Best OS for Macbook pro mid 2012 (non Retina)

Best OS for Macbook pro mid 2012 (non Retina)


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Yurish

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May 4, 2018
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I have Macbook pro mid 2012 HiRes display (non Retina) with SSD drive installed. Currently it has MacOS Sierra and it works pretty well. But I wonder if High Sierra at the end became as good or even better than Sierra? Or mabe I should try even Mojave?
I assume newer OS might convert my file system to APFS, so it might be a headache to downgrade back to Sierra, that;s why I decided to ask comunity. For me main priority is stable system without headaches. Not very interested in a new functionality, but would be nice to have not too old OS to be able to install newer software (like XCode).
Thanks for advice.
 

Yurish

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May 4, 2018
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I have Mojave installed and haven't experienced a problem
If you have non Retina I assume you used a fix to enable font anti-aliasing? No difference in font rendering compared to older OS?
 

AlexJoda

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Apr 8, 2015
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There is line you can run in terminal to fix this.
That line:

defaults write -g CGFontRenderingFontSmoothingDisabled -bool NO

Some prefer additionally to “Use font smoothing when available” in the „General“ preference panel but that makes the fonts appear very thick...

[doublepost=1539037130][/doublepost]Mojave works so far (with this ant-aliasing fix) without a problem! I installed a quick SSD (formatted as APFS) and 16 GB of RAM to support this modern OS the best possible way. My 2012 MBP feels like a completely recent Mac. The only „trick“ to know is to use a USB2 stick to install BootCamp. USB3 is not recognized while installing W10 from this MacBook...(By the way: Windows 10 looks even better with this MBP because the font rendering on non Retina Displays is much better on Windows than on MacOS...)
 
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Yurish

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Thank you all for reply.
Installed High Sierra yesterday. Seems no problem.
I have two partitions on SSD drive, it converted to APFS only one, system partition. Not sure if I should convert other partition as well.
For now use it as is. May try Mojave after couple iterations.
 
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