During yesterday’s keynote talk at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, Apple announced macOS High Sierra, the next major version of the desktop operating system powering Mac desktops and notebooks. It packs in a number of new and updated core technologies to help apps get the most out of your Mac’s CPU and GPU.

macOS High Sierra sets the stage for more powerful hardware down the road, such as the upcoming iMac Pro. Thanks to the technologies like Metal 2, enhanced GPU support and other core OS improvements, it should let you do things Macs traditionally were not very good at, like AR and VR content creation, high-end gaming and so forth.

But is your rusty old Mac able to run macOS High Sierra?

According to Apple itself, the supported configurations for macOS High Sierra are the same as those for its predecessor, macOS Sierra.

The following Mac models are compatible with macOS High Sierra.

  • Late 2009 or newer MacBook or iMac
  • 2010 or newer MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini or Mac Pro

Bottom line: if your Mac runs macOS Sierra, it’s able to run macOS High Sierra as well.

Some features in macOS High Sierra require more modern hardware: a more powerful Mac will deliver better HEVC (H.265) performance, as an example. Speaking of which, playback of 4K HEVC content requires a Mac with a sixth‑generation Intel Core chip or newer.

To see your Mac’s model year and other stats, choose About This Mac from the Apple menu.

And now, check if your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch is supported by iOS 11.

Will you be updating to macOS High Sierra when it comes out this fall?

  • nodnarb1129

    “Can you Mac run macOS High Sierra?”

    Either “you Mac” was announced yesterday and I didn’t catch it, or this is a typo.

  • mucopurulent

    Already running High Sierra on my mid 2010MBP with 8 gig RAM and SSD. It seems to run fine, Finderpop finally doesn’t work and that is like losing an old friend.

    • steadymobbin

      how do you like 8 gig RAM? was thinking of doing 16 gig with two SSDs, in a raid format. but it 8 gig RAM and one SSD works then I might do that. my stock mid 2012 MacBook pro is so slow on lots of things.

      • mucopurulent

        Mine has a 2.4 GHz core2duo chip (not even i3) and I’m happy with performance. I don’t keep chrome open with 20 tabs, itunes running, while watching netflix and editing video. Some people work like that and it really drags things down unless you’ve maxed all specs.

        If you are doing lots of intensive tasks the upgrades will help but you’re using a 5 year old machine (like I should talk!). Maybe what you really need is fresh install, a SSD and at least 8 gig RAM.

    • socialdesigner

      How were you able to install it? I have a 2011 MacBook Pro and signed up for the beta program with my (unpaid) developer account, then I downloaded the “macOSSierraPublicBetaAccessUtility.dmg” file and went through the process, but it only upgraded me to macOS Sierra 10.12.6 and not macOS High Sierra. Do I need a paid developer account to download and install the beta? I also checked under downloads in my developer account and macOS High Sierra is not available either.

      • mucopurulent

        Hmmm… I don’t have a paid developer account either. I’m seem to recall getting a IPSW link. Overall, I’m happy with it but there is an annoying bug where the machine doesn’t wake from sleep. Battery life is shorter too. I don’t think Apple optimizes that kind of stuff until later betas.

      • socialdesigner

        I have a developer account and signed up for the beta program and even have the Feedback Assistant installed but it’s only letting me download betas of macOS Sierra. I found a link that takes me to the macOS High Sierra app in the store but when I try to download, I get this message: “You must enroll your Mac to download the beta.” Which I don’t understand because I am enrolled in the beta program. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4b090d6d0b9047207a9bde2adf0d7ec93116a4e93edd0f01f90b3b9ff44eac8f.png

      • socialdesigner

        Ok. I may have finally gotten this to work. I found a terminal command in another discussion that gives access to the beta program, even though I was already set up and enrolled.

        sudo /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/Seeding.framework/Versions/A/Resources/seedutil enroll DeveloperSeed

  • RustyShackleford716

    everytime I try to install on my Late 2011 17″ MBP the install fails as it says it doesn’t recognize the firmware. I’ve tried installing from USB too, no luck, same error.

  • Agneev

    So no dope for my Mac anymore?

  • Preben Faarkrog Hansen

    promo 2009 imac, 8gb ram…. On el capitain, does macOS High Sierra kill my iMac

  • RustyShackleford716

    Thank you for the Article but this footnote is a killer:
    “Note: This CD cannot be used to return an Intel-based Macintosh computer’s firmware to a previous version if a successful update has already been performed.” My firmware is newer than MBP81.0047.2AB (2015-001)