At this year’s WWDC 2017 conference, Apple announced macOS 10.13 High Sierra to the world. This latest version of the operating system that runs on Macs and MacBooks comes with a number of great new features.
The final release of macOS 10.13 High Sierra will be available Autumn 2017. However, if you can’t wait that long, there are ways to get macOS 10.13 High Sierra early.
This does involve downloading and installing the early Developer Preview (and later Public Beta) versions of macOS 10.13 High Sierra, which won’t include all of the features of the final release – but will possibly come with bugs and errors while the software is being finalised.
If you don’t want your Mac or Macbook crashing at random times while you’re working, we’d strongly recommend waiting until the final stable release of macOS 10.13 High Sierra later this year.
At this early stage you will need to enrol in the Apple Developer Program, which requires a payment of $100 (about £69, AU$140). This will allow you to download and install the macOS 10.13 High Sierra Developer Preview.
If you can wait a little longer, the macOS 10.13 public beta will become available to all Mac and MacBook owners later in June – and that will be free.
Back up your Mac before installing macOS 10.13 High Sierra Developer Preview
Whenever you upgrade your operating system – and especially when you’re trying out a beta version – we highly recommend backing up the files on your Mac, so if anything goes wrong you can quickly restore your machine to its previous working order.
So before you download and install macOS 10.13 High Sierra, make sure your Mac is backed up. For information on how to do this, head over to our ultimate guide to backing up your Mac.
How to enroll in the Apple Developer Program
If you really want to try out the macOS 10.13 High Sierra Developer Preview, and you’re not currently enrolled in Apple’s Developer Program, then go to the Apple Developer Program enrollment webpage, which will show you everything you need to sign up.
You'll need an Apple ID, and provide your basic personal information. Click the 'Start Your Enrollment' to begin and then follow the instructions. Remember, you'll need to pay $100 (about £69, AU$140) to enroll.
How to download macOS 10.13 High Sierra Developer Preview
Once signed up for the Apple Developer Program, you can download the developer preview of the macOS High Sierra. Go to the Apple Developer Download Center website and follow the instructions to download and install macOS Sierra beta onto your Mac.