It’s why there’s nothing else like a Mac.

macOS is the operating system that powers every Mac. It lets you do things you simply can’t with other computers. That’s because it’s designed specifically for the hardware it runs on — and vice versa. So your Mac works like magic with your iPhone and other Apple devices. And it works hand in hand with iCloud to keep photos, documents, and other stuff up to date on those devices. macOS also comes with an entire suite of beautifully designed apps. And it’s been built from the ground up with privacy and security in mind.

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Easy to Use

When it’s simple to do everything, you can do anything.

On a Mac, everything is designed to work just the way you expect it to — from operating it with simple, intuitive gestures to asking Siri to find a file to having your apps automatically update themselves. Whatever you set out to do on a Mac, there’s much less to learn and that much more to accomplish.
Siri helps you get things done just by using your voice. It also helps you get more things done at the same time. So you can finish your document while asking Siri to tell your coworker that it’s on the way. Looking for the presentation you worked on last week? Just ask Siri.1


The Finder lets you easily browse and organize the files on your Mac and the ones stored in iCloud Drive.


Spotlight helps you quickly and effortlessly find what you want, like documents on your Mac or movie showtimes. Just type a few keystrokes in the Spotlight search box and autocomplete immediately shows you relevant results.2


A simple two-finger swipe brings up Notification Center — the same one you use on iPhone — where you can see all the alerts that have come in recently. It’s also where you’ll find your Today view, which you can customize with helpful widgets or handy information pinned from Siri searches.



All your devices. One seamless experience.

Your Mac works with your other Apple devices in ways no other computer can. If you get a call on your iPhone, you can take it on your Mac. And you can copy images, video, and text from your iPhone, then paste to your nearby Mac — or vice versa. You can even unlock your Mac just by walking up to it wearing your Apple Watch.

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Apple Pay.

Now you can shop even more safely and simply in Safari on your Mac. Look for Apple Pay on your favorite sites, then complete your purchase with Touch ID on your iPhone or with your Apple Watch. No need to log in to the website or enter your credit card info. Talk about instant gratification.

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Universal Clipboard.

Copy images, video, or text from an app on your iPhone. Then paste into another app on your nearby Mac. And of course, it works the other way around too — so you can browse a recipe on your Mac and paste the ingredients right to the grocery list on your iPhone.

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Calls and Messages.

Make and receive phone calls on your iPhone — without picking up your iPhone. When a call comes in, just click Accept on your Mac. When you want to make a call on your Mac, just click the number. Your Mac is a whiz with messages, too. All the texts and iMessages that appear on your iPhone also appear on your Mac.3

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With just a few clicks on your Mac, you can use AirDrop to quickly transfer any file from any folder and send it to a nearby Mac or iOS device, and vice versa. Even when there’s no Wi-Fi network available.

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Auto Unlock.

Automatically log in to your Mac when you’re wearing your Apple Watch. No password typing required.

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When your Mac and iOS devices are near each other, they can automatically pass whatever you’re doing from one device to another. So you can start writing an email on a Mac and take it with you to your meeting on your iPhone.4

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Instant Hotspot.

No Wi-Fi? No problem. With Instant Hotspot, your Mac can remotely activate the Personal Hotspot on your iPhone when they’re near each other.5

Built-in Apps

Apps as powerful and elegant as your Mac. Because they’re designed for it.

With every Mac, you get a collection of powerful apps. They’re the same apps you use on your iPhone or iPad, so they’ll feel instantly familiar. They all work with iCloud, so your schedule, contacts, and notes are always up to date everywhere. And because they’re native apps — not web apps in a browser — they take full advantage of the power of your Mac to deliver the fastest possible performance and more robust features.



Organize, edit, and share a lifetime’s worth of photos and videos, and rediscover your favorite memories. Transform home videos into unforgettable movies or quickly share clips with your favorite people. And easily create music like the pros with a virtual session drummer perfectly suited to your style.


Create beautiful documents with beautiful simplicity. Visualize your data precisely and persuasively in spreadsheets with images, text, and shapes. And make stage-worthy presentations using powerful graphics tools and dazzling cinematic effects to bring your ideas to life.


Easily manage all of your email accounts in one simple, powerful app that works with email services like iCloud, Gmail, Yahoo, AOL, and Microsoft Exchange. Send unlimited messages to anyone on any Apple device, using the same Messages app on your Mac as you do on your iPhone. And make unlimited high-quality video and audio calls right from your Mac with FaceTime.


Keep your iCloud, Google, and Exchange calendars in one place, create separate calendars for home, work, and school, and view them all or just the ones you want. Keep all your contact info up to date on all your devices, and automatically import numbers, addresses, and photos from Facebook, LinkedIn, Google, and even Microsoft Exchange. And keep track of little and big things with notes that can include links, photos, map locations, and more.


Surf the web on a fast, energy-efficient browser with built-in privacy features that keep you in control of your information. Map out new destinations from your desktop, with gorgeous 3D city views like Flyover, point-to-point directions, and comprehensive transit directions. And with Spotlight, instantly search your entire Mac or get results from the Internet in just a few keystrokes.


Find the latest apps and extensions for your Mac, right on your Mac. Enjoy the music, movies, and TV shows you already have on your beautiful Retina display, or discover soon-to-be favorites. And take advantage of the world-class bookstore built right into your Mac, where you can peruse the latest titles from your desktop.

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All your stuff. On your Mac, and everywhere else you want it. Automatically.

Every Apple app uses iCloud — it’s the magic behind the seamless experience you have with all your Apple devices. So you always have your photos, videos, documents, email, notes, contacts, calendars and more on whatever device you’re using. And any file you create is not only available to you anywhere, it’s also safely backed up in the cloud. And with iCloud Drive, you can access files from your Mac desktop and Documents folder on any iOS device. It’s all done automatically. Just like that.6

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Privacy and Security

We believe your data belongs to you. Period.

Everything you do with your Mac is protected by strong privacy and security features. That’s because we build data security into everything we make, right from the start.
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You trust our products with your most personal information, and we believe very strongly that you should be in complete control of it. That’s why we respect your privacy and protect it with strong encryption and strict policies that govern how all data is handled.

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macOS is engineered with advanced technologies that are constantly working together to keep your Mac and the information on it safe. Gatekeeper makes it safer to download and install apps from the web. You can further safeguard your data using powerful built-in encryption.

Learn more about macOS security features


Need to work with Windows? Mac does that, too.

With macOS, it’s easy to transfer your files, photos, and other data from a Windows PC to your Mac. Work with popular file types such as JPEG, MP3, and PDF, as well as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents. And, of course, you can run Microsoft Office natively on a Mac. If you want, you can even run Windows on your Mac.7

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We make sure that everyone is able to use a Mac.

macOS comes standard with a wide range of assistive technologies that help people with disabilities experience what the Mac has to offer, providing many features you won’t find in other operating systems. These include VoiceOver, FaceTime,8 Switch Control, and text to speech, all designed to help anyone get more out of Mac.

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