New smart speaker expected as Apple kicks off conference

During the keynote, Federighi noted that the team spent the previous year looking for ways to polish the current release, rather than reinventing the wheel with an entirely new feature set. Photos will now synchronize users automatically across devices as well.

The Photos app has also seen some major improvements, including a new Edit view that allows for the fine-tuning of colours and contrast, as well as tools for editing live videos with animated effects. The new interface includes a bunch of light editing tools that make the application perform a little more like Adobe Photoshop. I don't know many people who use it, but those who do surely find it useful.

Photos got a big update past year, but Apple's dropping more improvements in High Sierra.

The new features will come in a software update expected in a few months. The first will eliminate one of the more annoying features of the modern web: autoplay videos. Once you're done with that, you're good to go with High Sierra, and updates will come through the App Store. The new Safari will also block auto-playing video.

Along with our ears, the new Safari is also protecting our privacy. That means you won't get hit up with three dozen vacuum ads the next time you buy one on Amazon. As far as video is concerned, we now get H.265/HEVC integrated in macOS High Sierra and the default suite of apps.




The industry-standard HEVC (H.265) is supported, it significantly improves quality rates of video streaming and 4K video playback. Apple just updated the MacBook Air, MacBook, MacBook Pro and iMac lines so they don't need to hold back much. This update includes a move to Metal 2 for driver optimizations, indirect argument buffers, SIMD group data exchanges, Uniform variables, Sampler arrays, and Resource heaps. With the Metal 2, Apple claims that users will be able to experience up to 10 times the graphical performance increase.

The newest version of MacOS contains the foundations for high-end virtual reality.

Furthermore, High Sierra also brings in support for external graphics card enclosures through the use of a Thunderbolt 3 port, with the aim of providing a hike in performance for MacBook users looking at creating graphically intensive apps and software that makes use of virtual reality (VR).

Since High Sierra is a maintenance release, there will be lots of little improvements all over your desktop that you might not even notice at first. As a result, High Sierra is all about improving hardware acceleration through a new Metal API, using machine learning techniques to improve the Photos app, and implementing a new file system that is at least three decades overdue.

Photos receives important tweaks that should interest many types of users.

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