Don’t Install macOS High Sierra Unless You Love Problems

Apple released iOS 11, iOS 11.0.1 and macOS High Sierra in September bringing new features to your iPhone, iPad and Mac. All of these free updates are also very likely to annoy you, prevent you from getting work done and break things you use every day.

While we haven’t seen a bricked iPhone or Mac from iOS 11 or macOS High Sierra yet, we’ve lost a lot of productivity dealing with bugs, problems and other issues during the last week that are frustrating to a tech expert, and likely very aggravating to a regular user.

Do you like problems and love being annoyed? if so install macOS High Sierra today.
Do you like problems and love being annoyed? if so install macOS High Sierra today.

These include awful battery life, incredibly bad iOS 11 performance on the iPhone 7 Plus with iOS 11, Apple HomeKit deciding to randomly flash all the lights in our house for 15 minutes and most recently a 2016 MacBook Pro that cannot properly render webpages, connect to external displays properly or even show something other than a gray screen on the laptop without three restarts. Our Apple TV is even deciding that tvOS 11 is a good excuse to crash and need rebooted.

After three months and countless betas you’d expect a system that mostly works, but this time around Apple’s iOS and macOS updates bring too many problems. There’s no need for a macOS High Sierra review when the most basic things like showing content on a screen can’t be counted on reliably.

13 Common macOS High Sierra Problems & How to Fix them

Even if you are excited about the new macOS High Sierra features, there are too many issues in this series of releases to recommend that the average user upgrade to either of these services until Apple is able to fix these problems.

You can downgrade from macOS High Sierra to macOS Sierra if you want a reliable computer system until Apple fixes this, but you are better off not upgrading to macOS High Sierra at all.

4 Reasons Not to Install macOS High Sierra 10.13.5 & 10 Reasons You Should

Install for Messages in iCloud

Install for Messages in iCloud

iCloud can now keep all of your messages in the cloud and synced to all of your other Apple devices. You need iOS 11.4 or higher installed on your mobile devices and macOS 10.13.5 for your Mac. 

This works for your iMessages and your text messages and will even free up space on your iPhone. This works with the free iCloud storage plan, but you may need a paid one depending on how many photos and videos you send by text. 

When you delete a message on one device it will sync to delete across your other devices. No more re-reading the same messages over and over. 

4 Comments

  1. […] While there is nothing that is breaking everyone’s Mac. there are some macOS High Sierra problems already. So far we are hearing about some app compatibility issues and we’ve experienced some installation issues. For some users there are enough problems you shouldn’t install […]

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  2. […] If the macOS High Sierra problems are too much, you can downgrade from High Sierra to macOS Sierra without losing much time or much data. This guide will show you how to go back to macOS Sierra from macOS 10.13 if the problems are too much. […]

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  3. […] These are the reasons not to install macOS High Sierra and the reasons you should make time to install the new macOS update this week, possibly even today. While there are more reasons to install, the few reasons not to actually outweigh those at the present. There are a lot of macOS High Sierra problems, which should be enough for you to stop and wait to install macOS 10.13. […]

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  4. JeanM

    10/04/2017 at 10:13 am

    Question, what was in High Sierra that was not in Sierra that made it absolutely critical that you had to update your production machines right out of the gate? Most new OS releases, especially ones where the File System has changed creates problems and is almost guaranteed to break some apps leaving you waiting until an update can be released.

    We NEVER update business machines right from jump, beta tested or not because of this reason. Clients do not care and can not wait for systems to be back online. Its always good practice to 1. Wait on the instal 2. Instal the final release on a test machine thats not tied to important client files and production.

    This is what we do and things continue moving along with no additional self inflicted stress. After 6 months or more we may update, with plenty of supporting information, over the weekend or in the late evening.

    Graphic Design Shop, 15 employees, 20 Macs, 2 Windows machines

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