When we reviewed OS X El Capitan last year, we wondered why Apple had yet to bring Siri, its digital assistant, to the desktop. It’s one year later, and Apple has obliged with macOS Sierra 10.12 (available now), the latest free annual update to the operating system. While some may be confused by Apple’s name change for the OS (from OS X to macOS), that change is more than just cosmetic.
Having “macOS” look like tvOS, iOS and Watch OS points to an underlying theme in Sierra. This update allows MacBooks to work better with both iOS devices and Apple Watches. From copying and pasting between devices in the Universal Clipboard to mirroring files from the desktop between Macs and on iCloud, this year’s update allows the Mac to work as a centerpiece in Apple’s ecosystem.
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