my macbook has snow leopard 10.6.3 whats the next version i can get and how can i update to the newest version

  • Asked about:  Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard

1 Answer from the Community

  • First, update to OS 10.6.8. Simply go to "Apple Menu" --> "Software Update". (Once updated open "Apple Menu" --> "About This Mac" to ensure you are at OS 10.6.8. Otherwise do "Software Update" again.)

    Once you are running OS 10.6.8 you will have the "App Store" app on your Mac. Launch "App Store" app.

    If your Mac is supported by OS 10.11, you should be able to download and upgrade through the "App Store" app.

    Once OS 10.11 is running, then check the "App Store" app again to see if OS 10.12 (Sierra), the newest OS X, shows up . . . then download and install Sierra.

    (Note 1: Sierra requires OS 10.7 (Lion) or later in order to install. Thus you need to upgrade to one of the OS X versions (OS 10.7 thru OS 10.11) first, before upgrading to Sierra.)

    (Note 2: Check your Model Identifier. ("Apple Menu" --> "About This Mac" --> "More Info" -->"System Report". Under "Hardware Overview" is the Model Identifier.)
    If it is MacBook1,1 the max OS X it can run is OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard).
    If it is MacBook2,1 MacBook3,1 MacBook4,1 MacBook4,2 the max OS X it can run is OS 10.7 (Lion)
    If it is MacBook5,1 MacBook5,2 the max OS X it can run is OS 10.11 (El Capitan)
    If it is MacBook6,1 MacBook7,1 the max OS X it can run is OS 10.12 (Sierra)