El Capitan or Sierra?

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  1. samcraig macrumors P6

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    My new MBA arrived today - 128gb/8gb memory. As I'm at work, I don't know what MacOS is on it - but given it's a 2015 machine, I'm going to guess El Capitan.

    I have Sierra on my new 2015 iMac - but wondered for those using the MBA whether I should keep it on El Capitan for now/awhile or just upgrade before I start installing my software.
     
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    I am running Sierra on my 2014 MBA (4GB) and it is all good. I think that Sierra is more stable then El Captain.
     
  4. colorfuel macrumors member

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    There is no reason to be running ElCap instead of Sierra on any Macbook that is compatible and has 4+ Gb of RAM.
     
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    I'm running Sierra on my MBA, but am considering a 2016 MBP for the more demanding work I will be doing.
     
  6. andreyush macrumors 6502

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    Mid 2012 MBA with Sierra runs great !
     
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    Running Sierra on My 2015 8GB RAM MBA...I had El Capitan out of the box and immediately upgraded.
     
  8. samcraig thread starter macrumors P6

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    Thanks all - surprisingly enough - it shipped with Sierra, so no choice ;) But everything is running smoothly...
     
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  10. zusing macrumors newbie

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    sorry to say but you will probably regret it. Writing this post cost 6% of battery life on Sierra. Did not have this problem on El Cap.
     
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    too right - running Sierra here on rMBP 2012 with a new battery; only has battery life when idle
    considering saving all my prefs. & starting with a fresh install of El Cap? thinking 10.11.6 is more optimised vs 10.12.3
    guess I'll keep waiting this last little stretch until 10.12.4 is released...

    had a 2015 MBA with 8Gb and that ran the whole day or more :O enjoy that beast! occasionally 40+hrs with sleeping occasionally haha the power of 15W CPU's & no dGPU, just plug in appropriate Thunderbolt 2 EGPU & you are set :p EDIT: also had a 2012 MBA, 2015 is more efficient ^^
     
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    there are plenty of reasons. just because there is none for you, doesn't mean there is no reason for others...
     
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    Here it is : OP has found the answer back on December 7th 2016.
    No point continuing this thread arguing the merits of El Capitan by April 2017, or is there ? ;)
     
  15. chrfr macrumors 603

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    Maybe. El Capitan didn't receive security updates that correspond to what was fixed in 10.12.3 and as a result does have security exposures. We'll have to see if this changes when 10.12.4 ships.
     
  16. derohan macrumors member

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    Just switched to 10.11.6 - apart from 'Security Update 2016-003' which 10.12+ didn't get (unless packaged in 10.12.2/3...
     
  17. chrfr macrumors 603

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    Security update 2016-003 corresponds with 10.12.2.
    https://support.apple.com/kb/HT207423
     
  18. derohan macrumors member

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    Was out most of yesterday but got back home & to my amazement this popped up ;)
    Seems legit - https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207615
    then again, should have waited 24-36 hours longer for 10.12.4 ^^ thought I'd learned patience...
    --- Post Merged, Mar 28, 2017 ---
    Thanks ;)

    OSX Sierra only having been tested/developed on machines newer than 2012/3 it seems - regardless of 4 or 8GbRAMs it lags = less tested. Wonder how long the 2015 model will last with this new business model they seem to have :O

    Makes sense though as Tim heading the ship regards the 2012 air,pro/retina,Mini,iMac etc all obsolete & antiquated :'( Sad thing is the 2012 mini is the last one with a quad core, and all the 2012 machines I had (even soldered RAM) were 8Gb!

    Soon all the 2013 models will stop being catered to testing-wise
     

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  19. chrfr macrumors 603

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    Note, however, that the vast majority of security fixes still only apply to 10.12.x. Apple is leaving a lot of things unpatched in 10.10.5 and 10.11.6.
     
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    That's incorrect. Sierra is tested on all models it works with, which goes back several years of supported models.
     
  22. yoimrae macrumors newbie

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    MBA 2013 13" 4GB RAM. installed Sierra once and downgraded back to OS X 10.11.6 and never looked back. I think I'll wait for macOS 10.13. El Capitan for me is more stable and faster than Sierra. but It's for me.
     
  23. derohan macrumors member

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    I can't imagine they tested it thoroughly though with all the UI lag here ^^
    wonder if we can solder new RAM chips haha..
     
  24. yoimrae macrumors newbie

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    If we can upgrade then it is great, but it is Apple's strategy for us to buy a more expensive Mac. For me Sierra is stuttering on Macs with 4GB RAM or below. I think it is optimised and designed for Macs with 8GB RAM.
     
  25. alexgifei macrumors newbie

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    I downgraded to El Capitan because of worse battery life and because I could not purge some space on the disk.
     

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