In addition, graphics improvements to the Mac comes in the form of the new Metal 2 graphics engine. To that end, Apple announced a commitment to VR, with senior vice president Craig Federighi confirming that "Valve is bringing SteamVR to Mac", Arstechnica reports.
Graphics of the new High Sierra, uses new technology called Metal 2, that's supposed to be very fast. Mail will also have a new full-screen split view that puts the compose window next to your messages and better message compression, allowing it to consume less disk space. When High Sierra ships this year, APFS will be the default file system for new installations, and we're disproportionately excited about it. The free upgrade will be available on all compatible devices in autumn.
The similarity in name to the previous version of the OS, simply called Sierra, matches the minor improvements that most users will see. This may all sound a bit techy, but the bottom line is that this will make your Mac feel a lot faster, while also being more secure.
Intelligent tracking protection. We'll need more details on this, but Safari will now be more privacy conscious, blocking attempts to access cookies on your PC that it deems to be an invasion of privacy.
VR support is also a first for macOS and Macs, and it's introduced via a Thunderbolt 3 GPU, which is underpinned by an AMD Radeon RX 850, which can be hooked up to the Mac. Apple has assured of better synced photos across devices with this new macOS High Sierra update.
macOS High Sierra CompatibilityHere's the macOS High Sierra compatibility list.
Earlier in the event, Apple showed a series of updates to Apple Watch and the upcoming WatchOS 4, including a new Siri watch face that changes throughout the day to show data including weather, traffic, movie times and calendar events.
Editing has had a bump too, with new options to fine-tune colour and contrast levels in any image. Photos now supports external editors, so Photoshop, Pixelmator and other apps can launch directly within Photos, with edits saved back to the Photos library. This software includes a number of updates to apps across the Apple spectrum, starting with the web browser Safari.
Tim Cook said the Mac was the "heart and soul of Apple".
Talking of VR, Apple was keen to show off refreshed iMacs, which come with the latest Intel Kaby Lake Core i processors, more RAM, and better graphics performance to enable the creation of VR experiences.