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Apple releases macOS Sierra as free upgrade

by Brandon Russell | September 20, 2016September 20, 2016 10:12 am PST

After months in beta, Apple on Tuesday released macOS Sierra as a free upgrade. You can download it now from the App Store.

As part of today’s upgrade, Apple is making a number of big changes, not least of which includes changing up the nomenclature of the software. Siri is finally making its debut on Mac, too, giving users the power to search for files, send messages, and more.

If you use Siri a lot on your phone, chances all you’ll find her arrival on Mac very welcome. Basically, the personal assistant iOS owners have come to know over the past few years is finally available on Mac machines everywhere.

Some other upgrades available in today’s update include universal clipboard support, iCloud Drive, Apple Pay on the web, optimized storage, improved Photos, and a Messages app that supports the numerous features that were introduced in iOS 10.

According to Apple, these are the machines that will support today’s upgrade:

  • 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)

Of course, a lot of the features Apple is introducing are contingent on having the latest hardware, so check out this section on Apple’s website to see which features you’ll be able to use. For example, the new “Auto Unlock” feature requires a Mac introduced in mid-2013 or later, and also requires an Apple Watch with watchOS 3 and an iPhone 5 or later.

To upgrade, general requirements include OS X 10.75 or later, 2GB of memory, and 8.8GB of available storage.

Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...