10 things to do be­fore you in­stall… HIGH SIERRA

Get your ma­chine High Sierra ready be­fore up­grad­ing

Mac Format - - NEWS - Writ­ten by Nate Drake

Fans of the Ter­mi­na­tor fran­chise may re­mem­ber the cy­ber­netic killing ma­chine played by Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger be­ing sin­gu­larly out­classed by the su­pe­rior and ruth­lessly ef­fi­cient T-1000. At Mac­For­mat we have been ex­per­i­ment­ing with the spe­cial pre­view of the lat­est ver­sion of macOS, High Sierra, and can safely say that there is no bet­ter anal­ogy when com­par­ing Ap­ple’s lat­est of­fer­ing to its pre­de­ces­sor.

The fluid ma­chine that is High Sierra is ex­em­pli­fied by the use of HEVC (High Ef­fi­ciency Video Cod­ing). The up­graded Metal 2 will also turbo charge your Mac’s GPU (Graph­ics Pro­cess­ing Unit) like never be­fore by sup­port­ing fea­tures such as vir­tual re­al­ity.

Un­der the hood, the OS in­tro­duces the new Ap­ple File Sys­tem, specif­i­cally de­signed to process your data more ef­fi­ciently on mod­ern flash drives, specif­i­cally when cloning data. High Sierra also in­cor­po­rates changes and im­prove­ments to ex­ist­ing apps like Pho­tos. As im­por­tant as it is to keep your ma­chine up to date and en­joy new fea­tures, if your Mac isn’t pre­pared, you may run into some is­sues dur­ing in­stal­la­tion.

In this guide, we’ll ex­plore how to check your Mac is com­pat­i­ble with High Sierra as well as de­tail­ing meth­ods to up­grade. We’ll also ex­am­ine ways to make sure your favourite ap­pli­ca­tions are com­pat­i­ble with High Sierra and dis­cuss how to back up macOS, should the worst hap­pen.

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