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How do I upgrade to macOS Sierra?

Sierra is the first under the "macOS" label Apple introduced in June when it retired the older "OS X" and synchronized the Mac's moniker with other operating systems from the Cupertino, Calif. company, like the iPhone's iOS and the Apple TV's tvOS.

You can use Siri on macOS Sierra, unlock your Mac with your Apple Watch, get access to a universal clip board between all of your devices, easily access your Desktop and Documents in iCloud and use Apple Pay on the web.

As with previous recent macOS upgrades, you'll find the update for macOS Sierra in the Mac app store, quite prominently on the main Featured display screen.

Apple has been able to shrink the file size of its OS updates over the years, so you don't need to free up too much space to make room for MacOS Sierra.

On 20 September, Apple will make macOS Sierra available for the public to download.

One of the most fantastic features is the improvement to the the iCloud so for iMac users who work primarily on that device (like me) you can expect seemless integration with other Apple devices now.

MacOS Sierra is coming out today.

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You'll also be able to use Apple Watch - or an iPhone - to authorize payments via Apple Pay, another new feature in macOS Sierra.

There's no one correct answer to that question, but we'd advise a little caution for any business-critical machine, simply because, like all new operating systems, there are bound to be a few quirks and bumps along the way. But it's taken an evolutionary approach to updating the software underlying its Mac computers. In addition to all the normal Siri stuff from the iPhone, Siri for Mac can also search for files on your computer.

The first obvious upgrade for macOS Sierra is that Apple's personal assistant software Siri being no longer confined to the iPhone and Apple Watch.

Apple's strategy has been to keep macOS and iOS X distinct and separate, though more and more we're seeing overlapping features that reach up into the cloud. The fixes are available for the earlier OS X 10.11.6 El Capitan operating system version as well. You'll also need to upgrade to Snow Leopard before you can then upgrade to 10.7.5 or later.

Users can now ask Siri's help in sending messages and emails, finding documents, looking up information, searching a user's photo library, adjusting system preferences and a whole host of other, assorted tasks. Additionally, all Mac apps that support multiple windows will now offer tabs. In Messages, you can preview links, send tapbacks and view stickers.

Starting with Sierra, apps now support tabs for multiple windows. The final, full version will be available later today (20 September) from the Mac App Store - expect it to be available by around 6pm in the United Kingdom if not a little earlier. A new For You tab makes it easier to find new music and the Browse section gets a new look to spotlight new music.

Picture-in-picture for Safari and iTunes allows video to display in any corner of the desktop.

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