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Bob Tallitsch
I would like some advice concerning two questions:

  • Typically, how long does Apple supply updates/security fixes etc. for an operating system? I am currently using Mac OS 10.12.6 and I’m not sure I want to upgrade to High Sierra but, with all of the goofy stuff with hackers etc. I don’t want to be on the internet with an OS that is not be upgraded by security fixes etc.
  • Any idea as to when Apple will be coming out with the next generation MacPro? My MacPro is a “late 2013 era” computer, which means it is getting near the extinction point and, if I can put off having to upgrade numerous pieces of software to be compatible with High Sierra I will be, in a way, $$ ahead.

Any help/solid opinions would be appreciated.

Bob



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Re: Two-pronged question

Dave Scocca
On Tue, Sep 26, 2017, at 12:55 PM, Bob Tallitsch wrote:

> Typically, how long does Apple supply updates/security fixes etc. for an
> operating system? I am currently using Mac OS 10.12.6 and I’m not sure I
> want to upgrade to High Sierra but, with all of the goofy stuff with
> hackers etc. I don’t want to be on the internet with an OS that is not be
> upgraded by security fixes etc.

My general observation is that Apple has been good about providing
regular security fixes for the major operating system version
immediately prior to the current one.  So 10.12 (Sierra) will likely
keep getting security fixes until the point where 10.13 (High Sierra) is
no longer current.  That would likely be a year from now, when 10.14 is
released.

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Re: Two-pronged question

Paul Schinder
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> On Sep 26, 2017, at 12:55 PM, Bob Tallitsch <[hidden email]> wrote:
>
> I would like some advice concerning two questions:
>
> • Typically, how long does Apple supply updates/security fixes etc. for an operating system? I am currently using Mac OS 10.12.6 and I’m not sure I want to upgrade to High Sierra but, with all of the goofy stuff with hackers etc. I don’t want to be on the internet with an OS that is not be upgraded by security fixes etc.

Generally, the current version plus the two previous versions.  10.13 (High Sierra) just came out, so now they’ll support 10.11, 10.12, and 10.13.   Some software companies (Garmin, for example) officially support what Apple supports, but I personally run a lot of old software that still works fine on High Sierra, which I installed yesterday on my MacBook Pro.  Best not to worry about it.


> • Any idea as to when Apple will be coming out with the next generation MacPro? My MacPro is a “late 2013 era” computer, which means it is getting near the extinction point and, if I can put off having to upgrade numerous pieces of software to be compatible with High Sierra I will be, in a way, $$ ahead.

2018, but I don’t know if they’ve narrowed it down yet.  The iMac Pro comes out this year.

>
> Any help/solid opinions would be appreciated.
>
> Bob
>
>
>
> Robert B. Tallitsch, Ph. D.  l  Professor of Biology  l  Augustana College
> 639 38th Street  l  Rock Island, IL 61201  l  (309) 794-3441
> web page: http:www.augustana.edu/users/bitallitsch



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Re: Two-pronged question

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On Sep 26, 2017, at 11:20, Paul Schinder <[hidden email]> wrote:
> On Sep 26, 2017, at 12:55 PM, Bob Tallitsch <[hidden email]> wrote:
>>    • Any idea as to when Apple will be coming out with the next generation MacPro?
>
> 2018, but I don’t know if they’ve narrowed it down yet.  The iMac Pro comes out this year.

Technically Apple said the Mac Pro was “not this year”, which is not the same thing as saying next year. I’d guess June next year we will either see a new Mac Pro at WWDC or get a release date but if it’s not until 2019 or 2020 that would fits in with what Apple said.

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