Apple usually has a lot of fun with their naming scheme of new generations of macOS, and since last year brought macOS Sierra, the company thought it’d be fun to call macOS 10.13 High Sierra. No, this weed joke isn’t a joke. It’s for real. And I think everyone laughed at the same exact time.
Beyond the marijuana jokes, High Sierra brings some new refinements. For instance, Safari has gotten faster and now blocks autoplay ads by default so you don’t hear some type of loud noise coming from an advertisement on a website you may not have meant to click on. New refinements to Mail brings important email to the top of your inbox. Photos has gotten fresh editing features and now syncs with other photo editing solutions such as Photoshop so you don’t lose any edits. Third parties can now print photo albums from your Photos library at your request (e.g. Shutterfly). The Apple File System, a 64-bit system with crash protection and instant file and directory cloning, is now the default system on macOS which brings some much-needed speed improvements. H.265, a new video codec that formally supports 4K as it’s flagship feature, is now default in macOS. And Metal 2, Apple’s second-gen graphics engine, adds further speed improvements and is being used in machine learning behind the scenes.
In addition, Metal 2 is bringing VR support and external graphics cards support to the Mac. Companies like Unity have already partnered with Apple to bring new VR SDKs to the Mac, while a developer kit for working with external graphics cards will be offered to those who want it.
macOS High Sierra will roll out to everyone this fall, while a developer preview is available now and a public beta will launch later this month.