- Oct 2, 2012
Anyone installed the latest High Sierra betas on the 2012 retina MacBook Pro? How does it compared to Sierra 10.12.6?
no further windowserver crashes since latest beta for me.I am still facing random WindowServer crashes, GPU crashes up to complete system crashes with the GeForce GT650m 1GB on a mid 2012 MPBr
17A330h is quite an old beta. It came out a month ago, and is beta 5.I have 10.13 Beta (17A330h) installed on an Early 2013 15" MacBook Pro with Retina Display, 16GB, 512SSD, GeForce GT650M 1GB and Intel HD Graphics 4000 and APFS File System. I honestly can't really compare it to Sierra, as the MacBook was not in service for a good while, and essentially had no use when Sierra was the mainstream version of OS X. I will say that it is not as stable as it was previously, mainly with El Capitan, and that is primarily with VMware Fusion Professional 8.5.8. I have not had a chance to really evaluate battery life, but one thing I did notice pretty soon off the bat was that the GPU performance has improved or has been tuned to appear to have improved. One of the most common complaints regarding the early MacBook Pros with Retina Display was the jerkiness of on screen animation (dock animation, web page scrolling, etc.) but I can honestly say in that regard High Sierra is noticeably improved the experience when it comes to a smooth interface. It's as if Apple has really spent some time on some of these older machines to make them very usable once again. I am not sure if it is a driver improvement initiative or perhaps capping the GPU FPS so it will not reach a point where it does struggle with redrawing animations, etc. I will be installing the current version in just a moment as it has downloaded in the background...
Not to run this in the ground, but I will repeat the same thing that High Sierra and other's have posted before installed. Make sure you have a fresh, current Time Machine backup of your computer before you install! High Sierra is not as stable Sierra from any of my usage, but I do use it for day-to-day computing and get by fine. I do experience an application crash from time to time, but don't recall seeing an OS X crash. Always have a good Time Machine backup before installing.
Also, if you ever use Telnet (I don't know many Net Admins that don't for troubleshooting SMTP, HTTP, among many others) copy it out /usr/bin and place it somewhere safe. After the upgrade, place it back to /usr/bin. Otherwise, the High Sierra installer removes it from your system.
17A330h is quite an old beta. It came out a month ago, and is beta 5.
The current beta is beta 9, which IMO is very good, even with my hacked install on a 2009 13" MacBook Pro. I can't comment on the 2012 models though, and I'm using HFS+, not APFS.
Was having frequent crashes as well until beta 7. Wouldn't say the current beta is ready for a final release, but definitely usable now.
iOS is likely on its last beta with GM coming next Tuesday, but don't rule out one more beta or multiple GM releases for MacOS.It's the final beta. The GM will be along shortly so stay tuned.