MacOS High Sierra Release Date, Features & Details

Taiwan's HTC says virtual reality headset will be compatible with Apple's new OS

A new Metal 2 graphics API is also on the way, which apparently offers a 10x performance boost over the current Metal API.

Apple has unveiled the next update to the oldest Apple OS now on the market. Federighi explained that it uses machine learning to identify and track blockers, so that ads don't follow users across pages.

And finally, Apple is bringing its high-performance, more reliable file system APFS to the Mac.

Apple senior VP Craig Federighi introduced MacOS High Sierra at the annual Apple developer's conference, WWDC. Nonetheless, the moniker macOS High Sierra has hilarious reactions from Twitter.

Safari is faster. With High Sierra, Apple claims its Safari web browser is faster than all the competition in various benchmarks. High Sierra is available now as a developer beta, with the public beta slated to be opened later this month. Rather than use the old hierarchial file system, which is about 30 years old, the new Apple File System will come with faster app response times, among other improvements.

The Photos app has also been beefed up. Apple's Photos is one of the most popular apps which is used by all the Mac users.

A demo highlighted the possibilities between the Mac OS and virtual reality developer tools. It will feature recommendations of new releases and updates, videos, charts for games.

Photos Upgrades includes better face recognition that syncs across devices.

High Sierra hits this fall for free and with it, according to Apple, the iMac becomes a "great platform for virtual reality content creation". Thus, Apple's High Sierra has many more advanced features, for future computing. Apple is partnering with Valve to support SteamVR, along with support for the Unreal 4 engine and Unity. If you're really keen to try it out - and if you don't mind using early software that's potentially buggy and incomplete - then you'll be able to download the macOS 10.13 High Sierra Developer Preview right now.

Safari also includes a new autoplay blocking feature, which will stop websites from automatically playing video or audio content, along with better protection against website trackers.

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