Originally posted on September 14, 2022 @ 12:52 pm
It is possible to upgrade so long as you have a Mac from a supported year.
Those on 10.6.8 can skip 10.10 altogether and jump on to 10.11 (free). Then, if you’re on 10.11, you can move up to 10.12 (free).
For this purpose, version 10.6.8 and later of macOS provide the “App Store” application. This program is used to get and set up version 10.11. Once 10.11 is up and running, you can update to 10.12 from the “App Store” once more (OS 10.12 requires OS 10.7 or later.)
Search online for “system requirements for OS 10.11” or “system requirements for OS 10.12” to see whether Macs are compatible with the newest versions of OS X.
On the other hand, OS 10.11 should only be available through the App Store app if your Mac is compatible with it. If your Mac is compatible, OS 10.12 will become available once OS 10.11 is installed.
After installing OS X 10.12, you may need to run Software Update (found in the Apple menu) to get the most recent update (as of March 27 it is OS 10.12.4).