macOS Sierra release date update: Apple releases second GM less than a week before OS debuts


Alongside its slew of new products, Apple is also gearing up for a major operating system overhaul with the release of macOS Sierra in a couple of days. However, in an unusual fashion, the tech giant has rolled out a brand-new golden master (GM) for the forthcoming software to developers.

The news, courtesy of Apple Insider, reveals that just this Thursday, Apple dispatched the new GM 16A323 iteration. This follows the release for the first’s 16A320 designation which was released a little over a week ago alongside GMs for iOS 10, watchOS 3 and tvOS 10. While the last three now available to the market, it appears that the one for Sierra had undergone final tweaking hence the release of the second GM.

Usually, companies only have one GM which has the final finished product. However, it is also not impossible that giants like Apple will need to do additional sweeping to make sure that what they put out is bug-free. What’s interesting to know is what kind of problem was encountered by the Cupertino-based conglomerate in the first GM for the macOS Sierra. Furthermore, there is also the question of whether they are able to patch things up before they release the second version of it.

Nevertheless, the release of the 13th major version of the macOS is already set for next week, Sept. 20, according to Apple’s official website. One of the most-awaited features of the macOS Sierra is Siri’s introduction to Macs coming from the company’s mobile devices. On top of that, there will also be new capabilities especially for desktop use which aims to make users’ lives easier with the help of their Macs

The free update will be available via the Mac App store once it becomes live. Unfortunately, it is important to note that not all Macs will be compatible with the new OS. Apple users are strongly advised to check the list of laptops that will be able to carry the software. There are also details that serve as a how-to guide for users who are upgrading their Macs on their own.