The new operating system for Mac has been announced at the WWDC 2017 and the hype is real. With a lot of tweaks and refinements, the new macOS High Sierra promises a user experience deemed for the future of technology, bringing Apple one step closer to VR, AR and gaming capabilities.
But before you get to test the new features and fine-tunings, you’ll need to get your hands on High Sierra. While this step is easy if you have an Apple Developer Program account or access to a developer beta subscription, you still need to have a compatible Mac. Which brings us to the subject of this article: how to find out if your Mac can run masOS High Sierra and what are the system requirements for macOs 10.13. Eager to find out? Let’s go!
macOS 10.13 High Sierra Compatibility
Now, if you’ve been running macOS 10.12 so far, we’ve got great news for you! Your Mac should also run macOS 10.13 High Sierra without any issues. Not sure which version of macOS you have? Find out by opening the Apple menu and clicking on About this Mac.
If you discover you are running an older version of macOS, don’t despair, as there is still hope.
Here’s a complete list of the Mac desktop and notebook devices that support macOS High Sierra:
Late 2009 or newer models:
2010 or newer models:
|MacBook Pro||MacBook Air||Mac Mini||Mac Pro®|
In short, any Mac from 2009 or newer has the configuration to support macOS 10.13 High Sierra. This comes to support Apple’s credo that any device made more than 7 years ago is too old and obsolete to support the newer capabilities in software development. However, devices between 5 and 7 years old are held in a sort of esteem by Apple who names them “vintage”, thus they still offer support (at least some kind) for them.
System requirements for macOS High Sierra
The system requirements for running macOS High Sierra remained the same as for macOS Sierra, which is amazing news for owners of older Macs, who’ll be able to enjoy (at least some of) the features and refinements of the new system.
Of course, the newer the Mac, the more powerful the hardware and the more macOS High Sierra features it can run at maximum performance. However, there are some upgrades only newer and more advanced Macs will be able to handle. The 4K HEVC content is one good example for this case, as it will only be available to Mac owners with a sixth-generation Inter Core chip or more advanced versions.
How much space do you need for macOS High Sierra
To install or upgrade to the new macOS High Sierra, you’ll need at least 8 GB of free space. However, be prepared to be amazed. Once you upgrade to the new system, you’ll notice a bunch of free space as you begin to use it, due to its improved files system and the videos that take it easier on the space they occupy.
macOS High Sierra release dates
There was never a better time to be a developer, as the macOS High Sierra is available for them right now in the form of a beta version. The public beta will be available at the end of June, with the official, big-free release scheduled for this autumn.