Apple has released macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 for Mac users. The update was in beta testing for a while and brings AirPlay 2 to iTunes, along with bug fixes and security updates. This update is likely the last one for High Sierra, and many Macs. macOS Mojave, currently in testing, is going to release this fall and it will drop support for a number of High Sierra compatible Macs.
What’s new in macOS High Sierra 10.13.6
AirPlay 2 is perhaps the only notable user-facing feature in macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 It lets users control audio playback for multiple AirPlay 2 compatible speakers, including HomePod. You can play the same music on multiple speakers, and control the volume for each one of them, right from iTunes. Note that iTunes has also been updated to version 12.8 to work with the new macOS release.
Here are the complete release notes from Apple for this update:
The macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 update adds AirPlay 2 multi-room audio support for iTunes and improves the stability and security of your Mac. This update is recommended for all users.
AirPlay 2 for iTunes
– Control your home audio system and AirPlay 2-enabled speakers throughout your house
– Play music at the same time on multiple AirPlay 2-enabled speakers in your house, all in sync
Other improvements and fixes
– Fixes an issue that may prevent Photos from recognizing AVCHD media from some cameras
– Fixes an issue that may prevent Mail users from moving a message from Gmail to another account
You can read about the security updates included in this release on Apple’s website.
Apple had previously released Messages in iCloud with macOS High Sierra 10.13.5, which was announced last year. AirPlay 2 was another feature that was announced last year but got delayed. This macOS release finally completes the roll-out of AirPlay 2 to all of Apple’s platforms.
Apple’s next major desktop operating system update is macOS Mojave which is currently in beta testing. It will be released this fall with new features like dark mode, Group FaceTime video calls, redesigned Mac App Store, updates to Finder, Quick Look and Preview, desktop Stacks, new Stocks, Apple News, Voice Memo and Home apps, and a lot more.