Apple has seeded the second developer preview version of its newly announced macOS Sierra, an OS that has been designed specifically for the Mac.
It is just three weeks since Apple announced the first beta version of macOS Sierra, something that took place at the WWDC conference in mid-June. To get the new update, Apple developers can easily head to the Mac App Store or alternatively, get it via the Apple Developer Center.
Just like what you would expect to see when a new software update is made available, the new macOS Sierra comes in with some needed improvements. For starters, Apple Siri has for the first time made its way to the Mac environment thanks to this beta version of the OS. With this, it means users of Macs will now be able to do what iOS users have been able to do with Siri for years – interact with their PCs using voice commands.
There are also new Continuity features that have been added to the new platform. From now henceforth, users of the Apple Watch will be able to use this smartwatch to unlock their Macs. In addition, users of the new macOS Sierra will now be able to copy something to the clipboard of one Apple device and paste it on another device. This will be facilitated via a Universal Clipboard, which has been integrated into the new beta OS.
Things have now taken to the next level as macOS Sierra beta 2 also brings deeper integration of iCloud services that sees any file a user stores on the desktop or Documents folder accessible through other devices. The Photos app has also been updated with deeper learning algorithms with respect to object, facial, as well as scene recognition.
If you are fond of memories, the updated macOS Sierra comes with a new Memories feature where users will be able to see a collection of their photos. You will also get a chance to enjoy using bigger emoji, rick links as well as “Tapback” reply options when using the Messages app.
Apple Pay coming to the web with macOS Sierra
One of the major highlights of macOS Sierra is the fact that it will be bringing Apple Pay to the web. This payment platform is currently available on iOS devices as well as the Apple Watch. This comes at a time when Samsung is working on a non-Galaxy mobile app for its payment service dubbed Samsung Pay Mini.
Remember, the new macOS Sierra beta 2 is only available for developers. As for the public version, it will probably be released alongside the announcement of this year’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, which should happen somewhere in September.