MacOS Sierra is Apple’s latest version of the Mac operating system, which was released just a few days ago on September 20th and while I would have loved to rave about the newest additional features, there isn’t much that I can find about this system. With that said, let’s take a look at some of the newest features.

Siri on the desktop

The addition of Siri in MacOS on the desktop is a nice addition, although I’m ultimately not sure how much much use I will get out of her. Mostly, this is due to the software’s limitations (fingers crossed could be removed) that she has on my system, for instance it would be great to give Siri the ability to force quit a pesky hanging app, but even simple commands like “Launch Safari” seem to take longer than they would if I just moved my mouse down to the menu bar and opened it myself. Similar to her use on my IPhone, the usefulness may end with quick notes and setting reminders.

I did setup with voice activation versus a keyboard shortcut, thinking I would be able to get a bit more use out of her this way, but the lag in-between me waking her up and her performing the action made the alternative of me doing it myself much quicker sans for very simple tasks such as asking “Hey Siri what is the weather”.

A guide for setting up the voice activation can be found at MacWorld – http://www.macworld.com/article/3096187/macs/how-to-make-siri-activate-when-you-say-hey-siri-to-your-mac-running-macos-sierra.html

Universal Clipboard

Universal Clipboard should work simply. You copy a item on your desktop / Ipad / or IPhone and are able to paste it into another IOS device that your associated with. The first issue is the general compatibility (Apple’s offical complete compatibility list)

universal-clipboard-compatibility
While the Clipboard feature should work if your device is compatible, as with most new Apple features its not so cut and dry. For instance, my desktop is a mid-2011 IMac which based upon Apple’s compatibility chart should work no problem however after several hours of trying to get it to work I am still unable. In testing there was almost no issue getting my IPhone 6 and IPad Air 2 to use this feature but my desktop continued to refuse. So for now I’ll have to continue to use the work around of sending text and images to other devices via a copy/paste directly into notes then going on that device and getting the note that is sync via ICloud.

Safari Picture in Picture

Safari can now allow for a video playing in the browser. How do you work this feature because it’s definitely not how you would think. To enable option for picture in picture mode you will want to right click twice in the video windows then select “Enter Picture-in-Picture”. This feature works awesome until you realize that simple abilities like on screen video controls are completely missing. The only way to rewind or fast forward is to use your keyboard keys, it works but doesn’t allow for the precise control the video scrollbar does.

MacOS final thoughts

The last couple of Apple updates were great, they provided a great visual facelift, a handful of new features (that worked), and a bit of a performance boost. But this latest update seem like it should have been included in an update in El Capitan not being setup as the core features of the newest operating system. Hopefully the limitations can be addressed that are currently occurring, if they can it, I may start to use some of the new features.