macOS High Sierra public beta – How to download it right now

Days after unleashing iOS 11 on its beta-loving public, Apple provided Mac users a chance to take the forthcoming macOS High Sierra for a spin.

The follw-up to Sierra, announced at WWDC earlier this

month, introduces a brand new Apple Files system, which the company says

lays the groundwork for future innovation.

In practical terms, the immediate effects will mean documents, data and emails will be easier for users to lay their hands on.

With

High Sierra Apple is also introducing a HEVC video format, which can

compress video up to 40% more than H.264, without sacrificing quality.

Given the growing appetite for 4K video, this’ll be a boon for those

with high-end Mac displays.

Related: iOS 11

Meanwhile,

Apple is introducing Metal 2, which will enable Mac users to unleash

the full power of their system’s GPU and perhaps make the format more

popular among gamers. It’ll also play a role in the newfound support for

the HTC Vive headset.

On the front end, not much is changing.

There’s a new version of the Photos app, with improved editing, sharing

and organisational skills.

Mac High Sierra

Safari is getting intelligent tracking

prevention to ward off all those advertisers, while it’ll also be

possible to stop videos from autoplaying. The Reader view will also work

automatically whenever available.

Elsewhere, the Mail app is faster, and Messages will benefit from the same iCloud syncing we’ll see in iOS 11.

On

its website, the company enthuses: “macOS High Sierra introduces new

core technologies that improve the most important functions of your Mac.

From rearchitecting how it stores your data to improving how you watch

videos to unleashing the full power of the graphics processors, it’s all

central to today’s Mac experience.”

Of course, we must caution

that this is a beta version so it’s unwise to install High Sierra on

your primary machine. However, if you’re feeling bold, make sure you

take a full Time Machine back-up first.

Once you’ve done that, you’ll need to register for the Apple Beta Software Program using your Apple ID. Next you must enroll your Mac and then to go the Mac App Store and find the High Sierra Beta page.

From there, click the Get button and you’ll be good to go.

Have you downloaded the High Sierra beta? Share your first impressions in the comments section below.