Software for updating

If you have less than 4GB RAM it is definately time to consider upgrading to a new Mac, or installing more RAM – if you decide to do that, make sure that the RAM you choose is compatible. You may be concerned that you have some software that you need to use that may not work in the new operating system - the apps in Microsoft Office 2011 won't work, for example!

You can find out how to get beta versions of Apple's operating system here.

In the case of mac OS High Sierra, here is a full list of the Macs that will be able to download the Mac OS upgrade.

Updating your Mac to the latest version of the Mac operating system is really easy, free, and not nearly as time consuming as it used to be.

However, there are a few things we recommend you do first to ensure things go smoothly, we run through these, as well as instructions for downloading and installing the latest version of the Mac OS in this tutorial.

And even if there are no issues often Apple's servers get overloaded as everyone rushes to update and that can really slow the process down.

So we recommend you hold your horses and do some tidying up and preparation first.It's not just Apple developers who get to try out the new software - if you would like to be a public beta tester your can find out more about that scheme here: How to get the latest Mac OS beta.If you'd like to find out a bit more about mac OS High Sierra before downloading it, read our comparison ofmac OS Sierra vs High Sierra to find out how it compares to the previous version. Following WWDC in June Apple issued a beta of High Sierra - we expect that the same will happen with mac OS 10.14.Boot into recovery mode (by holding down Command R at startup) and use Disk Utility from there to perform the recommended repairs.You can also run the Apple Hardware Test (for Macs older than June 2013) or Apple Diagnostics (for Macs from June 2013 or later).Here are the steps you should go through when updating your Mac to the latest version of Mac OS. We also cover how to update your Mac with the more minor updates to the operating system that Apple issues throughout the year at the bottom of this article.

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