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MacOS High Sierra (10.13)

High Sierra, Apple's newest operating system, was released on September 25th. High Sierra brings a number of new features to Mac OS, most notably, the inclusion of Apple’s new file system APFS (Apple File System). This is the first file system change to a Mac OS in almost 20 years; Apple’s current system, HFS+, was introduced in 1998 with Mac OS 8.1. With the new file system comes a variety of improvements to file storage, speed, and security. High Sierra also features several improvements to Finder, Mail, Safari, and Photos. Other features include new video standards, improved graphics processing, support for external GPUs, support for Virtual Reality, and numerous other improvements and additions to Apple apps.

While the Help Desk has been testing the beta version, we do still have more testing to do before we make it available for University managed Macs. Once we have completed testing, and ensured that the new OS is compatible with University of Richmond standard software, we will release the upgrade to University managed Macs through the Self Service interface. 

For faculty and staff personally owned Macs, and student computers, we do not recommend upgrading to High Sierra. It has been our experience that initial releases of a new OS require fixes or updates that are normally addressed within the first 30 to 60 days of the release. However, if you decide to upgrade, please ensure that you have a backup that you can restore to your computer if the upgrade fails. In addition, you should allow at least 45-60 minutes for the upgrade to complete, and do not restart the computer while the upgrade is installing, even if it appears to be frozen. 

Update 10/12/17:

The release of High Sierra on UR Macs will be delayed until several unresolved issues are addressed in a future update to High Sierra. These bugs in High Sierra mainly concern Macs with Active Directory accounts, which affect all University Macs. 

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