Should I upgrade to macOS Sierra?

By now, you’ve probably seen the messages from Apple offering to upgrade to macOS Sierra. Apple releases major OS upgrades annually, bringing new features to your Mac. Upgrades are free, and most users upgrade within a few months. 

However, exactly when you upgrade is up to you. We typically advise clients to wait a couple months for the “point one” release, just in case there are any bugs. We can expect macOS 10.12.1 sometime in November 2016.

In the meantime, make sure all your software is fully up-to-date. Check for updates to your Adobe Creative Cloud ($50/month) or Microsoft Office 365 ($7/month), or consider less-expensive alternatives. Using Parallels Desktop? You’ll need the latest patch for version 11 (or upgrade to Parallels 12 for $50). Look for updates in the App Store. Then update all the other apps on your Mac (see instructions). If there’s an app you just can’t live without, go to the developer’s website to make sure it’s compatible with the newest OS.

Finally, check your Time Machine backups. When you’re ready to upgrade, read our tips for preparing and installing macOS. Or contact us to schedule your upgrade.

Sooner or later, you’ll want to upgrade to take advantage of the new macOS features. And by mid-2017, we’ll no longer support older versions.

If you have questions, please contact us. We’ll help you make the most of your Mac.

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