Will High Sierra Live Up to the Hype?
The fall season is approaching right around the corner. Therefore, many tech powerhouses are preparing for their new product releases, including Apple. During its Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple pleasingly displayed the latest version of their desktop operating system, macOS High Sierra. With exquisitely clear California-themed images and a successfully performed demo, macOS High Sierra seemed to be promising.
Newly installed features such as the Apple File System should enable users to perform ordinary desktop tasks such as copying files and computing folder size much easier and quicker. Apple has also made some vital changes to Safari, which will not allow videos to play automatically with the sound on. In addition, the changes will supposedly make it harder for advertisers to send you pop-ups based on previous product searchers. Thank you, Apple!
Yet there are still some issues that many Apple users would like to see fixed, and we don’t know if they will be addressed with the latest update. These include, but are not limited to:
We all can agree that the cursor’s transition into a spinning color wheel is one of the biggest annoyances in the world when trying to complete a task. I used to think that I would have to take a visit to the nearest computer repair service to have my computer checked. However, a majority of the time, the issue is caused by a lack of memory for Safari to utilize. The matter just becomes more frustrating when the Activity Monitor won’t even open because your device is unresponsive. Apple attempted to fix this problem with their preemptive-multitasking feature included in OS X, and while there has been an improvement, it’s still an issue. Apple claims that the new High Sierra will make Safari the fastest browser in the game, but I guess we will just have to wait and see.
iTunes, Can it Still be Called iTunes?
When iTunes was first introduced, its primary function was to provide an online resource for purchasing quality music. However, since its inception, it has taken on a few more responsibilities including playing movies, TV shows, managing mobile apps, and executing complete back-ups for your iPhone or iPad. However, in my opinion, this scope creep has made iTunes less appealing for its main function, which was to play music. For example, iTunes will not allow you to download music onto and Android device, and many people, including myself, have lost some of their favorite songs when uploading them into the cloud. But instead of focusing on these particular issues, Apple has decided to create the HomePod, which is a smart speaker ran by Siri technology. Setting the price tag at $349, which is nearly twice as much as the Amazon Echo, I don’t know if this was the wisest decision.
Where are my files?
This aggravating questionused to be something you would ask a computer repair specialist. While most of us thought it was a thing of the past, Apple has shown that new is not necessarily always better. When OS X Lion was released in 2011, Apple made it difficult to find individual files or applications through the Finder, which is the established file-management app. There has been an improvement, but it is occasionally more monotonous than it needs to me. In addition, since Apple has transitioned from the traditional iPhoto app to their new and “improved” Photos app, it has made file sharing more tedious as well. Now instead of being able to find and share to another application, you must go into Photos and export it.
Apple recently announced that iOS would receive its own file management app, so Apple could potentially focus on further improvements for High Sierra, but we will just have to wait to find out.