Prep up your Mac for macOS Sierra

September 20, 2016

Is your Mac ready for Sierra?

macOS Sierra arrives today (or tonight depending on where you are staying) and has a plethora of new features and enhancements for your Mac. The most notable change would probably be the addition of Siri as a primary virtual assistant that you can use on almost any part of the operating system. It launches tonight, so here’s what you need to do to prepare for the latest update.

1. Check compatibility

Just like any operating system, macOS Sierra is compatible with recent hardware released by Apple. In a nutshell, here are the following Mac models that are supported by macOS Sierra:

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

2. Update all your apps

Your built-in apps can usually be updated automatically through the Mac App Store. Or if it is not included there, you can check the software itself and see if it has a pending update. Developers would usually release an update to eliminate any bugs and errors when upgrading an operating system.

If for some reason your software is not compatible, it’s best not upgrading yet until an update comes out just to eliminate the possibility of facing problems when using it. If you are willing to let go of that incompatible software, you can delete it to remove from the list of non-compatible app for macOS Sierra.

3. Backup

This one is always a general rule. Whenever you do something on your computer that’s system-wide, it is wise to keep a backup especially if you have a lot of important files saved on your computer.

Luckily, macOS’ built-in backup software Time Machine is a breeze to use. Just plug in a hard drive and it will automatically do a backup so just in case the inevitable happens you need not to worry.

Also make sure that you have a stable internet connection since macOS Sierra can only be downloaded through the Mac App Store. The download should come at less than 5 GB, so make sure your internet speed is capable of downloading that size plus you have the required hard drive space to store it.

Stay tuned for a full review of macOS Sierra at!

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. When he’s not busy playing with the latest games, Victor usually spends his time collecting Blu-rays and building his own movie library. As the Online Editor for T3 Middle East, he develops and writes content for which includes reviews, features, and videos in addition to managing its social media and web content.