Mac OS – 10.12 Sierra Beta Announcement

The Mac OS Sierra Beta Announcement!

Mac OS Beta (named after the second letter of the Greek alphabet), is the software development phase following alpha. Beta phase generally begins when the software is feature complete but likely to contain a number of known or unknown bugs.  Thus it is released to the public for the first time, outside the company that developed it, as a means of incorporating Usability Testing.

Apple recently unveiled their new Mac OS 10.12 Sierra Beta and announced that Apple Developers could get early access.

This release is very feature rich version of Mac OS that is looking to expand on current work habits of Mac Users.  This new version of Mac OS has promising new features to help boost productivity for the every-day user.

Apple promises “Mac OS Sierra does even more for you, so you can do more with your Mac.”

Communication is key in this release.  Expect to see a lot of the features to be device-oriented, as apple wants to unify it’s mobile devices with it’s various Macintosh products.
Here’s a list of new features Apple says Mac OS Sierra will come with:

  1. Universal Clipboard: Copy images, video, and text from an app on your iPhone. Then paste into another app on your nearby Mac — or vice versa. There are no extra steps. Just copy and paste as you normally do. Find a great recipe while browsing on your Mac? Paste the ingredients right to the grocery list on your iPhone.
  2. Auto-Unlock with Apple Watch: Automatically log in to your Mac when you’re wearing your Apple Watch. No password typing required. Need to take a quick call or step away? Get right back to work when you return.
  3. Optimized Storage: Storage space maxed out? No problem.  Mac OS Sierra can help make more room by automatically storing rarely used files in iCloud and keeping them available on demand. It can also help you find and remove old files you no longer use. So the files you’ve used most recently stay on your Mac and there’s always room for new ones.
  4. iCloud File Substitution: When you need more space, Optimized Storage makes room by storing infrequently used files, email attachments, photos, and previously viewed iTunes movies in the cloud. You can easily find every file right where you saved it. Just open it up and download the original as if it was always there.

Get signed up for the Mac OS Beta here:  https://beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram/

Stay tuned, we will post a tutorial on how to install the Mac OS Sierra beta without having to be an Apple developer, here at LearnMac.org.

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