Apple has just made the consumer version of macOS High Sierra (v10.13), the operating system for MacBook and iMac users, available to download worldwide. The OS version was introduced in June during WWDC, 2017 conference alongside watchOS, iOS and tvOS. There are several new features in the macOS High Sierra, which can be downloaded for free.
However, before you jump ahead to download the OS backup your MacBook or iMac where you will be downloading and installing the newest version. You can use Run Time Machine on your online backup service. The installation size is around 5GB so it might take some time to depending on the internet connectivity.
Steps to download the macOS High Sierra (v10.13):
- Open the App store inside the Application folder in the MacBook or the iMac where you need to download the OS version.
- Search for macOS High Sierra. It can also be found inside the features section of the App Store.
- Click on the option to trigger the High Sierra section of the App store and click on the Download button placed at the upper left side of the app.
- Once downloaded, the MacBook or the iMac will automatically launch the installer. To proceed to continue or else press Command-Q to quit for later installation.
- Click on “Agree” in the software licence agreement section.
- Select Mac’s startup drive and click install.
- Feed in your ID and password in the new Helper tool that is downloaded by the installer.
- Restart the device when prompted by the installer. Remember to close other background applications.
- After installation, the MacBook or the iMac will restart with the macOS High Sierra.
Apple macOS High Sierra features:
macOS High Sierra is the successor to the company’s macOS Sierra. It includes an enhanced and more powerful Safari browser. The browser comes with a built-in functionality to block video/audio from autoplaying. In addition, there’s an intelligent Tracking Prevention feature which uses machine learning to prevent ads from tracking, this enhancing privacy.
The OS supports full Screen split view for better multitasking while using 35% less disk space. The new Photos app gets an enhanced new editing options.
While macOS until now used HFS file system, HIgh Sierra brings the 64-bit AppleFile System (APFS) as the new default. The new OS is much safer and secure with native encryption.
Besides a better video format support for MacBooks, the new OS version’s developer beta will be made available starting today. The public beta will arrive later this month and the final version will ship later this year.