Apple today released the final version of macOS 10.13 High Sierra. Building on macOS 10.12 Sierra, High Sierra comes with a number of underlying changes aimed at offering a better user experience.
This includes support for Apple File System, which first made its way to iOS devices with the release of iOS 10.3 in March this year. The new file system has been optimised for flash and solid state disks and will be replacing Apple’s ageing HFS file system.
Another important improvement in macOS High Sierra is native support for H.265 (HEVC) video. However, support for H.265 videos will only be available on Macs running Intel’s 6th generation or higher Core processors.
Apple has also given Safari a huge revamp with High Sierra and introduced Intelligent Tracking Prevention which prevents cross-site tracking data using machine learning. The Reader mode has also been improved along with the browser automatically disabling videos that autoplay.
macOS High Sierra is compatible with all Macs that were compatible with macOS 10.12 Sierra. Thus, the following Macs are going to be compatible with macOS 10.13 when it drops later today:
- MacBook – 2009 and later
- iMac – 2009 and later
- MacBook Air/Pro – 2010 and later
- Mac mini and Mac Pro – 2010 and later
Once available, you will be able to update your Mac to High Sierra through the ‘Updates’ section of the Mac App Store. You might get slow download speeds due to the initial rush of people looking to upgrade their Macs to High Sierra. So, if you can, then do hold out for a few hours before updating your Mac to High Sierra.
Read more about all the new features in macOS Sierra below.