What is the New OSX Sierra Update?
Sierra is the newest operating system from Apple.
The question is are you prepared for the upgrade?
Did you backup?
It’s always a good idea to backup your data, especially before a big system update. Use Time Machine for as your regular backup or use a tool like Carbon Copy Cloner to create a bootable backup of your system.
Can you upgrade your current operating system?
You need to be using at least 10.6.8.
If you not sure what OS you’re using? Click on the Apple in the top left corner and select “About This Mac.”
What about the Hardware?
Here’s a list of Macs that are compatible with Sierra
You can also check your model in the “About This Mac” menu:
- iMac (Late 2009 or newer)
- MacBook (Late 2009 or newer)
- MacBook Air (Late 2010 or newer)
- MacBook Pro (Mid 2010 or newer)
- Mac mini (Mid 2010 or newer)
- Mac Pro (Mid 2010 or newer)
Beside the model we also need to check if you have enough memory?
Minimum requirement is 2GB of RAM, but that’s realistically i wouldn’t recommend any less than 4GB.
You also need at least 8.8GB of hard drive space available.
It’s easier said than done but you need to try and find if the apps you use are are Sierra ready, if it all fails than you can always revert to your backup.
Some apps, such as Microsoft, VMWare, Adobe, etc do not update through the App Store so you are going to have to go from site to site to confirm if they need updating before.
A while ago a delegate showed me Roaringapps.com web site is helpful to find what apps will work in the different versions of the mac operating systems.