A test version of Apple's macOS Sierra is now freely available before the operating system's final release.
(CCM) — Apple has released a public beta version of its forthcoming macOS Sierra desktop operating system for anyone to download and test. Sierra was unveiled less than a month ago at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in June, and this is the third consecutive year that Apple has offered a public beta version of its desktop operating system between the unveiling and the final release. The software is free to download, but users must first sign up to Apple's Beta Software Program using an Apple ID and password and agree to the program's conditions before enrolling their Mac computer. Beta software often contains bugs, so the version that Apple is offering comes with a built-in Feedback Assistant that can be used to send bug reports back to the company.
macOS Sierra is the first Apple desktop operating system to include Siri, enabling users to talk to their computers and make them carry out specific functions using voice commands in the same way that they can with an iPhone or iPad. The public beta also introduces new features including a picture-in picture mode for videos, a redesigned iTunes, and the ability to unlock the computer automatically using an Apple Watch running the latest watchOS 3.
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