The operating system (OS) is the main program on the computer, thanks to which everything else works. The developers work every day to ensure that the OS worked better, produced minimum of errors, had maximum of functions. So how to update Mac OS to the latest version? What is the latest Mac OS version? And how to update Mac software? In our article, we have gathered all the basic info not only about Mac OS update but also Mac software update. Enjoy the reading!
The latest version of macOS is called macOS 10.14 Mojave. Usually, Apple releases a new version of the software once a year. Such updates are free and available in the Mac App Store. This is the fifteenth version of the operating system, released by Apple for Mac. Mojave requires Mac computers that support Metal (API). You can install it on the following devices:
The new OS from Apple came to replace the High Sierra. The update, which includes support for a dark theme and the updated Mac App Store. Dark theme will be activated automatically depending on the time of day, changing the design of the desktop. A new feature called Stacks will bring order to the screen of your Mac, automatically merging the files of one extension into neat groups. The Mac App Store, which for a long time remained without significant updates, finally received a redesign in the style of the App Store in iOS 11. Now the App Store has a completely updated interface and a rich selection of editorial materials that help in the selection of useful programs.
In the invoked window, in the "Overview" tab, you will see the name and the version’s number of the operating system installed on your computer. Each version has several small updates, which are indicated by numbers. Such updates contain security patches and other fixes. They appear regularly in the Mac App Store.
If your Mac does not already have macOS Mojave installed, you can easily update it from the Mac App Store. In order to do this, follow the detailed steps below:
Note: before upgrading the operating system, it is highly recommended that you backup your Mac with Time Machine. Apple always supports with security patches only the last three versions of macOS, so you need to update regularly to be sure of the security of the system.
MacOS Mojave 10.14 has changed the way software is updated on Mac. Now, new software versions do not appear on the Updates tab in the Mac App Store. Instead, Software Update has become a stand-alone section in the settings. Below we will explain how to update software on Mac with macOS Mojave.
Besides that, you can configure the automatic installation of updates by checking the box next to "Automatically install Mac software updates".
To view additional features, click the Advanced option. Here you can configure the following:
If you are looking for an easy way to install system updates with a single command that allows you to use the Mac during the upgrade, then read this part of the article.
Despite the fact that the installation of updates in macOS takes less time than in Windows, many people constantly postpone it, not wanting to lose even 15-20 precious minutes. However, there is a way that can significantly speed up the system update and you will need only to interrupt the work just to perform a Mac reboot.
To update, you need to follow the guide below:
sudo softwareupdate -ia && sudo reboot
After checking and installing updates, Mac will be rebooted. This process will take you only a couple of minutes, and you can continue working.
Please note that before installing any updates it is advisable to make a backup using Time Machine.
It's worth noting that Apple will not install macOS updates without your consent, and automatically downloading these updates will not affect your computer's operation in any way. Moreover, the automatic download function is useful in case you want to always use the most current version of macOS. In addition, if your Mac does not meet the requirements of the latest Mac OS version, Apple will not offer you to upgrade your operating system to the latest version.
Now your Mac will not bother you with notifications of a new version of the operating system. To enable updates again, you can do the same steps and check the box again. In addition, from this window, you can independently check for updates to your software.
As you can already answer the question “How do I update my operating system on Mac”, we thought it would be useful for you to know how to update your apps. As some of them, you have installed from the App Store, whereas others are installed from the official sites of the developers, that is why the ways to update them are different.
Definitely, there is a great variety of apps disturbed through the App Store and PhotoBulk, Commander One and CloudMounter, presented by Eltima Software are not an exception. However, if you would like to update Uplet, Eltima’s app for posting photos directly from your Mac computer to Instagram, the way mentioned above would not work. So what to do?
So, if you are not sure whether you have the latest versions of the apps, hurry to App Store and check it out.
Every time you start iTunes, it automatically searches for available updates. If updates are available for download, you will be offered to upgrade to the current version. If for some reason this does not happen, then follow this guide in order to update the software:
The whole procedure of how to update Safari is the same as for the apps from the Mac App Store.
And that is all.
Nevertheless, this method doesn’t work for Google Chrome. If you need to update Google Chrome, proceed the following steps: