MacOS Sierra 10.12.4 Update Released for Download
Apple has released the final version of macOS Sierra 10.12.4 to the public. The latest version of Mac OS can run on any computer which is compatible with Sierra.
MacOS 10.12.4 includes a variety of bug fixes, security enhancements, and a few minor features as well.
The most prominent new feature in MacOS 10.12.4 is Night Shift, which adjusts the display color hue to be warmer as the daylight hours change to evening and night, a feature which also exists in iOS. Most other changes in macOS 10.12.4 are minor bug fixes to apps like Preview, Mail, Siri, and Dictation.
Download & Install MacOS 10.12.4 Update
The easiest way to download and install the latest Mac OS release is through Software Update:
- Back up your Mac before beginning *
- Pull down the Apple menu and choose “App Store”
- Go to the “Updates” tab and choose to download and install “macOS Sierra 10.12.4” update
The update requires a reboot to complete installation of.
* Always back up a Mac before installing any system software update, using Time Machine is easy to setup for Mac backups and works well. Do not skip making a backup.
MacOS 10.12.4 Direct Download Links
Some users may also wish to install macOS Sierra 10.12.4 by using Combo Update on their Mac or the standard delta updater, these can be downloaded from the following links at Apple.com:
The Combo Update essentially allows users to skip an interim update (say, go directly from 10.12.1 to 10.12.4) whereas the Delta update requires installing from the immediately prior macOS release version.
MacOS Sierra 10.12.4 Release Notes
Release notes accompanying the macOS 10.12.4 update are as follows:
The macOS Sierra 10.12.4 Update improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac, and is recommended for all users.
Adds Night Shift for automatically shifting the colors in your display to the warmer end of the spectrum after dark.
Adds Siri support for cricket scores, schedules, and player rosters from the Indian Premier League and International Cricket Council.
Adds Dictation support for Shanghainese.
Improves right-to-left language support for the Touch Bar, toolbar, and visual tab picker in Safari.
Resolves several PDF rendering and annotation issues in Preview.
Improves the visibility of the subject line when using Conversation View in Mail.
Fixes an issue that may prevent content from appearing in Mail messages.
Adds support for more digital camera RAW formats.
Mac users running prior versions of Mac OS X will find a Security Update available for some versions, and all Mac users will also find several updates to other Mac apps including iWork, Pages, Numbers, available in the software update section of the App Store.
Separately, iOS 10.3 update is also available to download for iPhone and iPad users, as well as tvOS 10.2 and watchOS 3.2 for Apple Tv and Apple Watch respectively.