Here are the reasons not to install macOS Sierra and the reasons you should upgrade to macOS Sierra 10.12.2 today. For most users the reasons to install macOS Sierra outweigh the drawbacks, but for the first few months there are important reasons to wait.
The macOS Sierra update brings more than just a brand new name for the software that runs on your Mac, MacBook and iMac. This latest update adds new MacBook Emoji and other important updates.
Apple began automatically downloading the macOS Sierra update to many computers earlier this year and you may see it show up on your Mac unexpectedly. This is prompting more users to install macOS Sierra even though it is not required.
Since the announcement we’ve seen the macOS Sierra 10.12.1 update and macOS Sierra 10.12.2 update is now live.
Many users are asking if they should upgrade from OS X El Capitan to macOS Sierra or upgrade from OS X Yosemite to macOS Sierra and this will help you make that decision based on your specific situation.
Here’s Why You Should Update to macOS Sierra:
- Install if you have OS X El Capitan Problems
- Install if you have the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar
- Install if you need better security
- Install macOS Sierra for Siri
- Install for Better Messages & New Emoji
- Install to Unlock with the Apple Watch
- Install for Apple Pay on Mac
- Install to get more storage space back
Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Install macOS Sierra;
- Don’t install if you aren’t prepared
- Don’t install if you are worried about macOS Sierra problems
- Don’t install if you use a really old Mac
- Don’t install if you’re traveling
The macOS Sierra release date arrived in October, delivering a fresh look and a fresh set of features to your Apple computers. One of the most interesting is that you can now login to your MacBook or iMac with your Apple Watch.
This is the first major update since OS X El Capitan. Apple spent the better part of the last year delivering small and important upgrades to OS X El Capitan, which may leave it the best option for many users as we close out 2016.
After a lengthy developer and public beta period that squashed many bugs, there are still some macOS Sierra problems that users need to keep in mind before upgrading.
Users can install the macOS Sierra update and keep their data, apps and photos in place right from the App Store. If you’re experiencing some OS X El Capitan problems, it’s a smart idea to perform a clean macOS Sierra installation and start fresh.
The macOS Sierra update is free, but there is no need to get it on day one and the free offer doesn’t end like the Windows 10 free upgrade did.
If you are still on the fence, here is a look at the reasons to install macOS Sierra (macOS 10.12.1) and the reasons you shouldn’t upgrade yet. After you learn about what the macOS Sierra update includes and the potential issues you can decide if the time is right for you to update.
To turn off the automatic macOS Sierra download, go to System Preferences -> App Store -> Uncheck Download newly available updates in the background.
If you need to delete the macOS Sierra update that already downloaded to stop the prompts to update or to get some space back you can find it using Finder and delete it.
Here’s what’s new in macOS Sierra 10.12.2 that is now available as a free update.
- Improves setup and reliability of Auto Unlock
- Allows addition of a Chinese Trackpad Handwriting button to the Touch Bar Control Strip
- Adds support for taking screenshots of the Touch Bar using the Grab app or Cmd-Shift-6 shortcut
- Fixes an issue that caused the Touch Bar emoji picker to appear on the display
- Resolves graphics issues on MacBook Pro (Late 2016) computers
- Fixes an issue where System Integrity Protection was disabled on some MacBook Pro (Late 2016) computers
- Improves setup and opt-out experience for iCloud Desktop and Documents
- Fixes an issue with the delivery of Optimized Storage alerts
- Improves audio quality when using Siri and FaceTime with Bluetooth headphones
- Improves the stability of Photos when creating and ordering books
- Fixes an issue where incoming Mail messages did not appear when using a Microsoft Exchange account
- Fixes an issue that prevented installation of Safari Extensions downloaded outside the Safari Extensions Gallery
- Adds support for new installations of Windows 8 and Windows 7 using Boot Camp on supported Macs
If you haven’t installed macOS Sierra yet there are still reasons to hold off, but not as many as we saw in November.
We’ll start with the reasons to install macOS Sierra and then move into the reasons not to install macOS Sierra 10.12.2 yet.
Install if You Have OS X El Capitan Problems
Do you have OS X El Capitan problems? If your WiFi is unreliable, your Mac is slow or acting odd, a macOS Sierra update may be just the thing your computer needs. In addition to delivering smart features there are bug fixes and performance upgrades in macOS Sierra as well.
If your computer is really acting up, you may want to spend the time to perform a clean install of macOS Sierra. This allows you to start over fresh with no apps or data to mess up your installation. Users that go this route should make sure that they have important data backed up someplace else.