hardware requirements. Some features require an iCloud storage plan.

macOS Sierra is available via Apple’s Mac App Store here.

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  1. FWIW, I finished the same update on my late 2012 13″ MBP. Having seen the above warning I opened YouTube in Safari Technology Preview and didn’t experience this issue. Didn’t get to Safari yet to see what happens.

    1. Just installed from latest El Capitan on 2015 mbp.

      There will be a separate screen asking if you want your Desktop and Document folders stored in iCloud. The default will have a checkbox that is checked. Just uncheck it and hit Continue to keep those folders off of iCloud. After installation the iCloud Drive section in the iCloud option in System Preferences will have an option to turn this on/off.

    1. Apparently, Apple hasn’t gotten around to putting Sierra into either the ‘Updates’ OR ‘Purchased’ tabs. But if you go to the front page, aka ‘Featured’, Apple has Sierra right at the top of that page. Click and join the download queue (which at the moment is having a massive traffic jam, but I can wait all night!)

      BTW: Apple suggest downloading OS updates via an Ethernet connection to your router, rather than Wi-Fi. I believe the point is to make sure you have an uninterrupted connection, which presumably is less likely via Wi-Fi.

  2. Nothing in the last three OS X iterations I can use due to aging 2009 and 2010 iMacs and older software that I still use everyday.
    HIghest OS X versions I downloademand can effectively use is OS X 10.8.5 Mountain Lion and OS X 10.9.5 Mavericks.
    I only started using OS X10.8.5 this past Jan. as all of my older and somewhat newer software run rock solid on it.
    OS X 10.9.5 is problematic for some of my older software.
    The only newer version of OS X that I downloaded and installed on my iMac is OS X 10.11.6 El Capitán that I have installed on an external hard drive.
    Haven’t really used it.
    I installed this for using updated iTunes for sync-ing my newer iDevices and that is really all I have used it for.
    Won’t be downloading OS X Sierra for a long while.
    Nothing in it for me to use.

  3. Just installed MacOS Sierra on my oldest iMac.
    A late 2009, 2.66 i5 with 16 Gb Ram. Although the installation went smoothly; I wanted to share to others that almost all the new MacOS features do not work. Siri sits quietly in the dock and will not actually run. However, roughly 97% of the software titles I use do run well. I would also like to add – that performance seems as good or equal to El Capitan 10.11.6. (Security alone, I feel its a good decision to install.) Yet if you are hoping to play with all the new toys you maybe disappointed.

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