How to… get ready for Apple updates…coming soon! #iOS11 #macOSHighSierra

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There has been a lot of anticipation for the new system updates for iOS and macOS…

The press and the social media rumour mill have been on overload ahead of the Apple special event on September 12 (10am PDT).

Update on your Mac (iMac & MacBook)

There are many updates and new features coming in the latest operating system on your Mac but the “under the hood” major change is around the file system. I previously discussed this on a previous post here.

Apple File System. Your data is under new management.

Your documents. Your photos. Your mail. Your apps. To your Mac, everything you care about is data. And a file system is what organizes all that data into files and folders you can access with a click. Our current file system was designed in the early days of Mac, and it has performed beautifully ever since. But today’s flash-based Mac opens up new possibilities for innovation, so it’s time to lay a new foundation. With macOS High Sierra, we’re introducing the Apple File System to Mac, with an advanced architecture that brings a new level of security and responsiveness.

Read more at Apple’s own preview webpage: macOS HighSierra

Update on your iOS devices (iPhone & iPad)

A giant step for iPhone. A monumental leap for iPad.

iOS 11 sets a new standard for what is already the world’s most advanced mobile operating system. It makes iPhone better than before. It makes iPad more capable than ever. And now it opens up both to amazing possibilities for augmented reality in games and apps. With iOS 11, iPhone and iPad are the most powerful, personal and intelligent devices they’ve ever been.

Will your device work with iOS 11? See the list below for compatibility.


  1. iPhone 7 Plus
  2. iPhone 7
  3. iPhone 6s
  4. iPhone 6s Plus
  5. iPhone 6
  6. iPhone 6 Plus
  7. iPhone SE
  8. iPhone 5s


  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro (first-generation)
  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro (second-generation)
  • 9.7-inch iPad Pro
  • 10.5-inch iPad Pro
  • iPad (fifth-generation)
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Air
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad mini 3
  • iPad mini 2

iPod touch

Read more at Apple’s own preview webpage: iOS11

How to… get ready for Apple updates?

Update on your Mac (iMac & MacBook)

  1. Back up your Mac with Time Machine or your preferred utility (see the Apple support page for how to set this up here).
  2. Open App Store on your Mac & click on the High Sierra download (if you have multiple Macs to update you may wish to save the installer on a separate disk for re-use).
  3. Double click the installer and follow the on screen instructions.


Update on your iOS devices (iPhone & iPad)

This depends on where you currently back up your iOS device. New iPhones and iPads may default to backing up to iCloud, while others, who also have a Mac, sometimes prefer to connect to iTunes.

iCloud back up. You can check this by going in to Settings>Apple ID (top of the page)>iCloud>iCloud Backup.

  1. The image below shows when the last back up was successfully done. Simply press “Back Up Now” and wait for the operation to complete.
  2. Then go to Settings>General>Software Update.
  3. Follow the on screen instructions.

iTunes back up. You need to connect your iOS device with a Lightning/USB cable to your Mac for a software update.

  1. Connect your iOS device to your Mac.
  2. Launch iTunes and select your device icon from the left side bar or icon in the top left of the app.
  3. Select “Back Up Now” on the Backups panel. (I would recommend that you back up to “This computer” as an added precaution).
  4. Select “Check for Update” in the top panel.
  5. Follow the on screen instructions to update your iOS device.

(see the Apple support page for how to back up your device here)

Have fun!