Best OS for 2012 Air

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by inscrewtable, Dec 14, 2016.

  1. inscrewtable macrumors 68000

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    I set up a friend a few years ago with a 2012 MacBook Air with Mavericks. It's time to give it a bit of a refresh and clean out and I thought I'd check here to see if it's OK to install Sierra. I know it can take Sierra but I just want some reassurance that it's not going to bog down the Mac.

    thx
     
  2. gertruded macrumors regular

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    I just downloaded and installed the latest update to Sierra, 10.12.2 on my standard configuration 2012 Air.

    Works great. Typing this post on it.
     
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  5. Boyd01 macrumors 68040

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    You may have missed my point… I was referencing the story in the link above that (apparently) Apple removed the option to display battery run time remaining in the menu bar. This was their way to "fix" the complaints of short run time on the new MBP. :p

    I am still running 10.8.5 on my 2013 MBA for compatibility with a lot of expensive legacy software. Has always worked fine for me. Am planning to upgrade to Sierra in the next month or two however and see just how many of my old programs break. I recently setup a 2012 quad i7 Mini Server on 10.8.5 that also runs my old software, so if it breaks under Sierra on the MBA it won't be too much of a problem.
     
  6. inscrewtable thread starter macrumors 68000

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    @gertruded, Okie dokie thanks for that. Just made a boot disk and I'll trundle off and do the deed.
     
  7. asoksevil macrumors 6502

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    I would definitely recommend Mavericks for anything pre 2012. 2012 onward, El Capitan should be good.
     
  8. flowrider macrumors 601

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    +1 here!

    Lou
     
  9. Left4DeadBoy macrumors regular

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    hi You dont run double oses on a Mac Air . Its Mac proprietary .
     
  10. flowrider macrumors 601

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  11. Boyd01 macrumors 68040

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    That is the question about everything he posts. With no offense intended, I wonder if he is a bot?
     
  12. cincygolfgrrl macrumors 6502

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    I've installed every new OS within a week or two of release on a 2011 MBA since it was new. I've had no difficulties with any of them, up to and including 10.12.2. The battery run-time removal was because it was inaccurate and therefore pretty meaningless.

    If battery status is really important to you I'd suggest getting FruitJuice.app which displays time remaining more accurately, especially toward the end of the charge.
     

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