macOS 10.12 Sierra Release Details

macOS 10.12 Sierra
Source: apple.com – macOS 10.12 Sierra

macOS 10.12 Sierra is an operating system designed and developed by Apple from 2016 to 2017 alongside Apple’s personal computers. The system was released on September 20, 2016, and was available for Free from the Mac App Store, or was preinstalled on currently sold computers.

Sierra is the first version of macOS since OS X Mountain Lion, released in 2012, that does not run on all computers that the previous version supported. From now Siri will be integrated into the system. Users can access it via the Dock, the menu bar, or a keyboard shortcut, and results are shown with an interface in the upper-right corner.

Siri can send messages, search the web, find files, and adjust settings. Results are interactive and can be dropped into other applications or pinned to the Notification Center. For instance, pictures from search results can be dragged into a document.

The Photos app now has improved face recognition. It also features object and scene recognition. It groups similar pictures using faces, locations, and object recognition to create “memories”. Memories contain picture slideshows with transitions and music selected by the algorithm, which can be modified to the user’s liking. The People album organizes photos of the people in them, and Places shows all photos on a world map. Apple Pay allows vendors to embed an Apple Pay button in their online stores.

In Safari, users can click the Apple Pay button to checkout, and then securely complete purchases using an iPhone or Apple Watch. iCloud Drive has been more tightly integrated into the OS. Users can access all files from iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Windows PC and on iCloud.com.

Optimized Storage can free up storage space. When storage space is low, it automatically uploads old files, photos, movies, and email attachments to iCloud and makes them available on demand. Files that are recently created and recent photos stay on the Mac to allow quick access.

Optimized Storage also allows finding and removing files or apps. Apps that support multiple windows will support multiple tabs within a single window, allowing the user to keep windows organized similarly to Safari. When users approach their Mac while wearing an Apple Watch, they will automatically be logged in to their desktop account.

The clipboard can be shared across nearby macOS Sierra and iOS 10 devices for cutting, copying, and pasting.

This software got the last update (10.12.6) on September 26, 2019, but in the meantime was replaced by a newer version macOS 10.13 High Sierra. Today macOS 10.12 Sierra is 7 years old!

macOS 10.12 Sierra Details

ReleasedSeptember 20, 2016 – 7 years ago
Last Software UpdateSeptember 26, 2019 – 4 years ago
Time of Support36 months (3 years)
Original PriceFree from the Mac App Store
System RequirementsiMac Late 2009 or newer
MacBook Late 2009 or newer
MacBook Pro Mid 2010 or newer
MacBook Air Late 2010 or newer
Mac mini Mid 2010 or newer
Mac Pro Mid 2010 or newer
2 GB of memory
8.8 GB of available disk space
OS X 10.7.5 or later
DistributionMac App Store

Versions of the macOS Sierra

VersionsBuildRelease Date
macOS 10.1216A323September 20, 2016 – 7 years ago
macOS 10.12.116B2555
October 24, 2016 – 7 years ago
macOS 10.12.216C67December 13, 2016 – 7 years ago
macOS 10.12.316D32January 23, 2017 – 7 years ago
macOS 10.12.416E195March 27, 2017 – 7 years ago
macOS 10.12.516F73May 17, 2017 – 7 years ago
macOS 10.12.616G29July 19, 2017 – 6 years ago

Security Updates for the macOS Sierra

BuildRelease Date
16G1036October 31, 2017 – 6 years ago
16G1114December 6, 2017 – 6 years ago
16G1212January 23, 2018 – 6 years ago
16G1314March 29, 2018 – 6 years ago
16G1408June 1, 2018 – 6 years ago
16G1510July 9, 2018 – 5 years ago
16G1618October 30, 2018 – 5 years ago
16G1710December 5, 2018 – 5 years ago
16G1815January 22, 2019 – 5 years ago
16G1917March 25, 2019 – 5 years ago
16G1918March 29, 2019 – 5 years ago
16G2016May 14, 2019 – 5 years ago
16G2127July 22, 2019 – 4 years ago
16G2128July 29, 2019 – 4 years ago
16G2136September 26, 2019 – 4 years ago

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