Mac OS High Sierra released on the 25th of September in 2017, macOS High Sierra was the fourteenth release in Apple’s macOS library. This version is known to be a refinement of the previous macOS version, Sierra, that was released on the 20th of September of 2016.
There were many small changes made from the previous OS Sierra that have helped High Sierra become much more capable than its predecessor in terms of what it can do. It also helped lay the foundation for Apple’s progress in the fields of VR(Virtual Reality) and AR(Augmented Reality).
High Sierra received positive reviews on its release. Although there were not any monumental changes made with the OS, It was praised for its software enhancements that made it much more effective and easy to use than its predecessors.
High Sierra has also drawn some flack for its lack of strong security and few issues have arisen because of it. Many users are also content with using the previous version of Mac OS Sierra. Despite a few drawbacks, High Sierra does not have any glaring negatives. It was welcomed warmly and showed that sometimes huge changes or innovations were not required to produce successful results.
Productive Features of macOS High Sierra 10.13
These are some of the new applications or enhancements that can be seen in macOS High Sierra 10.13:
APFS(Apple File System)
The new file system, APFS, is a welcome improvement over the old HFS(Hierarchical File System) Plus. The system was praised for its efficient storage handling that provided users with a lot of new space. The same file can now be cloned multiple times eliminating unnecessary wastage of space when changes have to be made to a file. The integrity of metadata is maintained with the use of checksums. There is also complete disk encryption available which is an excellent contributor to increased security.
There is an excellent addition that was made to the pre-existing Notes feature which allows the user to pin their important notes to the top of the list. Notes can also now be shared with other contacts in case the user wishes to.
Machine learning has been implemented in Siri so that it can communicate with the user more seamlessly. Siri received certain improvements such as having a less robotic voice and also introducing the “Type to Siri’ feature which allowed users to communicate with Siri without having to use their voices. This is especially useful in social situations where talking is not encouraged.
Like with Siri, machine learning was used in Safari to create a security system called “Intelligent Tracking Prevention” which would ensure that the user’s actions would not be able to be stalked by predatory parties.
Multiple mail accounts can now be handled at the same time. A new split-screen feature is available when the user decides to compose a mail, which means that they will not have to open a separate tab for this task, avoiding wasting unnecessary time.
The Photos feature has been enhanced with the addition of new editing tools and a sidebar. New filters and colour curves are available for people to experiment with. If a particular photo has been altered in any other app, the changes made would be directly seen in the original photo in Photos.
There are new applications of machine learning in the upgraded Metal 2 API. Virtual reality features are also available for users to explore and there is support available for external GPUs(Graphical Processing Units).
All family users can now utilize the same storage plan and new preferences can also be set up. Files that are saved to the iCloud can also be shared with other users which means that multiple users can work on documents at the same time.
Procedure to download Mac OS High Sierra 10.13
These are the steps that have to be followed in order to download macOS High Sierra:
Check compatibility of the system
The user has to ensure that their system is compatible with macOS High Sierra so that it can be downloaded. The following are the models with which macOS High Sierra 10.13 is compatible:
- MacBook(2009 and onwards)
- iMac(2009 and onwards)
- MacBook Air(2010 and onwards)
- MacBook Pro(2010 and onwards)
- Mac mini(2010 and onwards)
- Mac Pro(2010 and onwards)
Backup the system
This is done to ensure that the user does not lose any important files or data when they are downloading macOS High Sierra and Mac OS Mojave ISO files. Time Machine, an inbuilt feature of macOS, can be used for this purpose.
Ensure strong connection
A steady Internet connection must be available for the download of macOS High Sierra which may take a very long time. The computer must also be sufficiently charged so that there is no interruption in the download and installation that is to take place.
Proceed with download
The user can go to the App Store and download macOS High Sierra.
After the download is complete, the installation will automatically start. It is suggested that the user does this keeping in mind that it will take a long time for this process to be completed. After the user restarts their computer after the installation is completed, they will be able to experience the new OS for themselves.
How to download macOS High Sierra 10.13 ISO and DMG images
After downloading macOS High Sierra from the App Store, the following steps have to be followed after going to the Terminal:
- Create a High Sierra DMG image
- Mount the DMG image to macOS
- Create a macOS High Sierra Installer
- Unmount the disk image
- Convert the DMG image file to an ISO file
All of the commands to be entered in the terminal must be done so exactly as specified so that the ISO file can be obtained successfully from the DMG file. These commands can be retrieved from a verified site online.