Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 5th Jun 2017 22:06 UTC
Mac OS X

macOS High Sierra will deliver new video and graphics technologies that will lay the groundwork for even more improvements to macOS down the line, according to Apple. The big additions in High Sierra include Apple File System (APFS), support for High-Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC), and an all-new version of Metal - simply called Metal 2 - which will allow Apple's advanced graphics tech to power even more Mac apps, including machine learning and VR-based content.

Apple also mentioned that macOS' window manager will run on Metal 2. As always, be sure to take a peek at Apple's official High Sierra page.

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by AaronMiller on Tue 6th Jun 2017 00:40 UTC
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Better late than never. External video card support and native HEVC support are really nice to have. It seems that EGPUs for Mac are getting pretty popular as well, judging from a few random YouTube videos.

As far as native HEVC support goes, I have a few HEVC encoded videos I'd rather not re-encode just for my Mac, so this is rather pleasant for my own personal use case.

Of course I'd like to play around with Metal 2 as well, but I haven't even played with Metal 1 yet.

In any case, this is an update I'm looking forward to. Sure, APFS could be a lot better, and there are a lot of things which could be done better as well... Also I just really don't care about improvements or changes to apps like Photos, Mail, Safari, or whatever else (since I don't use those), but... It's still an update I'm looking forward to.

As an aside, it's vaguely interesting (even if probably meaningless) that there are a lot of graphical features updates here, and not too long ago the most recent point-release of macOS Sierra fixed a lot of very serious (security) errors in the graphics stack. (Granted most of those bugs, IIRC, were discovered independently or as part of Project Zero.)

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