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Apple Seeds Seventh Beta of macOS Sierra to Developers and Public Beta Testers

Apple today released the seventh beta of macOS Sierra, the newest operating system designed for the Mac, to developers and public beta testers. macOS Sierra beta 7 comes one week after the release of the sixth beta and two months after the software was first unveiled at Apple's 2016 Worldwide Developers Conference.

Developers and public beta testers can download today's update through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store. Developers can also download the beta from the Apple Developer Center.

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macOS Sierra is a major update that brings Siri to the Mac for the first time, allowing users to conduct voice searches to quickly find files, look up information, and more. New Continuity features offer an "Auto Unlock" option for unlocking a Mac with an Apple Watch and a "Universal Clipboard" for copying text on one Apple device and pasting it on another.

Deeper iCloud integration allows files stored on the desktop or the Documents folder of a Mac to be accessed on all of a user's devices, and Photos features deep learning algorithms for improved facial, object, and scene recognition. There's also a Memories feature for displaying photo collections, and Messages has rich links, bigger emoji, and "Tapback" response options.

Apple Pay is coming to the web in macOS Sierra, with payments authenticated through an iPhone or Apple Watch, and new features like multiple tabs, Picture in Picture multitasking, optimized storage, and revamped emoji are also available.

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macOS Sierra is currently available to developers and public beta testers, and it will see a wider public release this fall. For full details on all of the new features included in macOS Sierra, make sure to check out our macOS Sierra roundup.


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23 months ago

I think El Capitan is where it ends for my 2010 17" MBP.

This doesn't seem to run all too smoothly for it. Windows 7/10 already runs a lot quicker than El Cap as it is, sadly.


Do you have an SSD? El Cap runs like El Crap on a spinner. But max out the RAM, throw in an SSD, and you're laughing.
Rating: 15 Votes
23 months ago

Do you have an SSD? El Cap runs like El Crap on a spinner. But max out the RAM, throw in an SSD, and you're laughing.


Yeah, an SSD is the most bang for the buck upgrade for those old machines.

It will feel like a BRAND NEW COMPUTER. It's amazing.
Rating: 15 Votes
23 months ago

HODOR!

Oh, wait wrong thread.


What was the right thread for that response? :confused:
Rating: 13 Votes
23 months ago

Wow, didn't even consider this. I have an early 2011 MacBook Pro. Found a 525 GB SSD on Crucial for $129. Seems like a no brainer.

Does it really make it feel like a new computer? Thanks.

Thom


upgrading to an SSD does make a huge difference compared to spinning hard disks. I will never go back to spinning hard disks.
Rating: 9 Votes
23 months ago
Too bad there's no new rMBP to go with it. School started and I had to go with Dell XPS 15. Sorry Apple. I don't know what you guys are doing all day, but it's definitely not Mac.
Rating: 7 Votes
23 months ago
HODOR!

Oh, wait wrong thread.
Rating: 6 Votes
23 months ago

Do you have an SSD? El Cap runs like El Crap on a spinner. But max out the RAM, throw in an SSD, and you're laughing.

+1 Running the Sierra betas on my 2008 MBP 17" - only 4GB of ram, but a 256GB SSD. Runs fine.
Rating: 4 Votes
23 months ago
No fair. I'm not home right now.
Rating: 4 Votes
23 months ago
The Public Beta is available, too. It's 16A304a.
Rating: 3 Votes
23 months ago

I think El Capitan is where it ends for my 2010 17" MBP.

This doesn't seem to run all too smoothly for it. Windows 7/10 already runs a lot quicker than El Cap as it is, sadly.


Somewhat ironic that Microsoft still supports even 10 year old Macs with OS software updates, while Apple gave up on them a long time ago ...
Rating: 3 Votes

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