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Apple Seeds First Beta of macOS High Sierra to Developers

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Apple today announced new versions of iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS, and following the conclusion of this morning's keynote event, new betas are being distributed to developers. macOS High Sierra beta 1 is now available for download.

The new beta can be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center, and once installed, subsequent betas will be available through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store.


macOS High Sierra builds on the features introduced with macOS Sierra and introduces new core storage, video, and graphics technology. macOS High Sierra supports the new Apple File System (APFS) and High-Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC), plus it introduces an updated version of Metal with VR support.

Photos is gaining a new sidebar that makes it easier to access editing tools and albums, plus there are new editing options like Curves and Selective Color, and it supports external editing apps like Photoshop and Pixelmator.

There are improvements to Safari, including speed improvements and a new feature that blocks tracking data, Siri on the Mac has expanded music capabilities and a new more natural voice, and Spotlight has been updated with flight status information.

At the current time, macOS High Sierra is only available for registered developers. Apple will make a public macOS High Sierra beta available later this summer, giving public beta testers a chance to try out and test the software before it sees a public release in the fall.

Article Link: Apple Seeds First Beta of macOS High Sierra to Developers
 
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Hair Force One really caught me off guard when he first mocked the name and then went on to the features...

"Whoaw wait... they actually went there?"

Love the name, will make sure to install my copy at 4:20 when the public beta launches. :cool:

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I still can't believe thats the real name... I kept waiting for Craig to say "Just kidding, we're not that crazy!". I was really hoping they would get away from the whole mountains theme this year personally.
 
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Do you have to have macOS 10.12.6 installed to see 10.13? I've just downloaded and installed the beta tool, but am running the public release of 10.12.5 and can only see 10.12.6 DP2 as available through the App Store.
 
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scwinsett

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Does the old profile work for this? My dev account has expired and I'm not even close to being ready to publish so I don't wanna pay for the upgraded account
 
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Do you have to have macOS 10.12.6 installed to see 10.13? I've just downloaded and installed the beta tool, but am running the public release of 10.12.5 and can only see 10.12.6 DP2 as available through the App Store.

The tool you used was the old macOS_Sierra_Developer_Beta_Access_Utility.dmg.

But that's only for the old Sierra betas.

Apple have now replaced it with a new somewhat more generic utility called macOSDeveloperBetaAccessUtility.dmg.

It has to be more generic because it will allow macOS 10.13 to be downloaded from systems older than Sierra too.

I suggest you login to the apple developer downloads page and redownload the newer utilty.

Furthermore this is a new way to download pre-release betas. In previous versions you got redemption codes. This time there are no redemption codes.

That has a couple of other implications:

1. You don't have to be logged into the mac app store with your developer account to get the full installer. You just have to have the correct beta utility installed.

2. It won't be tied to your account as previous versions were.
 
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High Sierra seems pretty light on features. I figure the move to APFS was probably a big one and they probably poured a lot of resources to make the transition smooth and the final product robust. Still disappointed they haven't touched a couple of areas which are pain points like network drives and openGL support. Seems like they're banking on Metal a lot but I just don't see a whole lot of support for it in the 2-3 years where it's been available.
 
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What are the hardware requirements? I'm wondering if my mid-2010 MacBook Pro will support it or if it is now legacy hardware.
 
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What are the hardware requirements? I'm wondering if my mid-2010 MacBook Pro will support it or if it is now legacy hardware.

In the keynote it was mentioned that it will be same as Sierra supported hardware.

In the seed note it more specifically says:

Macbook or iMac: Late 2009 or newer

MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini, or Mac Pro: 2010 or newer.

So I think the answer is yes.
 
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High Sierra seems pretty light on features. I figure the move to APFS was probably a big one and they probably poured a lot of resources to make the transition smooth and the final product robust. Still disappointed they haven't touched a couple of areas which are pain points like network drives and openGL support. Seems like they're banking on Metal a lot but I just don't see a whole lot of support for it in the 2-3 years where it's been available.
We do not know what we will get in fall 17'. Future DPs like DP2, DP3, ... will have a lot of improvements before the final versions appears on the Mac App Store.

Btw, every macOS app, including the Finder and macOS WindowServer (the software which displays windows, animations and so on) use Metal or Metal 2 in High Sierra.
 
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