Should You Upgrade to High Sierra?

 In Tech Reviews

MacOS High Sierra is now available, and you may have installed it already. If you haven’t and before you do, we suggest you check compatibility with your current applications. Apple stopped supporting Rosetta in MacOS X 10.7 Lion (Rosetta was Apple’s tool for translating apps to run on an Intel processor, before the Intel processor was King). When Apple initially moved to Intel, Rosetta served to translate older, pre-Intel apps, but with the introduction of OS X 10.7 Lion support for these legacy apps was gone.

High Sierra shifts away from 32-bit apps, although Apple has said that all apps sold on the Mac App Store should be 64-bit from January 2018. While not completely gone at this time, MacOS High Sierra will still support 32-bit apps in the short-term.

In 2018, MacOS 10.14 will not support 32-bit apps at all. Here are some of the apps that we know won’t work, and some that might, so you may need to upgrade.

  • Compressor 4.3.2 – Update to the latest version of Compression here
  • Final Cut Pro X 10.3.4 – Update to the latest version of Final Cut Pro here
  • Motion 5.3.2 – Update to the latest version of Motion here
  • Logic Pro X 10.3.1 – to the latest version of Logic here
  • MainStage 3.3 – Update to the latest version of MainStage here

Microsoft has announced that they will not be offering “formal support” for its Office 2011 apps in MacOS 10.13 High Sierra. Support for Office 2011 for Mac ended on October 10, 2017. Microsoft says that if you are running Office 2016 for Mac, you should update to version 15.35 or later.

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