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macOS High Sierra Is All About Speed

Here’s a few things to look forward to when the new update drops

WWDC has been the traditional place to show off updates to macOS, and this year is no different. Apple has taken the wraps off of the newest macOS update, dubbed High Sierra. The new update brings a couple of new features to the fore, and most of them focus on one thing: speeding up the OS for a better user experience.

First off, Safari. Senior VP of software engineering Craig Federighi showed off Safari under High Sierra, which he claims is the fastest desktop browser of them all, with benchmarks pegging it to be 80% speedier than Google’s Chrome. The new Safari update for High Sierra also brings autoplay blocking, which does exactly what it sounds like – block annoying autoplay videos from starting and ruining your browsing experience. The new update also brings a new feature called Intelligent Tracking Prevention, which uses machine learning to stop websites from tracking you and showing you related ads as you jump from site to site.

Apple’s also using their own Apple File System to speed things up when copying and moving files around in your Mac. High Sierra will also see Apple move away from the H.264 video standard to the new H.265, which promises twice the compression efficiency of H.264.

If you’re wondering if your Mac can run High Sierra, don’t be – Federighi says that all notebooks that are able to run Sierra currently will be able to run High Sierra when it launches later this fall.

John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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