I don't want my desktop to feel adventurous, not even half-adventurous. I want it to be an efficient tool for getting the job done.
Please, desktop OS-manufacturers, resist the lure of adventuring new bells and whistles, and invest that time optimising, smoothing corners and making everything more efficient.
I disagree. Recently, I formatted my macbook pro and decided maybe I don't need all these "new features" in Sierra and would be fine with Mavericks.
Turned out it is more complicated than that.
- The external screen renders better under Sierra than Mavericks. I didn't notice the change since it happened gradually and I don't know which version triggered it. But it was annoying enough to notice.
- The battery life under Sierra is much better. I noticed a 10-20% extended lifetime.
- Some apps would not work.
- I missed the Sync between my iDevices. I didn't know that it didn't exist in Mavericks.
- Finder is more responsive in Sierra than Mavericks
I really came to appreciate Sierra after that reset to Mavericks. In fact, I couldn't work with it and decided to upgrade. What High Sierra brings to the table is "unnoticeable" UI wise but makes your workflow easier.
These small improvements performance wise makes your work easier and better. On the longterm they accumulate and are making macOs still the best OS I have ever interacted with.
Mavericks is 4 versions old (10.9), Sierra is current version (10.12), High Sierra is the on that adds these features you're talking about (10.13). In between were Yosemite and El Capitan.
I just wish their site wasn't down right now so I could give it a read before updating.
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-iMac (Late 2012 and later)
-MacBook Air (Mid 2012 and later)
-MacBook Pro (Mid 2012 and later)
-Mac Mini (Late 2012 and later)
-Mac Pro (Late 2013)
-MacBook (Early 2015 or newer)
-MacBook Pro (2012 or newer)
-MacBook Air (2012 or newer)
-Mac Mini (2012 or newer)
-iMac (2012 or newer)
-Mac Pro (Late 2013)
This is one of the features that was only in the Server option but is now available for free. We have a Mac Mini that's an iTunes server and always on. So I expect it will work great going forward for caching apps, music and photos.