Mac OS X

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macOS is the default operating system (OS) on Apple computers.

WSU encourages Mac users to exercise discretion when performing major operating system upgrades. Apple tends to hype up marketing for new upgrades, but oftentimes the initial releases of new macOS versions break essential campus systems such as campus printing, access to campus-licensed software, sometimes even access to campus wifi. Apple usually addresses these issues in subsequent point releases (minor updates), but upgrading early may cause issues.

Before upgrading, please consider what features in the upgrade will improve your daily use of the computer. In many cases these features only benefit specific groups of users. If you are one of these users, excellent! If not, it may benefit you to wait at least one or two point releases before upgrading. For example, instead of upgrading right to macOS 10.13, wait until they release macOS 10.13.1 or macOS 10.13.2.

To find what version of macOS is currently on your Mac, go to  > About This Mac at the top left of your screen.