Tux, Say Hi To Apple's macOS "Sierra"

Written by Michael Larabel in Apple on 13 June 2016 at 03:12 PM EDT. 22 Comments
At WWDC, Apple just announced that OS X is being renamed to macOS. That renaming of their desktop OS comes after weeks of rumors that Apple would be going with the new macOS name. Besides announcing the name change, they also lifted the lid on "Sierra" as their annual update to the desktop stack.

The macOS Sierra release is due out this fall and is an evolutionary upgrade to OS X El Capitan. MacOS Sierra is bringing Siri voice AI assistant to the desktop, tabs to more applications, the ability to unlock your Mac when walking up to it with your connected Apple Watch, a universal clipboard to share your copy/paste between your desktop and iPhone, improved syncing between desktops, and more.

Overall, it's not a huge update but there are some interesting additions for Apple fans -- like finally having more of the OS X apps support in-application tabs. Of course, the only reason I wrote this post about macOS Sierra is a quick briefer for those wondering what the various Linux desktops have to compete against from the Apple camp later this year. When macOS Sierra is out, I'll be working on some fresh OSX/macOS vs. Linux benchmarks!

Those wanting to find out more about macOS can do so at Apple.com. Apple also announced iOS 10 today. The iOS 10 is bringing a redesigned lock screen, improved notifications, expanded 3D Touch, Siri improvements, facial recognition support locally, various other application improvements, and more.
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