Apple’s new macOS Sierra: The best features that you’ll actually use

“macOS Sierra has many new features and enhancements, some of which are significant and others that are more minor yet still nice to have,” OSXDaily writes.

We’ve picked a handful of features new to macOS Sierra that you’re sure to enjoy and actually use…

1: Siri on the Mac
2: Picture-in-Picture Web Video
3: Cross iOS-to-Mac (and vice versa) Universal Clipboard
4: Storage Recommendations and Optimization
5: Logging in with Apple Watch
6: Keep Folders on Top with Finder Sorting
7: Messages Link Previews

All 7 features explained in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Having Siri on the Mac (finally!) is very powerful. macOS Sierra users, just ask invoke Siri and ask, “What can you do?” to get a list of the many things Siri can do on your Mac.

25 Comments

  1. Asking Siri when my birthday is got the wrong answer to that given when I asked it on my phone (it’s tomorrow), yet my Mac said it was today despite also bringing up my contact details showing it as tomorrow.

      1. It’s odd it gets all birthdays right on my iPhone, but on Mac despite showing the right date in the contacts page it declares all birthdays for anybody I ask about as being a day earlier. I’ve changed timezones, changed the date, changed the time and it still does it. Siri doesn’t actually seem to look at the system date either as if you ask what day it is and have changed the date on your Mac it will still say the correct one. Looking online yesterday it’s the same with a other people as well.

  2. Aside from sports and a range of near useless queries.. a head to head comparison between Google voice search and Siri shows Siri to be a truly weak implementation. It’s simply not well done. It’s voice recognition engine is pretty terrible, it most commonly comes back with either wrong answers or “here’s what I found for you on the web”.. Snarky, silly answers aside, Siri has several parsecs to go to be the equal of Google’s voice search. Even my Xfinity remote has better voice recognition software. Siri on the Mac is not some kind of revolutionary development. It’s not “vastly improved” (it can’t even offer different voices as it does in IOS).. The novelty wore off about a week in. But this is typical of how these things break out. Google offers better web/cloud based services… Apple makes better products and offers an integrated ecosystem (and a far better desktop OS in general).. also the whole Desktop-iCloud thing is pretty annoying..

    1. Exactly,
      The voice recognition on the Comcast X1 DVR is better, Google Voice is better, Amazon Alexa is better, MS Cortana is better and the VW built in voice recognition is much more accurate than Apple Siri.

      Since almost everybody licenses technology from Nuance, this may reflect basly on the state of Apple’s internal SW team for AI and voice recognition. Maybe “Clueless Eddie” Cue is in charge of Siri.

        1. Siri when used with CarPlay is operating through the same speakers and mikes as the OEM system. It is far more accurate than the clueless Siri.

          Apple is not sweating the details. It seems to be more interested in binkies on Text Messages.

  3. Add features I’ll hardly use, yet me and many others are still not happy they removed the very useful feature of colored folders in exchange for the close to completely useless colored Tag dots.

  4. Speaking of removing useful features, I also liked Snow Leopard’s Safari feature where you can choose from the menu to just eMail the link only to someone. I use that every day on my old laptop and miss it on every other updated beyond Snow Leopard Mac I use.

  5. If you pair a Bluetooth headset (Plantronics) to a Mac running Sierra, it will stream audio from the OS but it will not use the Bluetooth headset mike for anything as it does not see it as an input source. Plug in a wired Plantronics USB headset and it sees both the Mic and the headphones and works fine with Siri.

    Not sure if this is a simple Driver issue for the Bluetooth mic as an input or if it is a Siri thing. Either way, Apple needs to put it on the to do list.

    Meanwhile on iOS there is no problem using the same Bluetooth headset.

    Anybody else having a problem with Bluetooth mic input on Sierra?

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