After 15 years, Apple is retiring the OS X name for its desktop and notebook operating system. Starting this fall, the operating system for Apple computers will be called macOS.
The first version is macOS Sierra, and among other new features it includes Apple’s Siri voice assistant and new Continuity features (such as unlocking your Mac with an Apple Watch, and a Universal Clipboard that works across Mac and iOS, making it easy to cut on your computer and paste on your phone, for example).
Other new features include:
- Support for Apple Pay, allowing you to pay for goods on the web using a Mac, while authenticating purchases with an iPhone or Apple Watch
- Safari-like tabs for any app
- Picture-in-Picture for watching web video in a small window while running other apps.
MacOS Sierra is coming to the public this fall, but a developer preview launches today and a public beta will be available in July.