Apple will release its new desktop operating system macOS Sierra featuring version 10.12, the 13th major upgrade of macOS, on 20 September for users of compatible Mac devices across the globe, the company has confirmed on the macOS Sierra website.
To get macOS Sierra, your Mac must be running OS X 10.7.5 or later, and have at least 2GB of RAM and 8.8GB of storage space. Some features in the new OS require Apple ID and a compatible internet service provider. The Mac models that are compatible with macOS Sierra are:
Compatible Mac devices eligible for macOS Sierra
- MacBook (Late 2009 or newer)
- MacBook Pro (Mid 2010 or newer)
- MacBook Air (Late 2010 or newer)
- Mac mini (Mid 2010 or newer)
- iMac (Late 2009 or newer)
- Mac Pro (Mid 2010 or newer)
The upgrade for Mac users would be available just a week after Apple rolls out iOS 10 on 13 September, three days before the iPhone 7 and the 7 Plus go on sale. As always, macOS Sierra would a free software upgrade. When it becomes available, just head over to the Mac App Store, then click the download button and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the upgrade. Alternatively, just visit any Apple Store to get the upgrade.
Following the official announcement in June at its annual WWDC conference, Apple made the developer preview version of macOS Sierra available for developers. A month later, in July a public beta was released, wherein users need to sign up for the macOS Sierra Beta Program.
The main highlight of the latest macOS is Siri integration, using which Mac users can search for information, find files and send messages from the desktop. Other key elements are Universal Clipboard that allows copying content from Apple device to another, Apple Pay so that users can shop online on the Mac.