Goodbye, OSX,
hello macOS and Siri

June 15 2016 10:28 AM

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Apple is overhauling its operating system for its Mac desktop and laptop computers, adding digital voice assistant Siri and several other new features in the process.

The company is also moving away from OS X as it renames the operating system back to macOS, which it expects to ship in the second half of 2016.

Highlighting the new features in macOS is Siri, which previously resided mainly in the iPhone and iPad and devices running iOS.

Other new features include Auto Unlock, Continuity Clipboard, and Apple Pay.

Apple-oriented site 9to5mac said the initial version of macOS, Sierra, will have Siri help users look up information, find documents, pin or drag and drop search results.

It said macOS will also allow “seamless integration with iCloud” while a universal clipboard lets one copy content, including text, images, photos and video from one Apple device and paste it in another.

Apple described macOS Sierra as capable of helping one “rediscover your best photos, shop more securely online, and work more seamlessly between devices.”

* ‘Return’ of macOS

PC World noted macOS is a return of sorts for Apple, which named its operating system Mac OS before OS X in the late 1990s.

“‘Mac OS’ was used up to version 9; then Apple switched to OS X with version 10 in 2001. Obviously, Apple changed the Mac OS name with the modern formatting convention that uses lowercase for the specific platform and no space between the platform name and ‘OS,'” it said.

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