At this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple unveiled macOS High Sierra, the next version of its Mac operating system. Mac OS High Sierra may not deliver a significant update to the operating system like macOS Sierra did last year. However, there are a number of features that are worth getting excited about
If you are now running macOS High Sierra on your Mac, you should know that Apple’s new operating system for Mac includes a lot of small hidden features that add up to a much better user experience.
In this post, we have compiled a list of the five best hidden macOS High Sierra features. Before proceeding, keep in mind that macOS High Sierra is now available as a developer beta, so it may include bugs. We recommend you take a backup of your computer with Time Machine before trying to install macOS High Sierra.
Automatic reader mode in Safari
Last year, Safari received a big improvement in macOS Sierra with the introduction of Picture-in-Picture mode, which enables users to play their video in a corner of the screen, support for Apple Pay and more.
With macOS High Sierra, Safari now includes a Reader mode, which removes the ads, navigation, and other distractions, thus offering a more comfortable browsing experience. Once enabled, Reader mode shows articles in texts and images form only, helping you reduce bandwidth usage.
Better Mail search
The Mail app for Mac strives to get better over time. Last year, Apple’s stock mailing app received Siri integration, allowing users to quickly send email, create reminder and search for email.
In macOS High Sierra, Mail Search is now much faster than it was, making it even easier to use Mail. The Mail app in macOS High Sierra also includes a new split-screen view that allows users to compose a new email right next to the inbox screen. This is a great feature if you want to use the Mail app in full screen mode on your Mac.
Live Photos Effects
Live Photos are a great feature introduced with the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus back in 2015. Basically, the feature allows users to create Harry Potter-style moving pictures on your device. In macOS High Sierra, users now can edit their Live Photos with three new effects including Loop, Bounce and Long Exposure.
Sync face recognition data in the Photos app
Photos in macOS High Sierra receives a big improvement with the introduction of an always-on sidebar, support for external editors and third-party project extensions. However, there is a little thing that improves your photo experience on your Mac. You now can search by keywords, favorites and type of photo with facial recognition. This is a great feature that allows you to quickly locate your pictures in the Photos app.
Aside from a Reader mode, Apple’s built-in web browser, Safari also includes the ability to block auto-play videos. Basically, you now can turn off auto-play videos for a specific site in Safari. The idea behind auto blocking feature is to stop some of the tracking features you may find on the Web.
macOS High Sierra is not a significant update to the Mac operating system. Basically, it brings a lot of improvements to the existing features. Keep in mind that macOS High Sierra is still in beta stages, so you may experience bugs and glitches.
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