New – Notes IOS 10 and MacOS Sierra

UPDATE: Including MacOS High Sierra in this post. It came fast on the heels of Sierra.

UPDATE: Including IOS 11 in this post.

You can follow along as we discover some of the new and sometimes hidden features in Mac and IOS devices. Keep in mind this is an ongoing project and we suggest checking back to see added items.

IOS 10

Packed with new features. Some that we really like:

Flashlight now has multiple brightnesses for devices that support them, low medium and high brightness. The feature only shows up on devices capable of peek pop, or harder pressing on the screen.

MacOS Sierra

As operating systems go, MacOS Sierra piles more features than ever, perhaps more than average users will need. Some they don’t expect and others that are really really useful.

Siri on Sierra

A great feature although we’d recommend disabling it on low bandwidth WIFI and older Macs with less power. As with the majority of new features pushed out in emerging operating systems, more horsepower is needed to realize their benefits. Pre 2012 Macs are not suited without upgrade modifications to make use of them.

Store documents and photos in iCloud.

As of this writing, installing Sierra turns on this feature by default. The end effect is a users’ photos and documents formally stored on their Macs get moved to Apple’s servers – without the owners’ knowledge or consent. By the time the user realizes / finds out what has happened, their stuff has moved or is in the process of moving / copying files to their iCloud account if one exsts. Many of our clients are shocked to find that this is the default action.

To prevent documents getting moved by default, users will go to System Preferences and check if iCloud drive is turned on. If so, click the Options button next to iCloud Drive and uncheck the option to store Desktop and Documents in the cloud. If the iCloud Drive option is not checked under the iCloud preferences there is nothing to worry about.

Checking how much of your Mac’s files have been moved to or live on icloud, well, that lives somewhere else on your Mac. To see it you’ll need to head under your apple icon in the top menu bar and go to About this Mac. From there choose Storage from the strip running across the top. You are looking at all the storage devices your mac sees. If icloud is not in the list then your Mac is not currently using icloud for storage. *Note for future post, just because you’re not connected it does not mean your files are not in icloud, it just means you’re not currently connected. You will still need to check icloud to see what lives there.

MacOS High Sierra

Just Installed the OS and can see that it improves greatly on the Sierra Upgrade. For Sierra users there will be no visual differences when the upgrade completes.

IOS 11

Still evaluating at this time.