Apple began rolling out the latest major update to its Mac operating system yesterday. Named macOS Sierra (yep, the OS X name is no more), this update brings with it key improvements such as the voice-activated virtual assistant Siri's debut on the desktop, iCloud desktop integration, a universal clipboard across Apple devices, Optimized Storage, Apple Pay, and unlocking with an Apple Watch.
We have been testing the macOS Sierra Public Beta builds but now that it finally has its general release, we will explore how these new features and changes could impact everyday users and assess if it's worth updating now, especially for owners of older Macs.
Siri on your Mac
If you have been patiently waiting for Siri to arrive on your Mac, now is your chance. On your desktop, you can use this virtual assistant to search for files on Finder or online, add events and reminders to the calendar, control settings and check weather. Basically, it does whatever iOS Siri can.
The main caveat is that you can't activate macOS Siri just by saying the phrase "Hey, Siri." Siri on the desktop can only be summoned by clicking on its icon on the menu bar or holding down Command with the spacebar. If you're not a fan of iOS Siri in the first place, Siri on macOS will not offer anything particularly enticing.
iCloud Desktop Integration
macOS Sierra can automatically sync files in your Documents folder and on your desktop to your iCloud Drive. This works across other Macs too and the synced files will be accessible on iOS devices too.