Critical Pre-Update Checklist for the Latest Mac OS Installation

Latest Mac OS Update
Latest Mac OS update

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Intro to checklist for the latest Mac OS installation

It’s that time of the year again when Apple releases a new Mac OS (operating system) version. This year’s name, So-no-ma, may be a bit tricky to pronounce. The full version is scheduled for release on 26 September 2023. While Apple offers a free update for Mac, is it really a good deal? We’ll delve into that shortly, but first, here’s a checklist of what you should do before updating.

Can your Mac support latest Mac OS?

By default, the latest OS is compatible with the following Macs: MacBook Air and MacBook Pro year 2018 and later. iMac year 2019 and later. Mac Mini year 2018 and later.

How to check your Mac’s manufacturing year

The easiest way to access this information is by checking your Mac’s details or using its unique serial number.

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About This Mac info

If your Mac is unable to turn on for any reason, you can locate the serial number printed on the casing. To learn where to find them, click here. After locating the Mac serial number, you can check it on the Apple Coverage Site to identify the Mac model and year.

Mac Year

Pro Tip 1

If your Mac’s manufacturing year is not eligible for the upgrade, but you still need to use the latest macOS for your tasks, you can bypass this limitation and upgrade by using OpenCore Legacy Patcher.

OpenCore Legacy Patcher

Back up all your files

If the update fails, you’ll need to reinstall the operating system, which might involve formatting your system before a fresh installation can proceed. Therefore, it’s crucial to have a backup of your data. You can use iCloud, an external hard disk or Time Machine for this purpose. On how to use iCloud for backup, click here.

Free Space Require

It’s recommended that your Mac has at least 40GB of free space for the latest Mac OS upgrade.

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Storage Tab

Update to Latest Mac OS

It’s quite straightforward. Go to System Preferences, then navigate to Software Update, and update from there.

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System Preferences. Software Update

Pro Tip 2

If you frequently use third-party apps like Adobe Suites and Microsoft Office for work, it’s advisable to wait for updates and notifications from these apps, confirming their compatibility with the latest Mac OS. This helps prevent potential issues, errors or unexpected quits when using them on latest version.

Error during update

If, unfortunately, you encounter any bugs, errors, internet disconnections or power interruptions during the update process and the update fails to complete, you may need to reinstall the Mac OS manually. You can find a guide on how to do this here.

Conclusion to updating the latest Mac OS

There has been a long-standing myth that updating to the latest Mac OS version will always result in a better and smoother user experience. While this holds true for users with the latest Mac computers, those with older Macs, especially those with Intel processors, may experience more lag after updating to the latest version. So, it’s essential to think twice and ensure you have the appropriate hardware before updating to the latest software. As the saying goes, free stuff doesn’t always mean it’s the right fit for you.

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