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macOS High Sierra 10.13 Delivers Refinements to Storage, Video & Popular Apps, New iMac Pro Unveiled

macOS High Sierra

Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984, and today, the company previewed macOS 10.13 High Sierra, the latest release during the sesion at the at WWDC 2017, San Jose — that deliver new core storage, video and graphics, offers an all-new file system, support for High-Efficiency Video Codng (HEVC).

This release also introduces an update to Apple’s advanced graphics technology called ‘Metal,’ that powers everything from machine learning to virtual reality. macOS High Sierra also includes a number of refinements to the apps Mac users enjoy every day, including Photos, Safari and Mail.

The new powerful Apple File System (APFS) features advanced architecture optimized for massive storage, offers enhanced performance, security and reliability of data from power outages, system crashes and keeps files safe and secure with native encryption.

With APFS, users can instantaneously peform common operations such as copying files and directories. High Sierra also keet complete read-and-write compatibility with previously formatted HFS drives.

High-Efficiency Video Coding (H.265) enables 4K video streaming and playback, up to 40% smaller.

Metal 2 features a refined API, improved performance, with machine learning, natural language processing and computer vision support. Wiht Thunderbolt 3, Metal 2 allows accessing powerful external GPUs. An External Graphics Developer Kit gives developers all the hardware and software they need to optimize their apps.

macOS High Sierra also adds delivers virtual reality and machine learning, enabling developers to create immersive gaming, 3D and VR content.

Later this year, Apple said, Final Cut Pro X will add support for professional 360-degree workflows with ability to import, edit and export 360-degree video.

Photos on new macOS is now easier than ever to organize, manage and edit with new always-on sidebar that presents albums and organization tools.

  • redesigned Edit view includes powerful new tools like Curves, for fine-tuning of color and contrast, and Selective Color, for making adjustments within a defined color range.
  • Live Photos can now be edited with fun effects and Memories curates user photos and videos around several new topics.
  • Photos now supports external editors, so Photoshop, Pixelmator and other apps can launch directly within Photos, with edits saved back to Photos library.
  • And, third-party project extensions support gives access to printing and publishing services, such as Animoto, ifolor, Shutterfly, WhiteWall and Wix, from right within the Photos app.

Apple has also made some additional App refinements with this release including:

  • Safari, automatically using Reader open articles in a clean, uncluttered format, while Autoplay Blocking stops media with audio from automatically playing in browser.
  • Intelligent Tracking Prevention using machine learning identify and remove tracking data that advertisers employ to follow users’ web activity.
  • Mail search gets faster and easier with Top Hits with most relevant results placed at top of a user’s message list.
  • Siri on the Mac responds with a natural and more expressive voice, and when using Apple Music, it learns music preferences, creates custom playlists and answers music trivia.
  • Notes adds simple tables, where a user can type in cells, make edits and move rows and columns.
  • Spotlight provides flight status information, including departure and arrival times, delays, gates, terminals and even a map of the flight path.
  • iCloud File Sharing lets users share any file stored in iCloud Drive and collaborate with other people.

macOS High Sierra Developer Preview can be access today, from the Apple Developer Program members site developer.apple.com. While, public beta will be available later in June at beta.apple.com.

Final release of macOS High Sierra is shceduled for fall release for update from the Mac App Store.

Here’s how to install macOS High Sierra beta:

  1. Go to Apple Developer, and go to Develop -> Downloads.
  2. The second item on the list will be macOS 10.13; click the download link.
  3. Open the file that downloads, and follow the onscreen instructions to install it.
  4. Once that’s done, you should land on the page in the Mac App Store for High Sierra. Click the link to obtain it (after you do this, you will find it under the Purchased tab).
  5. After it downloads, follow the onscreen instructions to install it. You’ll be asked if you want to convert your Mac to the Apple File System, unless you have a mid-2012 Mac Pro or iMac with a 3TB Fusion drive and BootCamp, where APFS isn’t supported yet.

iMac Pro with stunning 27-inch Retina 5K display

iMac Pro

iMac Pro, featuring up to 18-Core processors, 22 teraflops of GPU performance, fast Storage and advanced I/O, is the most powerful Mac ever is salted to arrive this December, comes in a 27-inch Retina 5K display.

iMac Pro, now comes with new Radeon Pro Vega GPU, featuring a new next-generation compute core and up to 16GB of on-package high-bandwidth memory (HBM2), and delivers up to 11 Teraflops of single-precision compute power for real-time 3D rendering and immersive, high frame rate VR.

With four Thunderbolt 3 ports, iMac Pro can connect to up to two high-performance RAID arrays and two 5K displays at the same time.

iMac Pro also supports up to 4TB of SSD and up to 128GB of ECC memory, and for first time ever, the iMac Pro features 10Gb Ethernet for up to 10 times faster networking.

In addition, Apple is also working on a completely redesigned, next-generation Mac Pro, architected for pro customers.

iMac with Retina 4K and 5K displays
iMac with Retina 4K and 5K

Apple also unleashed updated MacBook and MacBook Pro with faster processors, SSDs, along with a new new $1,299 (US) 13-inch MacBook Pro.

The updated iMac features a Retina 5K display, Kaby Lake processors up to 4.2 GHz with Turbo Boost of up to 4.5 GHz and supports up to twice the memory, Thunderbolt 3, new Radeon Pro 500-series graphics with up to 8GB of vRAM.

Fusion Drive is now standard on all 27-inch configurations and the top-end 21.5-inch iMac. While, SSD storage options are now up to 50 percent faster. And, a revolutionary Touch Bar with Touch ID.

MacBook now features faster Kaby Lake processors up to 1.3 GHz Core i7 with Turbo Boost up to 3.6 GHz and up to 50 percent faster SSD, and supports up to twice the memory.

Finally, 13-inch MacBook Pro features a Kaby Lake processors up to 3.5 GHz Core i7 with Turbo Boost up to 4.0 GHz, while 15-inch MacBook Pro goes up to 3.1 GHz Core i7 with Turbo Boost up to 4.1 GHz.

The 15-inch MacBook Pro now comes standard with more powerful discrete graphics with more video memory, and 13-inch MacBook Pro adds a new $1,299 (US) configuration.

Apple today also updated the 13-inch MacBook Air with a 1.8 GHz processor.

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