Right on track, Apple has started rolling out its latest desktop operating system, macOS High Sierra, for MacBooks, iMac and Mac mini. It is a free update and available to download from the Mac App Store. The operating system is compatible with Mac mini (2010 or later), Mac Pro (2010 or later), MacBook (2009 or later), MacBook Air (2010 or later), iMac (Late 2009 or later), and MacBook Pro (2010 or later).
How to install macOS High Sierra
The installation process is pretty simple. Launch the App Store from the Applications Folder, and search for macOS High Sierra. Alternatively, you can even click on this link, then click on ‘View in Mac App Store’ and download it. The installer is about 5GB in size, so it may take a while to download it, depending on your internet connection. ALSO READ: macOS High Sierra preview: Apple aims to boost performance and productivity
After the download is complete, the installer will launch automatically. To install it right away, simply click on ‘continue,’ agree the terms and conditions, select the Mac’s startup drive and then enter your password for the new ‘helper tool.’ Next, close all your applications, save any unsaved documents and ensure that power source is connected. Once all this is done, click on restart. The installation will begin, and the process could roughly take about 30 minutes to complete, and your Mac will boot to the new High Sierra update. ALSO READ: macOS High Sierra: 10 features to look forward to
macOS High Sierra features
With the new desktop operating system, Apple is focusing on boosting performance to ensure utmost productivity. Among the key changes, Apple has switched to a new file system, called Apple File System (APFS). The Cupertino giant has optimized the new file system for flash / SSD storage on Macs. Apple further mentioned that it has been optimized for both security and encryption.
macOS High Sierra also enables High-Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC), which enables users to watch high-quality 4K videos that consume up to 40 percent less storage space compared to the existing H.264 standard. The new operating system also adds support for VR content creation, enabling developers to create immersive gaming, VR and 3D content on Mac.
The Photos app has also been updated with an always-on sidebar, new filtering and selection tools for quick and easy photo organization. Apple has also added editing tools such as Curves to let you fine-tune the contrast, and Selective Color for making adjustments to a specific color range.
Lastly, Apple has also added some nifty tools to the Safari browser. It can now stop those annoying auto-playing videos and audio in the browser. There is also a ‘reader mode’ that opens articles in an uncluttered format, without those annoying ads. What you get is clean text and multimedia, for a nice reading experience.
We have been using the macOS High Sierra since the early beta launch, and it has been pretty impressive so far. If you own a Mac, MacBook or a Mac mini, go ahead and update it to the latest operating system, and do let us know what you feel about it in the comments section below.