Apple sends Mac users to the High Sierra

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Federighi absolutely slammed through the macOS updates today, but it feels to some extent like an update that is all about refinement rather than major new consumer-facing features.

Apple is also introducing Metal for VR. This feature will not block advertisements, but does enhance the privacy of an individual user. Do you have a story for The Sun Online news team?

Apple is pushing the Mac as a machine that's made for virtual reality, with new hardware and software updates built for VR. The browser is also adding "intelligent" tracking prevention in order to cut down on ads that follow you around the Internet.

Mail is going to be more disk-space efficient, taking up 35 percent less space for mail storage.

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Following in the spirit of Mountain Lion and El Capitan, this year's version of macOS is more of a maintenance release than a full-on new version.

Faces is better now too, with some recognition enhancement. This enables even the less talented artists among us to fine tune the edges of drawings and other is also possible to color in a selected range with the new software, while users switching to another editing tool to make further edits will be able to benefit from an automatic syncing with their Photos library. It will also for the first time support third-party extensions, granting users access to publishing services like Animoto, Shutterfly and Wix from within the Photos app.

It is available in developer beta starting today and will be available to the wider masses later in 2017 and includes improvement for the few quirks one may have encountered in the previous (or the first macOS) release.

The new default files system, imaginatively called Apple Files, makes handling files all the better in MacOS. This will include native file encryption, crash protection, and both instant file and directory cloning. It's super fast, so copying files and other common tasks are as nippy as possible. You'll also enjoy up to 40 per cent improvement in compression compared with the last generation. It also brings an all-new file system and support for support for High-Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC). Apple has launched a new graphics API for developers, called Metal 2. Utilizing the power of Unreal Engine and Metal 2, the demo showcased lighting, models, and putting together a scene with Darth Vader. You can also create movies out of photos taken in portrait mode, as well as trim live photos or add a long exposure or seamless loop to one. This week, this included "Minecraft: Pocket" and a new version of "Goat Simulator", an oddball game that's exactly what its name sounds like. Once you're done with that, you're good to go with High Sierra, and updates will come through the App Store. The biggest advantage of this upgrade to Metal is that macOS will now be able to support Virtual Reality.