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Three Reasons to Upgrade to MacOS Sierra for the Holidays

Posted by rreeve | Posted in Computer, OS Sierra | Posted on 20-12-2016

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MacOS Sierra released officially back in September of this year. However, if you’re still holding out on upgrading for any reason, now is a perfect time reconsider giving your MacBook a Christmas operating system upgrade! Of course, we wouldn’t just tell you to upgrade your operating system without giving you good reasons for doing so. So here are three reasons you should upgrade to MacOS Sierra if you are still running OS X El Capitan.

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Memory Improvements

 

MacOS Sierra is designed for helping users to better manage their MacBooks memory. This might worry some users upon hearing, but don’t worry, OS Sierra doesn’t just delete files at random from your MacBook. Instead, OS Sierra prioritizes deleting files which have been trashed for more than 30 days and remind you to remove installation files which users will use once and never again. In addition to deleting files, MacOS Sierra can also move files that you don’t use often off of your local storage and onto cloud storage for future re-downloading.

It should be mentioned that OS Sierra gives you the option of choosing to auto-delete your trashed items after they have spent thirty days in the trash. Your new operating system will not automatically delete your trash for you, unless you open Finder, go to Preferences, and then select “Remove items from the Trash after 30 days”.

Siri on Your MacBook

 

Siri finally made its way to Mac back in September, and it brought new computer-relevant features. If you have ever wished you could search your MacBook’s files using only your voice instead of any number of clicks, you will now have the option to do so. In addition to searching your file browser, Siri can interface with the Apple Home app and search for specific photos on the internet.

Of course, Siri can still do all of its normal phone functions, like messaging friends, and looking up things on the internet, but now it can do all of those things and more from the comfort of your MacBook.

Device Interconnectivity

 

Apple has put a whole lot of effort into trying to increase the amount of interconnectivity available between iDevices by improving iCloud. The most important feature to come out of these efforts is the capability of transferring files between your MacBook and other iDevices, such as an iPhone or iPad. However, this is not the only thing Apple has done with their device interconnectivity.

Apple has also rolled out some new security features which improve the usefulness of their smartwatches. If you own a smartwatch you’ll now be able to use it to unlock your MacBook just by approaching it, which will save a few seconds of your life by letting you skip putting in your lockscreen password. Another security feature rolled out with OS Sierra allows you to transfer the last step of Apple Pay authentication to a second Apple device you own to finalize purchases if you ever felt the need to do so.

If none of the three things above compelled you to upgrade to MacOS Sierra for yourself, your opinion may be swayed by knowing that this upgrade is free for anyone who has OS X 10.7.5 or later. Of  course, if you ever needed to get a large quantity MacBook rental, you can expect MacOS Sierra from us as well. Most Christmas presents aren’t free, but you can get your operating system a free update before Christmas. 
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