Speaking of the Apple Watch, why can’t I use it to unlock my Mac?
Well, with macOS Sierra, you can. When your Mac has been inactive or you’re powering it up and you get to the login screen, a feature called Auto Unlock will sense your Apple Watch and instantly log you in. No more typing your password.
What are the other new features?
Here’s a list of the major new features showcased at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference. They include iCloud Drive Desktop access, Optimized Storage, Picture in Picture, Tabs, and Universal Clipboard.
Some of the other neat features:
- Apple File System, a new file system not only for macOS but also for iOS, tvOS, and watchOS.
- enhanced Messages
- support for third-party app integration with the Contacts app
- Apple Music improvements
Photos for Mac gets new features, too. A new Memories tab automatically creates slideshows based on events, places, or people. There’s also support for extension for Photos that will allow for editing of Live Photos. When you make an edit, it will apply to the whole Live Photo, not just the one sequence you edited.
Safari will have a major change in the way it handles content that uses plug-ins like Flash, Sliverlight, and QuickTime. You’ll see an alert that tells you the plug-in is not installed, and you’ll need to click on a “Click to use” button to see the content. Apple is doing this to force websites to load—if it’s available—HTML5-compliant media implementations.
Have any other questions we haven’t answered? Let us know in the comments below; we’ll be updating this guide as more information is released.
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