MacOS 10.13 High Sierra for MacBook, iMac Now Available as Free Update

Apple has recently released iOS 11 update for iPhone and iPad, watchOS update for the Apple Watch and tvOS 11 for the Apple TV in this month. Starting from today, Apple has also rolled out the latest macOS 10.13 High Sierra update for iMac and MacBook devices. The MacOS High Sierra is now available as a free update through Mac App Store.

MacOS 10.13 High Sierra has arrived with plenty of new features. The new software update brings a new file system called Apple File System (AFPS) for Mac devices that come with inbuilt SSD drives. AFPS makes it easier to copy, move, delete or convert files compared to devices running on macOS. The HEIF and HVEC file compression standard that respectively reduces image and video files on iOS 11 is now also available on macOS High Sierra.

The Photos app has been significantly updated with new filter and editing features. It can also run GIF files and carries support for Live Photos effects. The Notes App now allows users to create a table. Thanks to machine learning, Siri can now better understand the preferences of the users. The optimized Mail app consumes 35 percent less storage space.

The Safari browser can load pages quicker than before. It is also equipped with some new features like intelligent cookie tracking, Read Mode and auto-mute videos that start automatically. During a FaceTime call, users can snap a Live Photo of the other person. The macOS High Sierra also carries support for Virtual Reality (VR) content which will allow developers to create 3D and VR content for Mac users. The low-level graphics API from the company has been upgraded to Metal 2.

To sum up, the macOS High Sierra does not bring visual improvements, but Apple has introduced plenty of background refinements. Hence, the interface of the new update is same as macOS Sierra. However, it is built to deliver better performance.

MacOS High Sierra Compatible Devices

Here is the list of devices that are eligible to receive macOS High Sierra update:

  • MacBook Pro models from 2010 or later
  • MacBook Air models from 2010 or later
  • MacBook models from 2009 from later
  • iMac models from 2009 or later
  • Mac Mini models from 2010 or alter
  • Mac Pro models from 2010 or later

How to Install MacOS 10.13 High Sierra

Before installing the update, users are required to backup their devices to prevent loss of data. Users are also required to check whether there is sufficient storage space on the device for installing the update.

In order to install macOS 10.13 High Sierra users are required to visit the Mac App Store and then navigate to Updates tab. The MacOS High Sierra should show at the top of the list. Hit the Update button next to it to download the update.

If the update does not show in the Mac App Store, users need to search for “high sierra” and the update should appear. The other way to check for the update is to click on the Apple icon present at the top-left of the screen and then click on About This Mac and then navigate to Software Update. It will launch the Mac App Store app and search for the update. The status of the update can be checked from the Purchased tab available on the Mac App Store.