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Apple's New Desktop Operating System is the macOS Sierra

The successor to the Mac OS X
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Image via: Apple

Succeeding Mac OS X is the new macOS Sierra, Apple's new desktop operating system that was unveiled at the company's WWDC 2016 event today in San Francisco. The moniker is accompanied by a number of new features, most significant of which is the integration of Siri. The feature can be used like Finder and Spotlight, allowing the user to ask Siri to search for files or switch between apps. It can also execute internet searches, the results of which can be dragged and dropped into other apps running on the desktop. Siri is also being opened up to developers, presumably to position the service as a digital home assistant in the mold of Amazons Alexa. 

Another major feature of Sierra is continuity between a suite of Apple products. Thanks to Sierra, users can see their desktop on their iPhone, and they'll be able to copy and paste between the two devices. Additionally, Apple Watch wearers can take advantage of Auto Unlock, which allows them to unlock their desktop without having to key in their password. 

An update to iCloud Drive will share files stored on the desktop across iOS devices, while Optimized Storage removes unnecessary files from computers after they’ve been backed up. Finally, Apple Pay comes to the web for easy online shopping. 

macOS Sierra will launch in the fall as a free upgrade.