When Apple announced macOS Sierra at WWDC many bloggers and journalists couldn\u2019t wait to get their hands on it. Now that the developer preview has been out for a little while, the folks running it are beginning to share their thoughts about macOS Sierra.\nBelow you'll find samplings of commentary about the macOS developer preview from around the web. Most of the writers running macOS Sierra seemed very pleased with it, even at this very early stage. Reading their thoughts will give you a good idea of what macOS Sierra has to offer.\u00a0\nThe Loop: Impressive improvements in macOS Sierra\nJim Dalrymple at The Loop was impressed with macOS Sierra, and found Auto Unlock and the ability to copy and paste across devices particularly useful. He also enjoyed the larger emojis and rich links in Messages.\n\nMy favorite feature using this strategy on macOS is Auto Unlock. Basically, when you walk up to your Mac wearing an authenticated Apple Watch, your Mac will automatically unlock and log into your account. This is absolutely brilliant. Using one Apple device to authenticate another, saving me the hassle of logging in every time I want to use my computer.\nAnother example of a convenient feature is the ability to copy and paste across devices. During my word day, I will use an iPad, iPhone and Mac. Depending on what I\u2019m doing, where I am, and the time of day, I could be using any of those three.\nMore often than not, when I want to post a story to The Loop, I\u2019ll use a Mac. It\u2019s just what I feel the most comfortable using for that task. I\u2019ve often recently found something, went to my Mac only to realize I can\u2019t paste the link I just copied.\nA small thing for a lot of people is the size of emojis. I don\u2019t talk in emojis, but I do send the smiley faces now and then. I actually have a hard time seeing the emojis, even with my glasses on, so this is going to be great for me.\nRich links are a great thing in Messages. Instead of long links that leave you trying to figure out what you\u2019re about to click on, rich links give you a visual preview, right in the Messages window.\nMore at The Loop\n\nArs Technica: Different name, same ol\u2018 Mac\nAndrew Cunningham at Ars Technica has a very detailed look at the macOS Sierra developer preview, and he notes that it refines the Mac experience but doesn\u2019t transform it.\n\nIt\u2019s tempting to read the \u201cmacOS\u201d rebranding as some grand statement about the Mac, but, truth be told, \u201cSierra\u201d is more indicative of what we\u2019re getting. The name comes from a mountain range that encompasses Yosemite and El Capitan rather than moving away from them. It\u2019s another year of building on Yosemite\u2019s foundation, another year of incremental change, and another year of over-saturated mountain wallpapers.\nLike El Capitan before it, Sierra focuses on a few marquee features, a couple of under-the-hood changes, a smattering of smaller tweaks, and one or two signposts pointing toward future development. It\u2019s the next release of OS X, new name or not. And we\u2019ve spent a week with the first developer beta to dig into some of the new features ahead of the public beta in July and the public release in the fall.\nEl Capitan and Sierra both designate one or two big \u201chero\u201d features for Apple to plan its marketing around (window management in El Capitan, Siri in Sierra), a decent range of medium-sized changes, at least one big under-the-hood addition (System Integrity Protection in 10.11, the Gatekeeper stuff in 10.12, and APFS next year if all goes well), and a smattering of minor improvements to the core apps.\nIt has been a long time since the Mac was Apple\u2019s favorite child, and there are places in Sierra like the Messages app where it clearly feels like Mac users are getting a second-tier experience compared to people on iOS. But the Mac feels like it has settled into a quiet and reliable groove, a groove that Sierra is happy to trundle along in. The name has changed, but otherwise it\u2019s business as usual for Mac OS Mac OS X OS X macOS.\nMore at Ars Technica\n\nThe Verge: iCloud is close to fully baked\nDieter Bohn at The Verge notes that Siri is an important addition to the Mac, but he thinks that iCloud is really the star of macOS Sierra.\n\nYes, having Siri on your Mac is nice and perhaps even a Big Deal \u2014 but to me, it\u2019s much less important than some other features that Apple is introducing with macOS Sierra (technically, version 10.12). For several years now, Apple has made the Mac feel nicer for iPhone users with Continuity features that made the devices work better together. With Sierra, it\u2019s turned a corner: using a Mac is going to be substantially better for iPhone users than Android users.\nAnd the reason, against everything we\u2019ve come to believe about Apple\u2019s strengths and weaknesses, is cloud services. With Sierra, iCloud has gone from something that you forget you have (and if you remember, you\u2019re usually shaking your fist at it) to a thing that you\u2019ll probably want to (perhaps begrudgingly) start paying for.\nOkay, I\u2019ll finally just tell you the two features I\u2019ve been building up to here: \u201ciCloud Desktop and Documents\u201d and \u201cOptimize Storage.\u201d Both are things designed to automatically upload the contents of your Mac into Apple\u2019s iCloud storage and both are incredibly important for everyday users because they make it simple, invisible, and seamless to store your files in the cloud and access them from other devices.\niCloud Desktop and Documents basically takes the contents of, well, your Desktop and Documents folders and automatically uploads them into iCloud Drive. They get mirrored over to your other Macs automatically and also show up in an app on your iPhone or iPad \u2014 when you turn on the feature on your Mac, your iPhone prompts you to put the app on your home screen. Once upon a time, Apple frowned at the idea that you might want access to such quotidian things as files on your iPhone, but with this update they can all just be there.\nMore at The Verge\n\nThe Next Web: iCloud is the killer feature\nNate Swanner at The Next Web also notes the importance of iCloud in macOS Sierra and how useful it is to have files synched across all of his devices.\n\nThe real winner in Sierra, to my mind, is iCloud. I know much of the sensationalism will involve Siri, but I\u2019m going a different route.\nFor those who bounce between devices \u2014 and that\u2019s all of us \u2014 having your files synced across all of your devices with zero effort is just plain sexy (yes, I called file sync and iCloud sexy; send help).\nCase in point: I have a MacBook Pro that\u2019s typically on my desk, and a MacBook I travel with. There have been several times I\u2019ve written something on or saved a screenshot to my Pro, then forgot to add it to iCloud so I could access it on the road.\nIn syncing my files automatically, I never have to worry about that. I can just work and not have to think about which device I\u2019m on, or if I saved something to multiple spots. That those files are also available on iCloud Drive on my iPhone or iPad is icing on the cake. It\u2019s subtly brilliant.\nMore at The Next Web\n\nSlash Gear: macOS Sierra is the ecosystem play\nChris Davies at Slash Gear notes that the real value of macOS Sierra comes from being part of Apple\u2019s overall ecosystem.\n\nIndeed, if there\u2019s a common theme it\u2019s that \u201clife is easier if you buy into Apple\u2019s ecosystem.\u201d iCloud isn\u2019t the only cloud storage option out there, but it is the the most consistently integrated across Apple devices. Apple Photos isn\u2019t the only media organization option, but it\u2019s interwoven with Siri and iCloud. Auto Unlock needs an Apple Watch; Apple Pay needs an Apple Watch or an iPhone. You only get the fancy effects and whimsical emojis in Messages if everyone you chat with is using it.\nPower users will undoubtedly cherry-pick the features they really want and compromise on integration to keep using the third-party services they prefer. For the mass market, though, macOS Sierra - and iOS 10, for that matter - represents even more of a reason to furnish your desk, your living room, your pocket or purse, and your wrist with products bearing the Apple logo.\nmacOS Sierra is cleaner and more consistent, but you really have to jump into Apple\u2019s world with both feet to get the most from it.\nMore at Slash Gear\n\nWired: Siri belongs on the Mac\nDavid Pierce at Wired was quite enamored with having Siri available on his Mac, and he missed Siri when he stopped using the developer preview of macOS Sierra.\n\nI\u2019ve been using Sierra for about a week now: in my apartment, at my desk, and in the office. Basic \u201cthis is water\u201c-esque problems aside, I really like having Siri on my Mac. I wasn\u2019t sure how I\u2019d feel talking to my laptop, especially in an office full of judgmental coworkers who communicate silently, through Slack. After a couple of hours, though, it felt almost natural. Natural to me, anyway: Everyone around me still thinks I\u2019m talking to them when I\u2019m talking to Siri, and it\u2019s hard to overcome the shame of sitting in a coffee shop shouting \u201cWHAT TIME IS IT IN BANGKOK\u201d at my laptop. OK, so maybe it\u2019s not really natural. But it is definitely useful. Even just a few days in, Siri already feels like a core component of how I laptop\u2014even more than how I smartphone.\nSiri is the big step forward in macOS. This isn\u2019t the same Siri you\u2019ve used (or tried to use) on the iPhone. Siri for Mac can handle multi-step searches, for instance, like \u201cWhat time do the Warriors play?\u201d followed by \u201cWhat channel is it on?\u201d It also feels Mac-specific in clever ways, and more thoroughly integrated. You can search for files, sorted by date or tag or filename or anything else you can think of. If you\u2019re an obsessive file-organizer, Apple just rewarded your meticulousness. You can save searches for easy access later, and even drag and drop things right out of the window in the top right corner.\nMore than anything, now that I\u2019ve stopped using the Sierra preview and gone back to my own MacBook, I miss Siri. There\u2019s just no faster way to find that document I just signed than to just say, \u201cShow me photos I edited today.\u201d Siri belongs on the Mac. Even if she can\u2019t always hear me.\nMore at Wired\n\nMashable: macOS Sierra is part of Apple\u2019s merging of ecosystems\nChristina Warren at Mashable notes that macOS Sierra is part of Apple\u2019s big effort to merge the iOS and macOS ecosystems.\n\nFor years, I\u2019ve been writing about the ways that iOS has influenced OS X \u2014 and now, macOS. It started with user interface changes and then shifted to certain apps (Game Center, Maps, Messages).\nWhat\u2019s notable about macOS Sierra is that most of its big features are also features that are either on iOS 10 or are tied to services that iOS uses.\nMoreover, this is the first desktop OS release where you can really see Apple pushing its services capabilities. With Siri, Universal Clipboard and iCloud Documents and Desktop \u2014 not to mention Optimized Storage \u2014 Apple is finally making moves to really entice users to use iCloud and its other services in a meaningful way.\nThis isn\u2019t to say iCloud wasn\u2019t part of OS X before, but now it feels like the ecosystem is really coming together.\nMore at Mashable\n\nLaptop: It\u2019s not an OS, it\u2019s a gateway drug\nMark Spoonauer, Editor in Chief of Laptop, emphasizes how important it is that macOS Sierra helps make all of Apple\u2019s various devices work together to provide a unified experience.\n\n\u2026between cutting text on your iPhone and pasting it to your Mac, using your iPhone\u2019s Touch ID sensor to pay for stuff you\u2019ve bought on your Mac via Apple Pay and the ability to receive new interactive messages sent from iPhones, macOS Sierra seems like the world\u2019s least subtle iPhone ad. Ultimately, macOS Sierra has great potential, but Apple needs to iron out plenty of kinks between now and the fall.\nThe\u2026big story for macOS is the evolution of the Continuity features Apple began with OS X Yosemite in 2014. You\u2019ll really need an iPhone and Apple Watch to take full advantage of these Continuity enhancements, highlighted by the handy Universal Clipboard feature, Apple Pay, Photos and Auto Unlock. Ideally, your friends and family will have iPhones, too, to make the most of the new Messages.\nAnd that\u2019s exactly the point and Apple\u2019s business model \u2014 make the experience so seamless that you\u2019re compelled to gobble up as many Apple gadgets as possible. Assuming everything comes together the way it should, I don\u2019t envision macOS Sierra users complaining.\nMore at Laptop\n\nDid you miss a post? Check the Eye On Apple home page to get caught up with the latest news, discussions and rumors about Apple.