MacOS Sierra hidden features
Even though Apple talked about general changes and big new features of MacOS Sierra during the WWDC 2016, they did not talk about every single feature. However, as MacOS is currently in a beta, users are discovering new features.
- Rearranging Third-Party Apps on the Menu Bar
The Menu bar is a significant part of OS X ( and now MacOS ) because it is the screen where you see the options for apps; it is the screen where you see your battery indicator, time, and settings for wifi, Bluetooth, AirPlay, etc; also, it is the screen where you see shortcuts forThird-Party apps.
Normally, you can arrange the official menu apps by simply holding the Command key and then dragging the app. However, the same thing couldn’t be done for the Third-Party apps ( at least, not officially. You could always use some apps like Bartender ) until now. With MacOS Sierra, you can arrange the stock apps as well as the Third-Party apps on the Menu Bar.
- New Apple File System
Besides of having new fancy features like Siri, MacOS Sierra also included very important under hood improvements such as the new Apple File System.
Starting from 2017, HPS+ file system will be replaced by APFS not only on MacOS but also on iOS, tvOS, and watchOS. However, APFS system is already included in the MacOS Sierra Beta.
APFS File system has all the features of HPS+ but it is greatly optimized for Flash/SSD storage, encryption, copy-on-write metadata and fast directory sizing.
- RAID is back
Normally, OS X was supporting RAID, but Apple decided to remove the RAID support with OS X El Capitan which made many people angry.
However, with MacOS, RAID comes back to the life. Even though it is not a feature that will concern basic users, still it is nice to have a RAID support.
- AMD Polaris Support
This year, Apple will introduce a new MacBook Pro. Also, AMD has a new GPU architecture. Does that mean anything?. Normally, no. However, it is not a coincidence that MacOS supports the latest Polaris GPUs. This is probably the sign that shows 2016 MacBook Pro may come with a Polaris GPU.
However, it is not a surprise at all. Even though MacBook Pro 13 always lacked the dedicated GPU, MacBook Pro 15 always had a dedicated AMD GPU and it looks like Apple will continue doing that with 2016 MacBook Pro models.