MBA 2013: El Cap or Sierra?

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  1. Val-kyrie macrumors 68000

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    I have a 2012 Mac Mini and a 2013 MBA. I am currently running El Cap on my MBA but need to upgrade the OS on my Mini. I would like to keep them on the same version of macOS and will likely run it for the next year.

    I have found only one thread which indicated a loss of battery life for 2013 MBAs running Sierra, so I am wondering if anyone has any further input on performance and battery life for older MBAs running Sierra?

    Is it better for performance (obviously not security) to stick with El Cap or does Sierra offer comparable performance?
     
  2. Macdctr macrumors 6502

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    I’m running Sierra on my 2013 MBA with no issues so far. Been running it pretty much all day on a single charge before reconnecting it in the evening. Doesn’t seem to experience any battery performance issues so far...
     
  3. elf69 macrumors 68020

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    my MBA (2012) is fine on high Sierra.
    no issues.

    had no issues on Sierra either.
     
  4. madrich macrumors 6502

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    Keep reading in the forum for High Sierra, there have been some problems.
     
  5. Macdctr macrumors 6502

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    When I ran High Sierra I was constantly having to deal with my storage drive running out of storage space. Never found out why this was happening but every Mac I had running High Sierra was having the same issues and I was not too thrilled with Apple's new file system APFS so I went back to HFS+ and Sierra. No more issues and am happy running Sierra for the time being...
     
  6. Val-kyrie thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I am aware of many issues with High Sierra. I have older hardware, so I am looking for feedback on using Sierra (not High Sierra) with older hardware, such as the MBA. I would like to avoid upgrading to Sierra only to downgrade back to El Capitan.
     
  7. Macdctr macrumors 6502

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    You should not have any issues running Sierra on your 2012 MacBook Mini or 2013 MBA. I'm running Sierra on my 2013 MBA with no issues whatsoever.
     
  8. Audit13 macrumors 68030

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    I'm also running HS on a mid-2013 MBA and everything is fine.
     
  9. Val-kyrie thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Thank you for the feedback. I will update in the near future after I upgrade.

     
  10. Boyd01 macrumors 68040

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    I have been running Sierra on my 2013 11"/i7/8gb MBA for about a year with no problems. I kept this machine on Mountain Lion (which was the original operating system) until upgrading to Sierra, and subjectively would say that it feels a little faster on Sierra. My battery life has definitely dropped over the years, but I'd expect that with an almost five year old computer, regardless of operating system. :)
     

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