macOS High Sierra Gets Unveiled: Mail Fullscreen Splitview, Browser Machine Learning, and APFS File System Support Inbound


With WWDC 2017 kicking off, Apple unveils the latest and greatest OS update for its desktop platform called macOS High Sierra. While the last name sticks to the original name of the previous update, the company has introduced a fair share of updates, which will undoubtedly improve your Mac experience when it is officially available.

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First off, what macOS High Sierra has done is introduced newer standards that will eventually replace previous standards for a far better experience. This will take place with the new file system called APFS, which is going to be running by default on the new update. Considering how it was able to make iOS smoother than before, this ought to make our existing Mac machines a lot more responsive than ever before.

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What About Graphical Performance?

The second biggest change being introduced to macOS High Sierra is Apple’s new API called Metal 2. With the Metal 2, Apple claims that users will be able to experience up to 10 times the graphical performance increase.

Remember when NVIDIA finally released GPU drivers for the Pascal architecture for this platform; this effectively means that users who decide to hook up an external GPU to a MacBook Pro via a Thunderbolt 3 port will be able to experience better performance while running macOS High Sierra.

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Apple is also shipping ‘Metal for VR’ with High Sierra. What this means is that they will be working with Steam, Unity, and Unreal to bring VR engines to the Mac. If that was not enough, a developer kit enclosure will also be provided to bring multiple app support in the future.

What Other Changes Are Being Introduced?

We’re glad you asked; HEVC is being pushed by Apple as a new video container to finally replace H.264. This will be able to provide hardware acceleration on new Mac machines and integrate it into their professional tools such as like Final Cut. Perhaps this will be able to bring better rendering improvements to machines such as the 12-inch MacBook and cut down the overall time by a fair margin.

Other updates in the mix also include Autoplay blocking, and Mail is getting a fullscreen splitview. What this means is that your inbox will be on one side, and the message you’re composing will be present on the other side. In addition, Apple’s Safari browser will be using machine learning to identify trackers and segregate the cross site trackers, which will help to safeguard your privacy.

As for when it will be arriving, macOS High Sierra will ship later this year, with a developer beta in late June. Will you wait patiently for the update to arrive? Tell us your thoughts down in the comments.

You can download the macOS High Sierra Beta today if you so wish.

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