Apple announces macOS Sierra at WWDC with Apple Pay, Auto Unlock, Universal Clipboard and more


At WWDC, Apple has unveiled the next update to OS X for Macs, branded as macOS Sierra.  The update will ship in the fall. macOS Sierra includes Auto Unlock functionality which automatically unlocks your laptops and desktop if in proximity to your iOS devices and Apple Watch. More features after the jump …

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macOS Continuity will also share the Desktop files between devices, including the iPhone. It’s as seamless as using iCloud Drive. macOS will also help save local space by sending data into the iCloud reducing local storage pressure.

Universal Clipboard uses Continuity to share documents and data between Macs and iOS devices, by simply copying and pasting some text.

Apple Pay is also coming to the Mac with Sierra by bringing the mobile payments service to the web. Authenticate purchases by using Touch ID on your nearby iPhone.


Apple is also bringing tabs to a new system level, so multiple apps can take advantage of a tab UI ‘out of the box’.

macOS Sierra is also gaining Picture-In-Picture, just like iOS. Videos pop out as an independent window. Siri is also coming to the Mac.

Apple® today previewed macOS Sierra™, a major update to the world’s most advanced desktop operating system, with new features that make the Mac® smarter and more helpful than ever. Siri® is now on the Mac with brand-new capabilities to help with the things users do every day on their desktop. With Siri, users can look up information, find documents, pin or drag and drop search results, and even adjust system preferences. Seamless integration with iCloud® makes everything from your Desktop and Documents folder available on your iPhone® and iPad® so you always have access to the files you need. Universal Clipboard allows you to copy content, including text, images, photos and video from one Apple device and paste it in another. Apple Pay® comes to the Mac in Sierra so it is even easier to shop securely and privately online. And Photos now helps you rediscover your meaningful memories, organize your library and perfect shots like a pro.

“macOS Sierra is a major update that makes your Mac smarter and more helpful than ever with improvements to the apps you know and love and great new features throughout,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “With macOS Sierra, you can get information, find files and multitask using Siri, access your Desktop and Documents from anywhere, copy and paste between Macs and iOS devices, and rediscover precious memories in Photos.”

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