Apple’s big focus today is the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2, but that doesn’t mean the Mac didn’t get any love—or more precisely, macOS Sierra. Apple quietly updated the Sierra website on Wednesday to say the replacement for Mac OS X El Capitan will ship on September 20th.
macOS Sierra will include system-wide Siri support so users can perform tasks like searches and reply to Messages conversations. The new version also includes Universal Clipboard so you can copy and paste between your Mac, iPhone or iPad. You can use your Apple Watch to log into your Mac, too.
The contents of your Desktop will be visible across all your Macs as well as your iPhone and iPad. Documents in iCloud Drive are easily accessible on your Macs and iOS devices, too.
macOS Sierra includes a new disk optimization feature that clears out space by storing data like old email messages and photos online. The operating system will also automatically clear out old data such as Web caches and histories.
Apple Pay will be available on the Mac for the first time in macOS Sierra. The mobile payment system can be used on your Mac to make purchases online and in apps. Authentication for purchases is handled via Touch ID on your iPhone or iPad, or your Apple Watch.
macOS Sierra requires a 2009 or later MacBook, mid 2010 or newer MacBook Pro or MacBook Air, 2010 or newer Mac Pro, or a 2012 or newer Mac mini or iMac. The update is free and will be available through Software Update in the App Store app.