With the official release of Mac OS Sierra, many users are excited about the ever growing integration between computer and phone. To start, I'll list which devices are compatible:

iMac: Late 2009 or newer
MacBook: Late 2009 or newer
MacBook Air: Late 2010 or newer
MacBook Pro: Mid 2010 or newer
Mac mini: Mid 2010 or newer
Mac Pro: Mid 2010 or newer

To find which model you have, click on the Apple in the upper left hand corner then About This Mac. The next window to pop up will show you your current OS version, and directly below that will show the year your Mac was produced. If it meets the minimum requirements, you can go to the AppStore and download the new OS directly from there.

Be aware that just because you meet the minimum requirements does not mean you will be able to access all the features I am about to go over. Now, on to the goods.

Siri is the big feature everyone has been waiting for. Windows has Cortana, so it only seems fitting Siri gets brought to your desktop. Siri functions virtually the same on your Mac as it does on your iPhone or iPad. You can pin results like sports scores or stock prices to the notification panel, obtain weather and news information, or find local shops and landmarks. There is a setting in your System Preferences that will allow you to use the native microphone or a secondary device if you wish.

Optimization of iCloud is a long awaited enhancement as the current state of iCloud has left many frustrated by its lackluster ease of use on some devices. Now with simply checking off a box in the iCloud settings menu, files on your desktop or in your documents folder can be automatically synced between Macs. Simply drop a file or add a screenshot to the desktop of one Mac and, within seconds, it will appear on your other Macs. Additionally, Macs can be set to automatically manage your precious storage space by deleting iTunes movies and TV shows that have already been watched, keeping larger email attachments on the cloud, or clearing items from the Trash after 30 days.

Also with this updates comes improvements for the Messages app. Now, with this being said, you will need to have your iOS device upgraded to the newest version: iOS 10. The update for messages will allow for bigger emojis, more dramatic text (including messages that boom or shake), and"invisible ink messages" that reveal their text when you mouse over them.

Another nifty feature is the ability to unlock your Mac via your Apple Watch. Again, this requires your Apple Watch to be on the newest version, watch OS 3, and requires you to have both devices signed in to the same Apple ID. Setup can be a bit frustrating, requiring a two-step authentication through the Security page on your Mac, and setting a passcode on your Watch. It also has a limited range of 5 to 7 feet, so don't expect to unlock your computer from the other end of the house.

Yet another feature that competitor's devices offer is a Universal Clipboard, and it's finally being brought to your Apple devices. This feature allows your Mac and iPhone or iPad to share a clipboard, allowing you to copy text on one device and paste it on another. Whatever you copy to the Shared Clipboard expires after 2 minutes, so be sure to have both devices handy.

Apple Pay has been available on your iOS device for a while now, but has finally been brought to your Mac. It functions the same way it does on your iOS device, just remember that all devices involved must share an Apple ID.

Memories for Photos is another feature that's been available on your iOS device, and has finally been brought to your Mac. Functioning the same way, it allows older photos to resurface with help from facial recognition and automatically created albums.

Last but not least, apps have now gained the Safari-styled Tabs feature, allowing you to skip between multiple instances. Maps has the most to benefit from this, allowing you to search multiple locations under different tabs.