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12 New macOS Sierra Features Worth Upgrading For



You can upgrade to macOS Sierra on your Mac computer, leaving OS X 10.11 behind. This is a walkthrough of what’s new in macOS Sierra and the more recent macOS Sierra 10.12.5 update.

Apple made a major change with macOS Sierra last year and continues to add features and fixes to your Mac with macOS Sierra 10.12.6.

Here is a list of reasons to install macOS Sierra and reasons not to, which can help you decide if these features are worthwhile.

Many of the new macOS Sierra features deliver on user convenience with faster login, an easier way to clean up your storage and sync your files to iCloud so that you always have the most important files with you.

Learn what's new in mac OS Sierra and how macOS 10.12 vs OS X El Capitan stacks up.

Learn what’s new in mac OS Sierra and how macOS 10.12 vs OS X El Capitan stacks up.

One of the most prominent new macOS 10.12 features is Siri for Mac. Just like on your iPhone and iPad, you can now use Siri to complete many tasks and there are new integrations. With macOS Sierra 10.12.4 you can now use a night mode on your Mac. In macOS Sierra 10.12.5 Apple fixes a major headphone problem, delivers an enhanced Mac App Store and offers an easier way to install the Windows 10 Creators Update with Boot Camp.

There iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch users will see the biggest benefits of upgrading with new connectivity options that make things as simple as copy and paste better. Buying items on the web is also simplified with Apple Pay for the web.

The macOS update is compatible with many devices, but not every model that runs OS X El Capitan can handle the upgrade. You’ll need a late 2009 or newer MacBook or iMac and a 2010 or later MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini or Mac Pro to use this software.

This is a look at what’s new in macOS Sierra and how it compares to OS X El Capitan in key areas.

Siri on Mac

Siri on Mac

With macOS Sierra you now get access to Siri for Mac. This brings the personal assistant you are used to using on your iPhone and iPad to your computer. There is no access to Siri on OS X El Capitan.

Siri for Mac can do almost all the things you already use it for on your iPhone, but now it can delivery many more features that will help you be more productive.

You can use Siri to send a message while you are working on something important, but that's not all. Siri for Mac can help you locate files and you can even have Siri narrow down those files as you search for them.

When you find a Siri result that you need to keep handy, you can pin it to the Notification Center so you can quickly access it again. When you find an image, result or other item of interest with Siri, you can drag and drop it into a document.



  1. SYM

    10/14/2016 at 10:40 am

    How about performance, battery life and app compatibility?

  2. David

    10/31/2016 at 4:59 pm

    Sometimes, you should just elave things alone…I cannto even download my pictures from Iphone to the MacBook Pro… Apple should have done a better job with this one…

  3. Randall

    12/05/2016 at 4:21 pm

    So… a bunch of features that either a) I would never use or, b) have been using in Linux since the early 2000’s. Bravo Apple for becoming the new Microsoft… at least 15 years behind.

  4. Jess

    01/16/2017 at 6:42 am

    I have been debating back and fourth to upgrade my iMac 2013 to Sierra…. Some of the apps I use no longer support Yosemite but I have found replacements for them…. other than the apps no longer support yosemite, I can’t think of another reason to really upgrade :/

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