We’d heard rumblings about Apple changing the name of OS X to macOS, and that change is now official. The Cupertino company on Monday axed the old and introduced the new, making the macOS nomenclature more uniform among iOS, watchOS, and tvOS. More specifically, it’s called macOS Sierra, and sports plenty of new features, including a new auto-unlock feature.
The big focus this year is on Continuity, iCloud and creating a better Mac experience. For auto-unlock, you can easily unlock your Mac with your Apple Watch; if you have an Apple Watch on, you don’t have to enter a password at all. Your computer will just unlock without having to input any passwords.
There’s also a Universal Clipboard, which will work across Mac and iOS. That’s not the hugest feature but it got a pretty good applause from attendees. Think of how much time it’ll save when you try and copy and paste links and text across devices.
These are minor updates so far, but Apple also introduced Siri, which works exactly as you’d expect. “It’s the same Siri you know and love,” said Apple’s Craig Federighi. She can help find files, perform tasks, and set reminders, just as she always could. An icon exists in the dock, and you can also access her in the menu bar in the top right.
None of the demonstrations Apple showed off were particularly impressive since Siri has already been available in iOS for years now. I don’t know how many people in offices across the U.S. will be shouting at their computers to do certain things. Siri, search for Finding Dory, just doesn’t sound like something you need to yell at your Mac.
Other features in macOS Sierra include Apple Pay on the web, features in Safari, and more. Expect the software to launch this fall.