At Apple's latest annual World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) there were surprisingly no new hardware announcements made. What they did reveal was the future of their new operating system, coined as macOS Sierra.
For the last decade and a half, Apple has referred to their operating system as Mac OS X (The X is pronounced 10, not the letter X). Starting with this new version and releasing to the general public this fall, the name is now macOS.
New macOS Features
The good news: Apple has crammed a lot of really cool new features into macOS Sierra 10.12.
- Siri on macOS
- Upgraded Photo’s app
- Apple Watch can unlock your Mac
- Shared clipboard from your iPhone/iPad to your Mac and back again
- iCloud Drive updates
What Macs Are Compatible With macOS?
All these changes come with a price, and that price is compatibility. If you are running an older Mac, there is a chance you will not be able to upgrade to the new OS this fall. Supported Mac computers include:
- MacBook Pro (2010 and later)
- MacBook Air (2010 and later)
- Mac Mini (2010 and later)
- Mac Pro (2010 and later)
- MacBook (Late 2009 and later)
- iMac (Late 2009 and later)
If your Mac is not on that list, you won’t be able to run macOS Sierra 10.12. While a 2009 MacBook Pro is a great computer, Mac OS X 10.11 (Mavericks) is the latest OS you will be able to run on that machine.
How to Find What Model You Own
Unclear on what year your Mac was released by Apple? By clicking on About This Mac, you can find your OS version and year your Mac was released. If it’s on the list above, you’re all set. If it’s older, it will not run macOS Sierra.
If a new Mac is just out of your budget, fear not! Ramjet has you covered! We have plenty of upgraded Macs at great prices that will allow you to run macOS Sierra. Our inventory changes often as we get new stock in, so be sure to click here to see what we have! And remember, an upgraded Mac with maxed out RAM and an SSD is a very powerful computer, and macOS Sierra will work great on it!