macOS Sierra will release to the public on September 20th

By , Sep 7, 2016

macOS Sierra MacBook

Today’s Apple event was very busy for the iPhone and for the Apple Watch, but one thing that kind of flew under the radar was the Mac. At the keynote, Apple made it clear that macOS Sierra would be released to the public on September 20th.

It will be the official re-branding of the Mac’s operating system from OS X to macOS for the very first time, which puts the Mac on par with other OS naming schemes, such as iOS, watchOS, and tvOS.

Of course, the name isn’t the only thing that’s big with macOS Sierra, the update also comes with a slew of new features, including:

  • Siri officially coming to the Mac
  • Auto unlock with Apple Watch
  • Apple Pay support
  • Universal clipboard and tabs
  • Your documents everywhere, via iCloud
  • Picture-in-Picture
  • Storage management
  • Improvements to the Photos app
  • New features in the Messages app
  • Added features to Apple Music
  • and more…

All Macs manufactured post-2009 can run macOS Sierra. Those include:

  • MacBook (Late 2009 or newer)
  • MacBook Pro (Mid 2010 or newer)
  • MacBook Air (Late 2010 or newer)
  • Mac mini (Mid 2010 or newer)
  • iMac (Late 2009 or newer)
  • Mac Pro (Mid 2010 or newer)

The upgrade can be done right from the Mac App Store for free. The following requirements must be met to install macOS Sierra:

  • OS X 10.7.5 or later
  • 2GB of memory
  • 8.8GB of available storage
  • Some features require an Apple ID; terms apply.
  • Some features require a compatible Internet service provider; fees may apply

iOS 10 and watchOS 3 will be coming a week ahead of the game; September 13th. Although macOS Sierra follows a week after, it’s sure not to disappoint.

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  • Still no mention of a release date for the Apple TV… I’m super looking forward to that!

    • Charles222

      That’s not gonna happen til Apple has 4K movies to sell you.

      • Agneev Mukherjee

        So true, but hey, there’s Home Sharing.

  • Not sure if I should do a clean restore or just update to macOS Sierra. Don’t have a fast hard drive to make a full backup.

    • Joaquim N.

      Start the backup early. It will be officially released in 13 days.

      • Mr.Coolfreak

        i always like to start totally fresh when new OS release annually, i just backup my documents to google drive, and photos backed upto Photos and music via Apple Music.

  • Agneev Mukherjee

    Will it be available elsewhere other than the Mac App Store?

    • Charles222

      Through torrents, and I think apple might still link to it on their website.

      • Agneev Mukherjee

        I’m pretty sure that Apple’ll link to Mac App Store, but can the download from torrents be trusted?

      • Charles222

        No. It’s a torrent. :p