This is how you can get macOS High Sierra right now

Apple releases new beta for everyone to give it a go early

The latest macOS High Sierra was announced at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference 2017. Now the Apple Beta Software Program has come online that allows anyone to try the new OS before it’s final release.

Before you scramble over to Apple, bare in mind this is a beta version which means you’re taking a risk by using an unstable platform that could have bugs. In effect you get an early look but you’re helping Apple test out the software before it’s good enough for release proper. So should you try it?

The new High Sierra OS comes with plenty of appeal including support for VR and AR, autoplay video blocking in Safari, Live photo editing in Photos, more security with Apple File System, H.265 video for 40 percent more compression and plenty more.

6 reasons you'll need to upgrade to MacOS High Sierra

How do I get macOS High Sierra public beta?

Head on over to the Apple Beta Software Program site and sign up using your Apple ID. Enroll your device, with a back-up to Time Machine ideally, then get your redemption code. 

The App Store will launch so you can enter your Apple ID password and download the installer. Enjoy.

Does macOS High Sierra work on my machine?

Apple has explained which machines will run the new macOS High Sierra OS. Essentially it’s any Mac newer than seven years old. These are: 

  • MacBook: Late 2009 or later
  • iMac/iMac Pro:Late 2009 or later
  • MacBook Air: 2010 or later
  • MacBook Pro: 2010 or later
  • Mac mini: 2010 or later
  • Mac Pro: 2010 or later

6 reasons you'll need to upgrade to MacOS High Sierra

Luke Edwards

Luke is a former freelance writer for T3 with over two decades of experience covering tech, science and health. Among many others Luke wrote about health tech, software and apps, VPNs, TV, audio, smart home, antivirus, broadband, smartphones, cars and plenty more. In his free time, Luke used to climb mountains, swim outside and contort his body into silly positions while breathing as calmly as possible.