During the Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) 2016, Apple introduced the new version of its desktop operating system with a significant shift. After using the same OS X name for more than a decade, the company announced that it is renaming its desktop operating system to macOS.
From this point forward the OS X will be simply known as macOS, the major reason for the change is to align the naming convention with the other platforms, including watchOS, tvOS, and the most popular iOS.
With the name change, Apple also announced the new version of the operating system, which is called macOS Sierra.
Although, the new desktop operating system is not a radical change from the previous version, the company says that it will introduce new features to bring Apple devices (e.g., computer, tablet, and phone) closer together.
With Sierra, Apple plans to focus its efforts on Continuity to help users sign-in faster using their Apple Watch. In the new version, if the computer detects your watch is nearby, then your account will unlock automatically.
Another interesting feature is “Universal Clipboard”, which will allow users to copy content to the clipboard on a macOS device, and automatically sync the content to all your other devices, and for example paste a piece of text on an SMS message on your iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch.
On macOS, users can now purchase goods online and pay using Apple Pay, thanks to the company bringing Apple Pay to the web. Once you made the purchase, you’ll need to use your iPhone’s Touch ID to verify the transaction.
There is also a picture-in-picture feature that let users resize their video on the screen, when they decide to engage on other activities.
iCloud is also getting some improvement in the new version of the operating system. On macOS Sierra, you can sync multiple computers, and you’ll also be able to remotely access your files on other devices, including another Mac, iPhone, or iPad.
Playing catch-up, Apple is now finally bringing Siri to Mac. Similar to Cortana on Windows 10, Siri can answer to queries, such as “show the files I worked on last week.” The digital assistant also integrates with macOS finder, to enable users to find content much faster.
MacOS Sierra will be available for everyone as free update later this fall, and with a developer preview rolling out in July.