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.

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10 replies on “Goodnight OS X: Apple introduces macOS Sierra (with Siri)”

  1. Any news if we can uninstall this new set of spyware …….cough………. I mean “feature” called Siri?

  2. Yawn. Died in the wool Mac fanboi here. Gave up on Apple in 2012, nothing of interest coming out of Cupertino since Steve died. Unlocking a computer with a watch, sure, that will never be hacked. I’ll stick with my Chromebook and Linux Mint desktop. Like, ummm, forever.

    1. I’m glad to hear that you didn’t survive the wool. I dyed on the battlefields of System 7.

      Apple’s obsession with ‘wowing’ everyday users with worthless features is what holds them back.

      Apple hasn’t done anything for the professional users in a very long time. And before anyone mentions the Trashcan shaped Mac Pro, let me tell you about all the PC workstation competitors, and their pricepoints…

  3. I thought it already was called Mac OS (or Mac OS X in full). Unless the hipster “lowercase no spaces” is meant to be an important change. I’ll continue to say Mac OS X as I write English, not hipster.

  4. Perhaps we are to assume that the image indicates which models will get this updated OS.

  5. So basically MacOS Windows 10? Seriously they bake in Siri (Cortana) and you can unlock with an Apple Watch (Windows 10 Anniversary update anyone?).

    1. Windows 10’s version of unlocking will also be more useful, due to not being restricted to having to own the same one make of laptop and watch. And voice recognition is even less useful on laptops/desktops than on phones (at least Cortana has some Google Now-like functionality, and isn’t just about voice).

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