Newsletter Issue #918: Early Exposure to the High Sierra Public Beta

July 3rd, 2017

You know, it wasn’t so many years ago that I would install developer betas of new operating systems the very first day they appeared on Apple’s site. I didn’t mind hitting the wall on an installation, or just running the apps that I used most often. But I also had a spare Mac around, or a spare drive, so I could test the waters, first, and go through different builds before they were reliable enough to commit my work computer to the process.

I don’t have much in the way of extra gear anymore; well unless you count that 17-inch MacBook Pro from 2010, which still gets regular if occasional use. A couple of years ago, it was upgraded from 4GB to 8GB RAM, and the internal 500GB hard drive was replaced with an similarly-sized SSD from Other World Computing. So it runs a whole lot faster than before, and thus it appeared to be a suitable platform for macOS High Sierra.

But it’s also one of the oldest Macs that will support an upgrade to 10.13. Those requirements are unchanged from Sierra, which ran pretty well. It was worth taking a chance.

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