macOS 10.12 Sierra
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macOS 10.12 Sierra


macOS 10.12 Sierra is an operating system that was designed and developed by Apple from 2016 to 2017 alongside Apple’s personal computers. The system has been released on 20 September 2016 and was available for Free from Mac App Store, or was preinstalled on currently sold computers. This software gets the last update (10.12.6) on 19 July 2017 and later has been replaced by a newer version macOS 10.13 High Sierra.

Sierra is the first version of macOS since OS X Mountain Lion, released in 2012, that does not run on all computers that the previous version supported. From now Siri is integrated into the system. Users can access it via the Dock, the menu bar, or a keyboard shortcut, and results are shown with an interface in the upper-right corner. Siri can send messages, search the web, find files, and adjust settings. Results are interactive and can be dropped into other applications or pinned to Notification Center. For instance, pictures from search results can be dragged into a document. The Photos app now has improved face recognition. It also features object and scene recognition. It groups similar pictures together using faces, locations, and object recognition to create “memories”. Memories contain picture slideshows with transitions and music selected by the algorithm, which can be modified to the user’s liking. The People album organizes photos by the people in them, and Places shows all photos on a world map. Apple Pay allows vendors to embed an Apple Pay button in their online stores. In Safari, users can click the Apple Pay button to checkout, then securely complete purchases using an iPhone or Apple Watch. iCloud Drive has been more tightly integrated into the OS. Users can access all files from iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Windows PC and on iCloud.com. Optimized Storage can free up storage space. When storage space is low, it automatically uploads old files, photos, movies, and email attachments to iCloud and makes them available on demand. Files that are recently created and recent photos stay on the Mac to allow quick access. Optimized Storage also allows finding and removing files or apps. Apps that support multiple windows will support multiple tabs within a single window, allowing the user to keep windows organized similarly to Safari. When users approach their Mac while wearing an Apple Watch, they will automatically be logged in to their desktop account. The clipboard can be shared across nearby macOS Sierra and iOS 10 devices for cut, copy, and paste.

Today macOS 10.12 Sierra is 4 years old!

macOS 10.12 Sierra – General information

Overview

Introduced20 September 2016
PriceFree from Mac App store
System RequirementsiMac Late 2009 or newer
MacBook Late 2009 or newer
MacBook Pro Mid 2010 or newer
MacBook Air Late 2010 or newer
Mac mini Mid 2010 or newer
Mac Pro Mid 2010 or newer
2 GB of memory
8.8 GB of available disk space
OS X 10.7.5 or later
DistributionMac App Store

Versions

VersionsBuildRelease Date
macOS 10.1216A32320 September 2016
macOS 10.12.116B2555
16B2657
24 October 2016
macOS 10.12.216C6713 December 2016
macOS 10.12.316D3223 January 2017
macOS 10.12.416E19527 March 2017
macOS 10.12.516F7317 May 2017
macOS 10.12.616G2919 July 2017

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