Is Mac OS Sierra Worth the Update?

By: Kyle Kuncl


Just last month, Apple released Mac OS Sierra as the newest operating system for Macs and MacBooks. If you are a Mac user, you may be getting annoying notifications telling you to update to the latest version of Mac OS Sierra, which brings the question should I update to the latest version? With the new update, Sierra offers a few new things for easier user experience. Some of the things that the new update adds are Siri, Handoff, Memories, and a universal Clipboard.


Starting with the features, depending on the user, Siri could be beneficial and easier for the user experience. For example, with Siri on your computer, you can just ask to find a document, open an application, and search the web. If you are a person that uses Siri frequently, this may be enough of a reason for the new update. Next, the Handoff feature may interest people to upgrade because it allows users to unlock the MacBooks with the use of their Apple Watches. Another feature that is included in Photos is Memories where you are able to rediscover photos and moments in the past. Memories automatically makes slideshows of your photos. The last feature that most people would want is a universal Clipboard. The universal Clipboard allows users to copy photos and texts on other Apple devices and paste them on your Mac.


After reading about all the new features why wouldn’t you want to update? One reasoning for not updating is that your Mac may not have the system requirements needed for some of the features to work. Another reason to hold off on updating is that many third party applications may not be updated for the new operating system. The reason not to update right away is that they are still fixing some bugs in the operating system, so it is best to wait for improved versions.


So who should update and what Macs are most compatible with the new operating system? If you are an individual with all new Apple devices and feels that they can benefit more with the update, then it may be best for the update. As for most people, waiting may be the best option so it gives your third party applications time to update for the new operating system while also allowing Apple to fix bugs that may occur. Beneath is a list of models compatible for the update and another list of which macs can use all the features.


Compatible Macs:

* Mac Pro (mid-2010 or newer)

* iMac (late 2009 or newer)

* Mac mini (mid-2010 or newer)

* MacBook Pro (mid-2010 or newer)

* MacBook (late 2009 or newer)

* MacBook Air (late 2010 or newer)


Macs that can use all the features:

* Mac Pro (late 2012 or newer)

* iMac (late 2012 or newer)

* Mac mini (late 2012 or newer)

* MacBook Pro (mid-2012 or newer)

* MacBook (Early 2015 or newer)

* MacBook Air (mid-2012 or newer)

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