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Faster Safari

Better privacy

Better Mail

Better Photo

Better printing

New file system

High Efficiency Video Encoding

Metal 2

External graphics and virtual reality

The new MacOS, version 10.13, is named High Sierra. Feel free to make your own jokes.

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Apple says the new MacOS will include a new version of Safari that's 80 percent faster than the previous version.

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The new Safari browser will also have better privacy thanks to its new Intelligent Tracking Prevention feature, which stops websites from keeping tabs on their users.

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The new OS will include a new version of Mail that's now integrated with Spotlight for better searching, uses 35 percent less storage space to store emails and gives you a split view.

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The Photo app in High Sierra now has better facial recognition and edition tools. It also syncs all of the metadata across devices.

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The new OS has better support for printing, especially for printed books.

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High Sierra will use the new Apple File System (APFS) as a new default file system instead of HFS Plus. This new file system has lots of improvements including the ability to instantly duplicate a very large amount of data.

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High Sierra now support H.265, which is a much improved version of the H.264 codec with a compression level of up to 40 percent.

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The new OS has a new graphics API called Metal 2 that's some 10 times faster in draw call throughput than the first Metal. This means gaming will be much better. 

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High Sierra's new graphic engine also allows for external graphics via Thunderbolt 3 and applications for virtual reality.

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