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New macOS High Sierra software available from today for Mac users

Apple’s new macOS High Sierra software is now available for iMac, MacBook, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro which not only adds new features but also offers greater reliability and responsiveness.

APPLE FILE SYSTEM

The major updates for High Sierra are dominated by foundational technologies under the hood to make your Mac even more efficient starting with the new Apple File System that organises your Mac like never before.

HEVC

Also included is High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) which can reduce the size of video files but up to 40 per cent while maintaining visual fidelity even when moving to 4K.

Apple’s macOS High Sierra can also support Virtual Reality and it’s now possible to connect a HTC Vive VR headset to your Mac as well access all of Apple’s VR development tools.

PHOTOS

Your photos with High Sierra will mean better organisation and new themes with Memories which can remind you about the best photos sitting on your Mac.

Also included is Live Photos so you can create looping pictures that you can share.

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You can edit the images in your Photos library using third-party applications like Photoshop and Pixelmator.

SAFARI

The latest version of Safari can prevent annoying sudden audio and removes cross-site tracking data that can pop up on another browser.

Safari stops web video from playing audio automatically so you can browse in peace. Users can add sites they like to the Media Auto-Play list.

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MAIL

Mail has also had a slight tweak with a registration of the top hits and messages and will also tell you how often you’ve read a message.

Another feature is the ability to take into account the people you most often reply to.

High Sierra also makes searching your inbox even more accurate.

MacOS High Sierra is available now as a free download from the Mac App Store.

It will work on the following Mac models:

– MacBook (Late 2009 or later)

– MacBook Pro (Mid 2010 or later)

– MacBook Air (Late 2010 or later)

– Mac mini (Mid 2010 or later)

– Mac (Late 2009 or later)

– Mac Pro (Mid 2010 or later)

About Stephen Fenech

Stephen is the Tech Guide editor and one of Australia's most respected tech journalists. He is a regular on radio and TV talking about the latest tech news, products and trends.

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