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macOS Sierra (v. 10.12) at Boston College

Apple released macOS Sierra (v. 10.12) commercially on September 20, 2016. Learn more from Apple.


How can I upgrade my computer to Sierra (v. 10.12)?

Before you upgrade, make sure your computer and all your other software is compatible with this version.

Faculty & staff

There are still some applications used on campus that are not compatible with Sierra (v. 10.12). Please check with your TC before upgrading. For more details, visit the macOS Application Support Grid (sign-in to BC Wiki required).

  • For BC-owned computers that were distributed through the BCCR program, upgrade licenses are available. If you're interested in upgrading to Sierra (v. 10.12), please contact your TC for details.
  • For all other BC-owned computers, email to request an upgrade.

We recommend that you contact your TC for assistance with upgrading to Sierra (v. 10.12).

Students & personally-owned computers

We recommend you get assistance with upgrading to Sierra (v. 10.12). Students can bring their computer to the Walk-In Help Desk in O'Neill 316.


How do I get help with Sierra (v. 10.12)?

If you have questions or issues with Sierra (v. 10.12), contact the Help Center (617-552-4357 or for assistance.




Tip: You should always backup your computer before you upgrade to a new operating system.