Download macOS Sierra now for ultimate Mac upgrade

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Apple today released its big macOS 10.12 Sierra update, bringing Apple Pay for the web, Siri integration, an improved Messages app, and lots more. All compatible machines can now download the release from the Mac App Store.

macOS Sierra has been in beta testing since it got its first unveiling at WWDC back in June. It’s one of the biggest upgrades to Apple’s desktop operating system that we’ve seen in years, but just like its predecessors, it’s totally free to download.

Sierra brings a whole host of new features and improvements. In addition to those mentioned above, users can enjoy automatic unlocking via Apple Watch, better file syncing with iCloud, a universal clipboard, Picture in Picture for video, and Apple’s new APFS file system.

Here’s a look at what’s new:

Sierra requires at least a 2009 iMac, 2009 MacBook Pro, 2010 MacBook Air, 2010 MacBook Pro, 2010 Mac mini, or a 2010 Mac Pro. You can download it now from the Mac App Store — and be sure to check out all of our how-tos that go with it.