MacOS High Sierra released

New major version of macOS available now, with some cool new features and updates
26 September 2017   1330

Good news for all Mac users and Apple lovers. New major version of macOS released. It is called High Sierra. 

What's new in macOS High Sierra?

The new version of macOS was announced on the WWDC 2017. Before now, only beta version was available. 

macOS High Sierra
macOS High Sierra

So, the major updates and changes are:

Apple File System update. New version of file system for Macs is way faster and safer. It allows users to work with flash drives of high capacity, standard functions are being performed faster, for example, copying files, and also includes built-in encryption.

macOS High Sierra
macOS High Sierra

Metal 2. A new version of Metal technology, now supports virtual reality and external graphics processors. High Sierra Macs are able to work with VR-solutions due to improved support for  SteamVR from Valve and HTC Vive. As for macOS developer, it enables you to maximize the graphics and compute potential of macOS apps. Metal 2 further boosts performance by letting the GPU take more control of the rendering pipeline. Metal Performance Shaders comes to Mac helping your app to accelerate much more than just graphics. It also offers enhanced developer tools that make it even easier to debug, optimize, and deploy apps that use Metal. macOS High Sierra gives developers and content creators the ability to create stunning video and 3D content using the whole new level of interactivity that VR provides.

macOS High Sierra Metal 2
macOS High Sierra Metal 2

HEVC. Now Mac users are able to work with HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding) videos. It allows to view 4k video and use 40% less memory. HEVC is designed to help users send videos faster and safe computer's memory.

New photo tools. Advanced side menu, new filters, editing tools and effects for Live Photos.

macOS High Sierra photo tools
macOS High Sierra photo tools

Safari update. The updated Safari browser will disable automatic video playback, it deletes the cookies of third-party ad networks every 24 hours, open web pages in Reader mode without ads and allow creating individual settings for each site. 

macOS High Sierra Safari settings
macOS High Sierra Safari settings

Supported versions. With macOS High Sierra, the MacBook and iMac are not older than 2009, the MacBook Air is not older than 2010 and the MacBook Pro, Mac mini and Mac Pro are not older than mid-2010.

Apple to Relaese Swift 5

Official builds are prepared for Linux (Ubuntu 14.04, 16.04, 18.04) and macOS (Xcode)
27 March 2019   512

After a year of development, Apple released the update of the Swift v. 5. Official builds are prepared for Linux (Ubuntu 14.04, 16.04, 18.04) and macOS (Xcode). The source code is distributed under the Apache 2.0 license.

The new version has ABI stabilized for macOS, iOS, tvOS and watchOS platforms. It is possible to deliver new versions of libraries without recompiling applications. In the standard library, the internal representation of strings is translated to UTF-8 encoding. Improved support for raw text (with special characters and line breaks) in string literals. New type for Result error handlers and SIMD vector type added. The possibilities for interpolating strings with the String type (text selection from arbitrary data) are expanded. The performance of the Dictionary and Set types has been increased.

The package manager provides support for mirroring dependencies, associating assembly parameters with a target platform, generating coverage data, and defining custom requirements for supported target platforms. The ability to import libraries into the REPL without assembly in the format of executable files has been added to the "swift run" command.

Get more info at official website