Apple annouced final version of macOS (formerly OS X) for Macs, iOS for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and watchOS for Apple Watch. Apple renamed OS X to macOS due to better match to other Apple’s operating systems. These operating system were introduced at summer at WWDC 2016 in San Francisco. Apple provided beta versions of macOS and iOS for developers and little later for public. watchOS and tvOS betas are only available for developers. Now we will look on release dates for all these operating systems.
macOS Sierra: although macOS Sierra was completely ignored at yesterday 7th September Apple Special Event and no release date was announced at keynote, Apple annouced release date on its homepage and that date is 20th September. If you are using OS X Lion 10.7.5 or later, you can upgrade to macOS Sierra directly via Mac App Store. In case of issues after upgrading, you can reinstall fresh copy of macOS Sierra via OS X Recovery. If you want to erase your SSD/HDD and make clean install of macOS Sierra, Apple hasn’t announced if you still need first upgrade to macOS Sierra and then reinstall macOS via OS X Recovery, Apple only says on it’s support page “Reinstall OS X: Download and reinstall OS X on your startup disk. OS X Recovery (Command-R) installs the version of OS X that was last installed on your Mac. OS X Internet Recovery (Option-Command-R) installs the version that originally came with your Mac.”
Supported Macs for macOS Sierra:
- MacBook Pro (Mid 2012 or later)
- Retina MacBook (all current models)
- MacBook (Late 2009 or later)
- MacBook Air (Late 2010 or later)
- Mac mini (Mid 2010 or later)
- iMac (Late 2009 or later)
- Mac Pro (Mid 2010 or later)
Other general requirements for update to macOS Sierra are OS X Lion (10.7.5 or later), 2 GB RAM and 8.8 GB of free storage. If you are still using versions of OS X older than OS X Lion 10.7.5, you will need to upgrade your system via Mac App Store first and then update to macOS Sierra.
Golden Master version of macOS Sierra is currently available for both developers (since 7th September) and public testers (since today, 8th September).
iOS 10: Apple will release iOS 10 at 13th September, two days before the official launch date of the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus. Update will be able as over-the-air update or via iTunes – including possibility to install fresh copy of iOS.
Supported iDevices for iOS 10:
- iPhone 6s Plus
- iPhone 6s
- iPhone SE
- iPhone 6 Plus
- iPhone 6
- iPhone 5s
- iPhone 5c
- iPhone 5
Of course, incoming iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be shipped with iOS 10.
- iPad Pro (12.9-inch)
- iPad Pro (9.7-inch)
- iPad Air 2
- iPad Air
- iPad 4th generation
- iPad mini 4th generation
- iPad mini 3rd generation
- iPad mini 2nd generation
- iPod touch 6th generation
Golden Master version of iOS 10 is currently available for both developers (since 7th September) and public testers (since today 8th September).
watchOS 3: Apple’s operating system for it’s Apple Watch will be released at 13th September. All Apple Watchs are supported. Beta version of watchOS is only available for developers.
Apple Watch Series 2 will be shipped with watchOS 3.
Golden Master version of watchOS 3 is currently only available for developers (since yesterday 7th September).
tvOS: Apple already seeds Golden Master of tvOS since 7th September, but only to developers. Final release date is uncertain, Apple only says “Coming soon”. Betas weren’t available for public, only for developers. tvOS was on 7th September Apple Special Event completely ignored, like mentioned macOS Sierra.