Apple Roll Out High Sierra

The latest version of Apple's MacOS - High Sierra - has moved out of beta and is now downloadable as a free software  update for Mac users worldwide.

Available as of this week, High Sierra brings with it a number of new core storage, video and graphics technologies.

“macOS High Sierra is an important update that makes the Mac more capable and responsive, while laying the foundation for future innovations,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering.

“High Sierra introduces new technologies for VR, high-efficiency video streaming, advances in storage technology and more, while apps such as Photos, Safari, Mail and Notes are refined to give users even more reasons to love their Mac.”

More specifically, High Sierra will bring with it a new file system, designed to ensure more efficient and reliable storage and support for High-Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC), which is capable of delivering 4K-quality video at lower file sizes.

Apple's Metal 2 development framework will also be rolled out as part of the update, enabling smoother virtual reality content creation, faster performance and more. It'll come accompanied by the Core ML developer framework - which promises to make it easy to create apps with powerful machine learning that predict, learn and become more intelligent over time.

The Mac's native photo management app and Safari web browser are also receiving some small refinements.

macOS High Sierra is available as a free update starting today from the Mac App Store for all Macs introduced in late 2009 or later. 

However, Apple note that some features may not be available in all regions or languages. For more information, visit: apple.com/au/macos/high-sierra/.

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