Siri makes its debut on Mac, with new capabilities designed just for the desktop. And that’s not the only way your Mac is smarter. macOS Sierra helps you rediscover your best photos, shop more securely online and work more seamlessly between devices. It can also help free up valuable storage space. Now your Mac does even more for you, so you can do more with your Mac.
Coming this autumn
Just like you, Siri can do great new things on a Mac.
Talk about big news. No matter what you’re working on, your favourite personal assistant is always a click away. The handy features of Siri on iOS are now on your Mac, along with brand-new ways to help you with the things you do every day on your desktop.
Ask Siri to do its thing while you do yours.
Siri on Mac is all about multitasking. So you can be working on one thing, like finishing a document, and ask Siri to send a message to your co-worker saying it’s on the way — without stopping what you’re doing.
Let Siri locate your files for you.
Working with files is a big part of using a Mac. And Siri makes it easy. Can’t remember where you saved that report? Ask Siri to search for the documents you opened this week, then refine your results to just the ones with the word “annual” in the title.
Keep Siri results where you can always find them.
Pin sporting fixtures, Twitter feeds, a list of files related to your big project and more, all in Notification Center. Everything stays up to date — so you always know where to find game times, trending topics or important documents.
Search. Drag. Drop.
Search for images and information just by asking. Then drag results to a window on your desktop. Drop an image from the web into a Pages document to make it pop. Or a Maps location into an invitation to get the party started.
Could you ask any more of Siri? In a word, yes.
“Show the PDFs in myDownloads folder”
“How much free space do I have on my Mac?”
“Play the top 40 jazz songs”
“What’s the weather in Edinburgh?”
“Show me all of the files I shared with Cecilia last week”
“Search the web for images of the Eiffel Tower”
“Get information about the Sierra Nevada”
“Find tweets from José Bautista”
“Call John’s iPhone”
"Add Laura to my 10 AM meeting”
“How do you spell broccoli?”
“Show my photos from yesterday”
“What time is it in Monterrey, Mexico?”
Rediscover memories in beautiful new ways.
You’ve spent years capturing moments worth remembering. Now Photos can turn them into unforgettable experiences called Memories. And powerful new technologies make Photos even better at face recognition, let you display all your photos on a world map, and even allow you to search your photos by the objects and scenery in them.
The web. Now accepting the easier and safer way to pay.
Your Mac has always been the perfect place to sit down and do some serious online shopping. Now it’s an even easier and more secure place to pay on the web using Apple Pay in Safari. Look for Apple Pay on many of your favourite shopping sites, then complete your purchase with Touch ID on your iPhone or by double-clicking the side button on your Apple Watch. Your credit card details are never shared by Apple when you use Apple Pay, and your transactions are protected with industry-leading security.
Auto Unlock with Apple Watch
Log in before you even sit down.
Get instant access to your Mac when you’re wearing Apple Watch. Just wake up your Mac and you’re ready to go. Take a quick call or step away, then get straight back to work. No password typing required.
Copy on one device. Paste on another.
Copy images, video and text from your iPhone. Then paste to your nearby Mac — or vice versa. There are no extra steps. Just copy and paste as you normally do. Found a great recipe while browsing on your Mac? Paste the ingredients straight to the shopping list on your iPhone.
Your desktop and Documents folder. Accessible on all your devices.
Now your desktop and Documents folder — where most files are saved — can be automatically stored and updated in iCloud Drive. So you can always access them, including on a second Mac. No more wondering, “Where did I save that?” The answer is everywhere.
When you need more space, let your Mac find it for you.
Storage space maxed out? No problem. macOS Sierra can help make more room by automatically storing rarely used files in the cloud and keeping them available on demand. It can also help you find and remove old files you no longer use. So there’s always room on your Mac for new files and the ones you’ve used most recently.
Files you rarely need are saved in the cloud. Until you need them.
When you need more space, Optimized Storage makes room by storing infrequently used documents, Mail attachments, photos and previously viewed iTunes films in the cloud. Files you’ve used recently always remain on your Mac along with optimised versions of your photos. You can easily find every file exactly where you saved it. Just open it up and download the original as if it was always there.
Easily get rid of duplicate and obsolete files.
macOS Sierra can keep unneeded files from cluttering up your Mac. It reminds you to delete used app installers, and clears out duplicate downloads, caches, logs and other unnecessary stuff. So you can be free of junk. It will even get rid of it for you, deleting items that have been in the Trash for 30 days.
Liven up the conversation.
Express yourself in fun new ways. Send a huge emoji. Respond with a heart or a thumbs-up on a friend’s message bubble. And play videos and preview links within the conversation.
Now with an all-new Apple Music experience.
Finding your favourite songs and discovering new ones is even simpler with the freshly redesigned Apple Music inside iTunes. The revamped For You makes it easier to discover new music and playlists we think you’ll love. The new Browse section lets everyone see the best of what’s available on Apple Music, from exclusives and new releases to playlists and top charts. And now you can view lyrics while you listen in the refined MiniPlayer.
Get all your docs in a row.
Now it’s easy to keep windows from piling up on your desktop. Tabs work just as they do in Safari — but now they work in almost every app on your Mac, and in many third-party apps as well. Just update to macOS Sierra and your apps are good to go. Breeze between multiple Pages documents in full screen. And look at lots of different destinations in Maps without getting lost.
Picture in Picture
Keep one eye on what you’re watching and the other on what you’re doing.
Now you can float a video window from Safari or iTunes over your desktop or a full-screen app. Play the video in any corner of the desktop and resize it to see more or less of what’s behind it. So you can catch up on your favourite programme while you catch up on email. Or watch the big game while playing a game yourself.
Apple Beta Software Program
Help make the next releases of macOS and iOS our best yet. As a member of the Apple Beta Software Program, you can take part in shaping Apple software by test-driving pre-release versions and letting us know what you think.
The macOS Sierra SDK has new APIs and services for creating more productive apps. Picture in Picture and Apple Pay make for richer sites. New Metal extensions give visuals a boost. And new features in Xcode 8 and Swift 3 take full advantage of macOS Sierra.