You can upgrade to macOS Sierra on your Mac computer, leaving OS X 10.11 behind. This is a walkthrough of what’s new in macOS Sierra and how it compares to OS X 10.11 in important areas.
This new upgrade may sound like OS X 10.12, and in some cases it looks very much like OS X, but Apple announced a name change to macOS to bring it in line with iOS 10 and the other operating systems that the company is shipping to users.
Here are a list of reasons to install macOS Sierra and reasons not to, which can help you decide if these features are worthwhile. Keep in mind macOS Sierra 10.12.1 is likely coming in the next week.
Many of the new macOS Sierra features deliver on user convenience with faster login, an easier way to clean up your storage and sync your files to iCloud so that you always have the most important files with you.
One of the most prominent new macOS 10.12 features is Siri for Mac. Just like on your iPhone and iPad, you can now use Siri to complete many tasks and there are new integrations.
There iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch users will see the biggest benefits of upgrading with new connectivity options that make things as simple as copy and paste better. Buying items on the web is also simplified with Apple Pay for the web.
The macOS update is compatible with many devices, but not every model that runs OS X El Capitan can handle the upgrade. You’ll need a late 2009 or newer MacBook or iMac and a 2010 or later MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini or Mac Pro to use this software.
This is a look at what’s new in macOS Sierra and how it compares to OS X El Capitan in key areas.