Apple OS X is now macOS, adds Siri and smart iCloud features

Last Updated: 14 June, 2016
Apple OS X is now macOS, adds Siri and smart iCloud features

Apple announced the next version of OS X at the WWDC 2016 conference, but before getting to know more about the OS, it has got a brand new name – macOS. Apple has renamed the desktop operating system name after 15 years of its launch. The idea behind the change is to keep all four of the operating systems a common naming pattern – iOS, watchOS, tvOS and now macOS. That makes sense, indeed.

The first iteration of macOS will be called Sierra and will come with a bunch of new updates. The biggest new feature that is coming to desktop this year is Siri that’s five years after its introduction. Siri will work very similar as to how it works on iOS. By clicking on a Siri icon in the dock or menu bar, you’ll be able to call it up to schedule reminders, send text messages, open apps, look up movie times and sports statistics, and so on, as it does on the iPhone and iPad. It can do more than that, too. Siri on the Mac will also be able to search through your files and can save searches to the Mac’s Notification Center.

With an addition of universal clipboard, you’ll be able to copy and paste between an iPhone and a Mac. It also brings Continuity feature to Mac that will allow you to unlock your Mac automatically when you walk up to the device wearing an Apple Watch.

Apple is making file management a bit easier with iCloud. Its new feature will let you sync your files between multiple devices, be it macOS or iOS, allowing you to view desktop files from an iPhone or even an iPad. iCloud will automatically free up storage by moving old files from your Mac to the cloud, creating more space for new files.

Other updates include, Apple Pay integrated with Safari letting you make purchases on the web, so long as you have an iPhone nearby to authenticate, addition of tabs to most built-in apps, Photos to make will let you find people and places easier, and lastly, the picture-in-picture mode that lets you floats video in any corner of the screen.

Apple will release the beta version of the OS this July while the final release is expected to roll out this September.

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