Apple macOS and iOS versions, what should I know about them?

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iOS version history from 2007 to 2022

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Intro to Apple macOS versions

Apple macOS is the operating system primarily used on Apple Mac computers. It provides a platform for desktop and laptop computing (MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac Mini, Mac Pro and iMac) a wide range of applications and features tailored for productivity, creative work and general computing tasks.

Intro to Apple iOS versions

Apple iOS is the operating system exclusively designed for iPhones with a focus on delivering a seamless and optimized user experience for iPhones with features a simplified user interface, touch-based interactions and a tightly controlled app ecosystem through the App Store.

What is the current Apple macOS and Apple iOS version

As of 10 June 2023, the latest version of macOS is Ventura 13.4 which was released on 18 May 2023 while for iOS the current version is 16.5, also released on 18 May 2023.

How can I check which macOS or iOS version is my device using?

To identify the macOS version simply click on the Apple logo located in the top left corner of the computer screen and then select About This Mac.

About This Mac to check Apple macOS version
macOS version details

This is the macOS name and version while to find the iOS version on your device, locate and tap on the Settings icon.

iPhone Settings icon

Tap on General and then About

iPhone 12 Pro showing iOS About details.

This is the iOS name and version.

Understanding your Mac or iPhone’s macOS and iOS versions might not seem significant to some users. However, being aware of these versions can prove beneficial for app compatibility, troubleshooting and ensuring that your device functions optimally, as outdated versions may limit certain features and capabilities.

Is it necessary to always be on the latest macOS or iOS version?

There are a few factors to consider when deciding whether to update to the latest version. If you have an older Apple device that’s more than five years old, it might be better to stick with your current version unless you specifically need the features introduced in the latest macOS or iOS.

Using the latest version on an older device could result in a slower and less efficient user experience, as newer versions tend to require more processing power and battery consumption.

macOS or iOS version no longer supported (obsolete)

Generally, it means Apple will no longer provide official updates, security patches or technical support for that particular version but devices can still be used normally and it is advisable to start preparing to get a new device soon.

Typically, Apple designates a macOS and iOS version as unsupported or obsolete after approximately 5 to 7 years from its initial release.

FAQ Apple macOS and iOS version

How do I upgrade macOS version?

Open System Preferences > Click on Software Update > Check the box beside Download new updates > Select the box Install macOS updates.

How do I upgrade my iOS version?

Settings > General > Software Update and installing any update that is available.

Can I downgrade the macOS version?

Yes, you can downgrade your macOS version but please be aware that the process will require formatting your device. Therefore it is important to back up all your files and data before proceeding as you will lose them during the downgrade process.

Can I downgrade the iOS version?

Yes, it is possible to downgrade your iOS version unless Apple stops signing a specific iOS version. Apple does this to prevent consumers from downgrading to outdated software versions or installing potentially unsafe versions of iOS.

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