Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 26th Sep 2017 08:46 UTC
Mac OS X

Apple has released macOS High Sierra.

macOS High Sierra is designed to improve on the previous macOS Sierra operating system with some major under-the-hood upgrades and a handful of outward-facing changes.

Apple File System (APFS), a file system designed for solid state drives, is the new default for these drives in macOS High Sierra. APFS is safe, secure, and optimized for modern storage systems. It features native encryption, safe document saves, stable snapshots, and crash protection, plus it brings performance improvements.

An interesting new feature in high Sierra that was only recently unveiled: the new version of macOS checks your Mac's firmware against Apple's own database once a week to see if it's been tampered with.

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by rener on Tue 26th Sep 2017 08:58 UTC
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after 15 years on macOS (and also running my own Linux distribution and occasional Windows) I must say Apple reached #peakbugs. The level of things not working or breaking left and right is astonishing. I could not believe they really gonna ship High Sierra with that many gpu sub-system bugs, that even the graphic goes black, flickers with artifacts during boot:

Guess what happens when I render a movie and browse in safari (hint windowserver crash), or when I plug in a display and then wake the Mac (usually no signal), and the story goes on and on, … ;)

PS: oh and this firmware thing (while nice in theory in post-Snowden times) would not surprise me if it is used against Hackintoshs, too just like System Integrity Protection. It would also be better if Apple would publish firmware hashes so third parties can verify it, as I'm sure attackers will find ways to hack this integrity check away, too, …

Edited 2017-09-26 09:02 UTC

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