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macOS Sierra (version 10.12) is the name of Apple’s desktop operating system, and was revealed at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference on June 13, 2016.

After using the “OS X” moniker for the twelve previous versions of the OS, Apple, as long expected, adopted the familiar naming convention that’s present for all of its other platforms, such as iOS and watchOS.

macOS Sierra includes some notable enhancements over the incumbent, OS X El Capitan. Features such as Siri, Apple Pay support for the web, Auto Unlock, Picture in Picture, and Universal Clipboard headline the update.

Users can expect additional new features as well, as has been outlined in our post covering many of the new additions to macOS.

macOS Sierra is currently available as a developer beta, with a public beta expected soon, and a public release scheduled for this fall. Once released, the update will be available free of charge from the Mac App Store, just like past versions of OS X.

macOS Sierra Stories January 3

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Back in September, a major bug with PDF-handling that led to Fujitsu temporarily warning ScanSnap owners to cease using their scanners with Sierra. The problem was later identified as a bug in the PDFKit framework in macOS 10.12.

Take Control of Preview co-author Adam Engst (via Daring Fireball), says that although Apple applied fixes in 10.12.1, it has reintroduced bugs in 10.12.2 – to the extent that he now advises against using Preview for PDF editing at all for now …

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macOS Sierra Stories January 2

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macOS Sierra Stories December 13, 2016

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Following a flurry of media coverage highlighting battery life complaints for Apple’s 2016 MacBook Pros, we’ve learned an internal investigation by the company has determined there isn’t a hardware flaw to address with the new machines. Instead, Apple is today removing inaccurate “time remaining” battery life estimates from macOS, a move that it hopes will address concerns among users.

There has been a lot of confusion over battery life estimates on the new 2016 MacBook Pros. Some were reporting estimates lower than expected via the macOS battery life status menu which offered an on the fly prediction of remaining juice, but there was a clear misunderstanding about how the feature worked. 

Apple didn’t have a ton of public information about how the battery life estimations were calculated, but we’ve talked to those in the know to get the scoop on why they’ve decided to remove it entirely following the MacBook Pro battery life concerns.

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Apple is releasing the macOS 10.12.2 software update for Mac today. The new version includes Unicode 9 emoji like iOS 10.2 plus four new wallpapers and plenty of bug fix improvements. macOS 10.12.2 is available as an update from the Mac App Store including for developers and public beta testers. Release notes below:

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macOS Sierra Stories December 8, 2016

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Apple is rolling out macOS 10.12.2 beta 6 for Mac — the second release in three days. The new update follows the initial macOS 10.12.2 beta at the end of October and multiple additional builds since. Today’s build is available on the developer center and will likely hit the Mac App Store soon [update: OTA available now].

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macOS Sierra Stories December 5, 2016

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