Apple recently released the latest version of the its PC operating system called macOS Sierra and here we are going to show you how to download macOS Sierra for free, and how you can install macOS Sierra on iMac or Macbook running on El Capitan, Yosemite, Maverick or Lion. It is highly recommended that you run the latest version of whatever operating system your PC has in order to prevent bug and errors and enhance the performance of your device that comes with upgrading to newer OS version. Apple has begun rolling out the macOS Sierra update for MAC desktops and laptops. Latest MAC OS update is free and you can upgrade from older MAC operating system to the new macOS Sierra.
mac OS Sierra release is coded as version 10.12 for iMac and Macbook Air, Macbook Pro, Macbook 13-inch laptops. In this step-by-step guide, you’re going to learn how to upgrade your MAC computer from previous OS version to the macOS Sierra 10.12 on desktop/laptop.
macOS Sierra New Features:
macOS Sierra brings many new features and interesting updates. In macOS Sierra, Apple is finally bringing its digital assistant Siri to the desktop. New features such as Apple Watch sign-in, Apple Pay on the web, clipboard and more are some worthy new updates. iCloud drive is even better integrated with macOS Sierra, as well as automatic storage optimization feature to ensure you never run low on disk space.
macOS Sierra Compatible Devices
Here’s a list of macOS Sierra compatible devices:
- Macbook (Late 2009 or newer)
- Macbook Pro (Mid 2010 or newer)
- Macbook Air (Late 2010 or newer)
- iMac (Late 2009 or newer)
- Mac Pro (Mid 2010 or newer)
- Mac mini (Mid 2010 or newer)
In short, any Mac manufactured in 2010 or later should run macOS Sierra without any issues.
Minimum Requirements for macOS Sierra
Almost all Apple computer will run macOS Sierra, according to Apple. But to be clear, Apple recommends that the following minimum hardware and software requirement should be met before upgrading to the Sierra OS.
- 8.8GB of free storage
- 2GB memory
- OS X 10.7.5 or later
Most macOS Sierra feature work on older Apple MAC computer, but some new features such as Apple Pay (web version), Handsoff, Universal Clipboard, Instant Hotspot and some other feature may not work as normal or at all on older devices. You will need MACs with newer hardware for these features to work with macOS Sierra. Check out new Macbook rumors.
How to Create a Full Backup on MAC
After satisfying all basic software and hardware requirements, it’s time to backup current Mac OS version in case if anything goes wrong during the macOS Sierra installation process, you could restore the previous working OS version.
Here’s how you can create a full backup of your MAC using Time Machine:
- Connect an external drive to MAC. Make sure that the external drive has enough space available to hold backup data. Also, backup will erase existing data on external drive, so keep that in mind.
- Open System Preferences.
- Click on Time Machine.
- Click on Select Backup Disk.
- Select connected hard drive.
- Turn ON the Time Machine toggle.
- Wait for the backup to complete, it may take several minutes, so be patient.
How to Update to macOS Sierra on MAC – iMac/Macbook
After creating a full backup, your device is ready for the macOS Sierra update.
1 – Open the App Store.
2 – Search for macOS Sierra.
3 – Click the download button.
4 – Enter Apple ID information when prompted.
5 – Click install to start the macOS Sierra installation process.
6 – That’s all.
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