Let’s talk about High Sierra

3 months ago in Apple, Articles, Mac in the Media, Reviews by Wardy Miller | No Comments

High Sierra is Apples latest OS offering. The thing is, think of High Sierra as a “Service Pack” for Sierra. While there are a few new additions, High Sierra focuses on tightening up Sierra. Many of the enhancements are “under the covers”, in my opinion the most important would be APFS. APFS replaces HFS+ which is over 30 years old, and while serving us well, it is a little long in the tooth. Now with larger capacity drives there is a need for a new file management system. During the initial rollout it will be installed on SSD’s with Fusion drives up next. (I haven’t found any documentation stating when or if it will come to spinning drives.) The APFS is a 64-bit architecture and is designed for flash technologies as well as tomorrows storage capabilities. The 64-bit architecture allows for faster duplication and finding the size of a folder almost instantly. APFS also contains built-in encryption.
HEVC – The new video standard. When shooting video in 4k files can become quite large. High Sierra uses HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding) also known as H.265. It can compress video up to 40% more than H.264 (the previous standard) Using H.265 videos stream better, maintain visual quality, while taking up less space.
Metal 2 – Recently more and more applications are relying on the GPU (Graphics Processer Unit) in your Mac. Whether it is for games, or editing video, users are leaning more and more on the GPU. That’s where Metal 2 comes in. Metal 2 not only cranks up the visual experience, it also adds machine learning, virtual reality and external GPU support.
Photos – Now let’s discuss the applications that you can see some improvements with High Sierra. The app that got the most attention was Photos. The new editing bar in photos gives you much more control than in previous versions. New in Photos you have the ability to send your photos to an external editing tool, like Photoshop and import them right back in. Also, the side bar has been expanded making it easier to find what you are looking for at a glance. Now you have more control in your Live Photos, from being able to set the key frame to adding effects. Memories introduces more categories including sporting events, babies, pets and more.
Safari – Safari gained some tweaks, not a complete overhaul, but some very welcomed enhancements. The first being my favorite. Stopping videos that auto-play. That is one of my pet peeves. I’ll be reading a webpage then out of nowhere the speakers start blaring as some video (that I’m not even interested in) starts blaring. Safari in High Sierra fixes that by not allowing videos to auto-play. As always if you want to play them you can, but Safari makes it YOUR choice. A second welcomed feature is turning on Intelligent Tracking Prevention. What is this? You ask, when you do a web search for a product, let’s say a guitar. Then every site you visit after that you see an advertisement for the exact guitar you were looking at. Tracking Prevention will help ensure your privacy so your searches aren’t shared with other sites.
Siri – Siri has been greatly improved. The voice now sounds more human with more inflection. Siri also works with Apple Music to learn your preferences and offer recommendations.
This is only the tip of the iceberg. There are more hidden gems in High Sierra, see how many you can find and let’s see them in the comments.

Related Posts

Watching the watch. Watching the watch. Continuing to chronical the newest operating systems coming out of Cupertino, today we will examine WatchOS 4. With each iteration on the WatchOS Apple applies more and more polish to ...

Join Us Join Us Do you like Apple gear? Do you like to write? How would you like to write about your favorite gear. We a looking for writers to contribute articles and reviews. If ...

Cranking iOS up to 11 Cranking iOS up to 11 First, I kinda stole that line from Tim during the keynote, but it applies. Before we get started I want to say this review in no way will be able ...

Apple TV with voice control remote Apple TV with voice control remote [caption id="attachment_2649" align="aligncenter" width="538"] The latest generation of Apple TV & Siri remote (image credit: www.apple.com)[/caption]   Apple TV is a service that's been hinted at since way back before the first ...

iOS9 New Features iOS9 New Features [caption id="attachment_2643" align="aligncenter" width="552"] iOS 8 vs iOS 9 (Image credit: www.macworld.co.uk)[/caption] We've learned not to expect too much from Apple's iOS updates of late; not much has changed since the ...

Apple Through the Ages Apple Through the Ages [caption id="attachment_2628" align="alignnone" width="552"] Apple products through the ages. (Image credit: http://assets.inhabitat.com)[/caption]   You’d be forgiven for thinking that, given the recent surge in popularity, Apple are a fairly new brand. However, ...

iPad Pro: Features and Quick Rundown iPad Pro: Features and Quick Rundown   It’s that time again! Time for another iPad release from Apple; and it’s a good one. We’ve seen a huge range of iPads since their initial release in 2010, from ...

Apple Products for the Professional Apple Products for the Professional For the most part, Apple started out as a brand for professionals, creating technology aimed for use in the workplace of the professional. In recent years, however, their products have ...

Yosemite thoughts Yosemite thoughts Yosemite has been out for some time now so I figured I’d write down some thoughts. I am going to stay away from any of the features that integrate with ...

Enterprise OS Thoughts Enterprise OS Thoughts It has been a while since the WWDC keynote, and I have been mulling over this post. Let’s start with Yosemite. While Yosemite looks amazing, Apple is trying to get ...

Unwrapped a new Mac?

iBoughtAMac aims to deliver a well rounded collection of information for the Mac user. You've got questions, iBoughtAMac hopes to have the answers. If, after browsing the archives your question has not yet been answered, shoot us a friendly email at help@iboughtamac.com.

Featured Sponsor

Advertisement


Advertisement

Advertisement