Apple Macs To Get Virtual Reality Gaming With SteamVR

With High Sierra, Apple Photos is getting a facelift and improved machine learning, and H.265 video will be supported.

The feature is one element of Apple's updated operating system, called High Sierra, Senior Vice President Craig Federighi told the audience in San Jose.

This is a 64-bit file system that supports native encryption and faster meta data operation. The company announced during its Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) that the next version of macOS' graphics API, Metal 2, will allow iMacs and MacBooks to move beyond the integrated graphics that power most of those lineups. Federighi also said that macOS High Sierra's core technology innovations are combined with the company's advances in hardware, and it pushes the Mac forward in exciting new ways. Metal 2 will also provide built-in first party support for external GPUs connected with Thunderbolt 3.

People can now start trying the beta version of the macOS High Sierra. It'll also make Mac computers a better home for virtual reality. Apple notes that Valve is optimizing SteamVR platform for macOS and enabling connection for the HTC Vive headset.

Apple has also improved the privacy side of Safari, adding Intelligent Tracking Prevention to make it harder for ad vendors to track users across the web.

A developer preview is already out to members of the Apple Developer Program. The Safari is undoubtedly the most frugal browsers but Apple went all the way and boldly claimed that Safari is the fastest browser across all benchmark tests including the likes of Jetstream. It will come in public beta later in June, and it will roll out globally for free later this year. The best part though is that the Photo tags will be saved across devices and linked to your Apple ID.

The default Apple Mail app has also been enhanced.

Metal 2, Apple's updated graphics application programming interface (API) created to better harness the graphics accelerators on its iMac and MacBook product line. Photos will have more editing tools, including Curves for fine-tuning colour and contrast in the image.

In other words, anything made more than seven years ago is obsolete and will no longer be supported. As well as graphics, machine learning will be powered by Metal.

  • Zachary Reyes