Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Should you update your device to macOS Sierra?


Don’t update your Mac OS—yet!

ITS recommends that you wait to upgrade your device to MacOS version 10.12, macOS Sierra, which is scheduled to be released by Apple on September 20, 2016.

macOS Sierra update checklist

✓ Will my existing software still work?

Maybe not. Third-party software vendors need additional time to make their software compatible with the latest Mac operating system. Here's a growing list of software titles that are not ready for the update:

  • Adobe CS5
  • Canon multi-function devices—provided by Loffler
  • MATLAB, At this time, MATLAB is not completely compatible with macOS;  this is only a problem if your computer is set to "non-United States regions and locales. Is MATLAB compatible with macOS 10.12 "Sierra"?
✓ Will it run on my computer?

The latest and greatest may negatively affect the performance of older computers.

✓ Back up my device.

Backing up your device is strongly recommended. Once the update is complete, there's no going back.

✓ Clear my schedule.

Upgrading your device to macOS Sierra may take hours.

Bottom line: When in doubt, you probably shouldn't.

Here's now to hide the UPDATE button to avoid accidentally updating to macOS Sierra.

  1. From the Apple menu, select App Store…
  2. Click Updates.
  3. From the Update Available list, locate MacOS Sierra (it will appear when available).
  4. Right-click (or Control+Click) on the macOS Sierra update title.
  5. Select Hide Update.
  6. Close the window to exit the App Store.

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