Apple Releases macOS Sierra with Siri, Apple Pay for Web, Picture-in-Picture, and More

Apple on Tuesday released macOS Sierra for its laptop and desktop computers. The software update is free, and compatible with iMacs and MacBooks from 2009 or later, as well as MacBook Airs, MacBook Pros, Mac Minis and Mac Pros from 2010 or later.

Here are the major new features in macOS Sierra:


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. You can ask the assistant to do things like search for documents, images and other information, and then you can actually drag and drop the results to a window on your desktop. You can also pin results like sports schedules, Twitter searches and a list of files in Notification Center, so everything stays a click away.

Auto Unlock

If you own an Apple Watch, macOS Sierra will automatically unlock your Mac if it detects you near your Mac.

Universal Clipboard

Building on the Continuity feature that Apple first debuted with iOS 8, you can now quickly copy content from your Mac and paste it on your iPhone or iPad thanks to the universal clipboard feature. The feature works vice versa as well.

Apple Pay

With macOS Sierra, Apple is debuting Apple Pay for the web. Using your iPhone or Apple Watch, one can quickly authorise Apple Pay transactions on the web safely and securely.
Other notable macOS features:
  • Apple Pay support in Safari allows you to authorize payments on compatible websites with your iPhone or Apple Watch.
  • Improved Photos app adds enhanced face recognition, support for Apple’s new Memories slideshow feature, and more.
  • New Messages app supports [some of] the fun new messaging features added in iOS 10.
  • Updated iTunes app offers all-new Apple Music experience with revamped For You tab.
  • System-wide Tabs work just like they do in Safari, allowing you to avoid getting overwhelmed by open windows.

Compatible Mac models

macOS Sierra is compatible with the following Mac models:
2009 and later:
  • MacBook
  • iMac
2010 and later:
  • MacBook Air
  • MacBook Pro
  • Mac Mini
  • Mac Pro

macOS Sierra is available as a free download for all compatible Mac models. You can download it from the ‘Updates’ tab of the Mac App Store.

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