It launched on 25 September bringing new core technologies, including an entirely new file system APFS , virtual reality related features, and refinements to apps such as Photos and Mail. Over the months that followed the introduction, a number of software updates have been issued to introduce new features and to fix issues and vulnerabilities - something that has unfortunately plagued this version of the Mac operating system, so much so that Apple has said it will focus on stability in the next version of macOS.
The latest update to be issued to High Sierra is version We'll tell you more about that update below. Moving swiftly on, the In this article we've got everything you need to know about High Sierra including details of the issues, problems and security vulnerabilities that have been discovered , as well as details about the latest beta versions of High Sierra, and the upcoming features Apple is adding to the operating system that all users will eventually see in the next update to High Sierra.
Read on to find out what the latest version of High Sierra is, and whether you should go ahead and download it. If you would like to find out about the next version of the Mac operating system - macOS First up, we'll look at some of the features that were promised for High Sierra but haven't yet arrived While the company may decide to wait until the next big update to macOS macOS Thanks to the latest beta version, we already know that one feature is likely to make an appearance on MacOS and iOS 11 soon - Messages on iCloud should mean that your messages are better synced across all your devices.
Well it looks like that could be about to change very soon. Whether this will arrive in the form of an update to High Sierra, or as part of the next version of the Mac operating system macOS MacOS High Sierra It's not known what the beta currently includes, but it's likely to be bug fixes.
There may also be new emoji coming soon, apparently, Apple is planning to introduce 13 new emoji to represent people with disabilities. However, the company may hold these back to a future update. What is the latest version of macOS High Sierra? Below we wll run through each of the versions of MacOS High Sierra that have been issued, explaining what new features and fixes arrived with them.
To find out which version of macOS you are running click on the Apple icon on the left side of your screen, and About this Mac. Beware sometimes updates can take a good half hour, so make sure you have the time to spare! If you want to decide whether or not the upgrade to High Sierra is worth it, check out our Sierra vs High Sierra comparison review. The accompanying iOS 11 release - iOS Now the same capabilities are available for macOS. Read about how to turn on Messages on iCloud so that you can keep all your messages in sync across all your devices, save space on your iPhone, and keep all your messages and attachments backed up.
Security Update for macOS An issue where an application may be able to gain elevated privileges due to a memory corruption issue. An issue where processing a maliciously crafted text message may lead to UI spoofing.
This was related to the handling of spoofed URLs. The update includes support for external graphics processors eGPUs , but only the following AMD cards were supported at the time - Nvidia external graphics card support was not present.
Connect additional external monitors and displays. Use virtual reality headsets plugged into the eGPU. Mac users are also now seeing warnings when they open bit apps. The warning reads "[app name] is not optimized for your Mac. This app needs to be updated by its developer to improve compatibility". Apple has already warned developers that bit apps' days are numbered on the Mac.
The company has already said that High Sierra will be the last macOS to run bit apps without compromise, and that it plans to stop support for bit apps on the Mac although it's not clear when that deadline will be. More about what the App is not optimized for your Mac warning means here. Other new features in macOS A new Privacy message will appear when Apple is requesting personal information. It has an icon that looks like two people shaking hands.
Support for Business Chat in the US and Canada - this means you can carry out an iMessage conversation with a business. Support for external graphics processors see those listed above. A fix for a problem with graphics corruption on the iMac Pro. Ability to sort Safari bookmarks by name or URL. A fix for a bug that stops links appearing in Messages. Usernames and password fields will only be completed in Safari when selected to improve data security.
There will also be new warnings in Safari if you are interacting with forms that require credit card information on unencrypted web pages. Displays warnings in the Safari Smart Search Field when interacting with password or credit card forms on non-encrypted web pages.
Displays privacy icons and links to explain how your data will be used and protected when Apple features ask to use your personal information. Not present in the latest update, but thought to be coming soon: You can read more about the text bomb that was crashing iPhones and Macs here.
That vulnerability allowed someone to gain access to App Store settings in System Preferences. If they did so they could enable App Store settings that would automatically install app updates which could put your Mac at risk although the app update would have to go through the Mac App Store and be approved by Apple, and it would only work if the Mac was already logged in as an administrator. Find out more about the malicious link that is capable of crashing iOS and macOS if you click on it from the Messages app here.
Apple also says that the update "addresses an issue that could cause Messages conversations to be temporarily listed out of order. Installing mac OS If the update isn't installed on your Mac automatically, visit the App Store and click on Updates. Apple confirmed that Meltdown had already been addressed in macOS For more information about Meltdown and Spectre read: List of Mac viruses, malware and security flaws.
Apple said that this update improved the stability, compatibility and security of your Mac, and is recommended for all users. According to the company the update Improves compatibility with certain third-party USB audio devices Improves VoiceOver navigation when viewing PDF documents in Preview Improves compatibility of Braille displays with Mail The update also addressed the Meltdown and Spector vulnerabilities prior to them becoming widely known.
In January Apple confirmed that macOS The company issued a statment saying: Following the revelations about Intel's chips being affected by the Meltdown and Spectre flaws, Microsoft confirmed that its own update that protects PCs from the vulnerabilities could slow older PCs down.
Luckily it doesn't appear that macOS We ran Geekbench and Cinebench before and after installing the update on a iMac and saw slightly lower Geekbench - before, after, while Cinebench seemed to be better scoring We don't think there is any reason to be concerned about these slight differences in test results.
This Security Update addresses 22 security issues across the three versions of the operating system. Directory Utility and Screen Sharing Server had some work done to it to fix what was left of the root vulnerability.
The Kernel received the most attention with 8 issues addressed that could lead to an application reading restricted memory contents and execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges.
There have even been suggestions that High Sierra is Apple's worst release yet in terms of bugs and missing functionality on the basis that Apple has been forced to make quick updates due to issues with the software. You can download macOS High Sierra Allowing them to change the user password, change your settings for downloading applications, and more. Apple notes that if you recently updated from macOS High Sierra Apple offers this guide for those who wish to confirm that their Mac has Security Update Open the Terminal app, which is in the Utilities folder of your Applications folder.
If Security Update was installed successfully, you will see one of these project version numbers: That update became available to those on Apple's developer beta program Monday 23 October and the Public Beta program a day later. It also includes new emoji including t-rex, vampire, brain, zebra, giraffe hedgehog, a gender neutral face and more.
The inclusion of Halloween related emoji was a good indication that the update would arrive by 31 October. The update fixes the following: A vulnerability that could expose the passwords of encrypted Apple File System volumes.
A vulnerability that could allow a hacker to steal usernames and passwords of accounts stored in Keychain using a third-party app. A cursor bug in Adobe InDesign. An issue where Yahoo messages couldn't be deleted in Mail. High Sierra bugs and vulnerabilities There have been a number of vulnerabilities in High Sierra that Apple has needed to quickly fix.
Below you will find details and advice for how to remedy them. Password revealed in Terminal One High Sierra bug discovered at the end of March , can be exploited to reveal passwords. Luckily, if you have the most recent version of High Sierra installed your Mac is unaffected.
However, if you are running macOS The person who discovered the vulnerability wrote: All a malicious user would need to do is enter root as a User Name, allowing them to change settings in System Preferences. You would have to have already logged onto your Mac and left it unattended for the flaw to be implemented.
We have information on how to protect yourself from the issue here: Security issues in High Sierra A security researcher has already claimed that he has discovered a way to extract passwords from the keychain in High Sierra. Synack head of research Patrick Wardle has demonstrated code that is said to extract passwords from the Keychain without requiring a master password.
However, while concerning, this security vulnerability isn't limited to High Sierra.