AWT News Update: September 20, 2016

With apologies to both Stanley Kubrick (deceased) and AWT reader Hal Sherman.

With apologies to both Stanley Kubrick (deceased) and AWT reader Hal Sherman.

It's macOS Sierra day, so Apple's laptops and desktops are in the spotlight for once. Doing a bunch of upgrade work on a few Macs tied up a lot of Steve's day, but he managed to get some Sierra news for you:

  • Top features of macOS Sierra
  • Use Twitter? Get the newly-updated Tweetbot app for Mac
  • Hints on how to use Sierra's Picture-in-Picture video capability on one site that doesn't support the new feature -- YouTube!

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Hi, this is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for September 20, 2016. Sure enough, today was macOS Sierra day, and we hope that everyone’s upgrades are going smoothly around the world. I, of course, am a horrible person and since I was in a hurry to get my work iMac upgraded, I waited until the last minute today to do the AWT News Update…so for the second day in a row, it’s a short one.

The latest Mac operating system is available for free, and probably the top features are Siri on the Mac and a number of features that improve integration between iOS and macOS. For example, when I walk up to my Mac now, my Apple Watch unlocks it automatically. In addition, grabbing text or images on one device means that it can now be pasted on another, perfect for those situations where someone has sent you a piece of text or a photo on your iPhone and you want to use it in a document you’re building on a Mac. iCloud is vastly improved as well, with files that are stored on the desktop and in the documents folder on a Mac now accessible through iCloud Drive. Note that if you’re like me, you’ll need to expand the amount of iCloud Drive space to accommodate those files. Other features include Apple Pay for Web, which we’ll be implementing on Apple World Today for our Team AWT subscriber program. All in all, it’s a pretty solid update and one that we have no qualms about recommending to readers.

Along with the macOS update came a flurry of app updates, some of which were mentioned on Apple World Today. One that wasn’t was the update of Tweetbot for Mac to give it support for macOS Sierra and the addition of support for extended tweets. Now, when you’re sending out a tweet with Tweetbot, media URLs, Quote Tweets, Photos and Videos won’t count against the 140 character limit. The app is well worth the $9.99 cost in the Mac App Store and is a vast improvement over the stock Twitter app.

One of the other features I really like with macOS Sierra is Picture-in-Picture mode. If you’re an iPad Pro user you’re probably familiar with this mode, which allows you to detach a video from its player and place it anywhere on your screen in a resizable windows. This is pretty easy to do with most video sources, but YouTube isn’t one of them. Fortunately, it’s possible to get YouTube into Picture-in-Picture mode quite easily by right-clicking a YouTube video twice, at which point a new menu appears with “Enter Picture-in-Picture” as one of the options. Select the option, and you can now move the video anywhere on your Mac screen you want it. The window floats above all other windows on your Mac.

That’s all for today; We’ll be back tomorrow afternoon with another edition of the AWT News Update.