As promised, earlier today Apple has made the next version of macOS available to download, for free. macOS High Sierra isnt a huge upgrade over last years similarly named macOS Sierra release, but it does add some impressive technolgies for the core of the OS.

Learn more about what is new in depth here

How do I update?

Apple say that any Mac hardware released in 2009 or later will support macOS High Sierra, you just need to be on OS X Lion or later to actually initiate the upgrade process.

Once that is all checked, head over to the Mac App Store and look for the main banner with High Sierra, click through and hit download.

The actual update is around 5GB, so depending on your internet speed it may take a little while.

What Mac models can run it?

Apple is always very good at support the older Mac models with newer updates, with macOS Sierra and High Sierra, Mac computers from 2009 and onwards are all supported.

Apple do say that you need to be running OS X 10.8 or later to actually find the update. 2GB RAM minimum is required as is around 14GB of free hard disk space to install.

In terms of Mac models, the following are supported:

  • MacBook from late 2009 or later
  • MacBook Pro from mid 2010 or later
  • MacBook Air from late 2010 or later
  • Mac mini from mid 2010 or later
  • iMac from late 2009 or later
  • Mac Pro from late 2010 or newer

Source: Apple Support page