macOS High Sierra’s best new features are the ones you won’t notice

“Apple’s latest update is going to disappoint a lot of people,” Bryan Clark writes for TNW. “It’s devoid of flashy features, notable design upgrades and, aside from a few subtle upgrades and tweaks, there’s really not much to love for the typical Mac user.”

“But for those anxious to write it off as a let down, I’d caution against it. High Sierra, below the surface, is Apple’s most important desktop OS update in years,” Clark writes. “What it lacks in consumer-facing features, High Sierra makes up for with a range of new features engineered to power the next generation of Macs.”

“Up first is an all new file system. iOS users transitioned to the new system back in March, but as is customary these days, macOS lagged behind,” Clark writes. “he system, Apple File System (APFS), is optimized for modern drives using SSD storage and offers a number of benefits, such as reduced file size, faster directory sizing, and crash protection measures that take a read-only screenshot that makes backups faster and more reliable.”

Much more in the full article – recommended – here.

MacDailyNews Take: We can’t wait to upgrade our production Macs to macOS High Sierra and APFS!


    1. We do. What else is there? All of our artist use iMacs. The pro hasn’t been updated in years and the new Mac iMac Pro I imagine is going to be over priced.

      An iMac with a good amount of memory is perfect for InDesign and Photoshop. Now if you are talking audio video, we don’t do that, so maybe the iMac isn’t good enough for that type of production.

  1. Seems to me that the reason the the new file system is delayed to this point has to do with the complexity of Macs as opposed to iOS devices. iOS devices are quite seriously locked down: limited or no modifications, little access to the file system, little interaction with external devices. Installing a new file system and keeping overything working (who’s heard of any glitches with that switchover?) is relatively easy. Migrating MacOS to a new file system faces many more obstacles: many modifications are possible, we dicker with the system and its files all the time, many, many peripherals to deal with. It’s a huge project to dea with the expected variety. I’m surprised that they’re only a few months later.

  2. Does anyone (developer) know if Apple plans to make the new file system work WELL with Fusion drives? I have heard of developers getting it to work 1) with much difficulty, and 2) it works VERY SLOWLY. I understand that the default for the upgrade to High Sierra will be not to install the new file system, if the Mac has a Fusion drive. My question is – is this a permanent situation, or will Apple be able to optimize AFPS to work well with a Fusion drive?

    1. APFS works fine on my late 2014 iMac (with a 3TB Fusion drive).

      Installing it did require that I reformat the drive, but other wise it was releatively painless.

      As usually seems to be the case with these upgrades, after installing High Sierra my machine feels ‘snappier’.

  3. Let us hope that High Sierra ends up being the Snow Leopard of the 1020s (well, a bit earlier…).

    There seems to be a broad consensus here that the most solid, robust, reliable, bug-free version of Mac OS X ever released was OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard (released in 2009). When jobs announced it, he claimed that the very few major features were actually hiding significant optimisation and clean-up under the hood. If I remember well, people who installed it on their older Macs saw quite noticeable performance improvement of their Macs (snappy!).

    It would be nice if we had the same sort of results here. I’m sure nobody would mind taking a breath from all those new major features, if the result is a leaner, faster, more robust OS.

  4. i’m just wondering if the new Apple File System will work with the standard hard drive can anybody tell me that? I would appreciate it.
    i’ve got a 2013 iMac, late 2013 with 32 gigs of RAM and 1 TB hard drive.

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