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Can my Mac run macOS Sierra?

14 Jun, 2016

Did your Mac make the cut to run Apple's latest desktop OS?

At today's WWDC Keynote, Apple announced the next release for the Mac's operating system – version 10.12 "Sierra", as well a new name: macOS.

And for the first time since Mountain Lion in 2012, Apple has dropped support for some older hardware.

To run macOS Sierra, you'll need:

Late 2009 or later:

  • MacBook
  • iMac

2010 or later:

  • MacBook Air
  • MacBook Pro
  • Mac Mini
  • Mac Pro

If you're still running one of the dropped Macs (like my trusty Late 2008 MacBook Pro), it might be time to consider an upgrade. Or, keep track of which of your most important apps keep working with your current version of macOS with the RoaringApps compatibility table.

iOS wallpaper: Pluto in enhanced colour

25 Sep, 2015

NASA have just released a stunning high-resolution image of Pluto taken by its New Horizons spacecraft, and it makes for a beautiful wallpaper.

Pluto wallpaper on iPhone 6S

I thought the image was so good, I wanted to share it, so I've created files in suitable sizes to make it easy to add the wallpaper to your home or lock screen. There are static and parallax versions available for iPhones 5, 6 and 6 Plus, as well as non-retina and retina iPads.

The image of Pluto, which in full resolution measures 8000 x 8000, also makes for a fairly stunning OS X wallpaper:

Pluto on iMac

Image credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI

Introducing the new RoaringApps

18 Aug, 2015

A new OS X and an updated RoaringApps

RoaringApps version 3 home page

With a new version of Mac OS X just around the corner, I decided to update RoaringApps in more ways than one. Rather than just tacking El Capitan on top of the existing site, RoaringApps has been rewritten from scratch on a new framework to improve performance and make it easier for me to keep up to date and release new features into the future.

While on the face of it not much has changed, underneath is a far more organised and clean code base that will mean I can more quickly integrate new versions of operating systems when they're released, as well as develop new features. I've also taken the opportunity to expand the site to include supporting application compatibility for Windows. My personal experience with Windows is limited, but I imagine they have the same issues with app compatibility when

New: RoaringApps now supports Windows

18 Aug, 2015

Windows logo

Application compatibility for Windows

With the new version of RoaringApps I've expanded the supported operating systems, with the ability to now record app compatibility for versions of Microsoft Windows back to Vista.

No matter the operating system, new versions can always break existing applications and cause all sorts of compatibility issues, so I'm sure that users of Windows can get just as much out of RoaringApps as OS X and iOS users.

Head on over to the compatibility table to start contributing application compatibility information for Windows.

New: email notifications

18 Aug, 2015

Subscribe for updates every time an app is updated

I'm pleased to announce a brand new feature available now on RoaringApps – email notifications.

Sometimes there's an application that you just can't live without. And sometimes there are applications that are a little slow to be updated to support new versions of the operating system. When that's the same application, often you're left with no option but to hold off updating your computer until you know the application will work.

What if you could be notified as soon as that happens? Well with the new RoaringApps email notifications, now you can! And it couldn't get much easier. Here's how.

1. If you haven't already, sign up for a RoaringApps account.

This way we have your email address. You know, to send you the emails.

RoaringApps register modal

2. Browse for the applications you'd like to follow.

Use the search feature on the home page

Can my Mac run OS X El Capitan?

09 Jun, 2015

Is your Mac ready to install OS X El Capitan?

At WWDC 2015, Apple announced the next major release for Mac OS X — v10.11 “El Capitan”. The good news is that they've kept the supported hardware for system requirements the same as for v10.10. So if your Mac can run OS X Yosemite, it can run OS X El Capitan.

So whether it's the developer beta available from today, the public beta to be released in July, or the final version that you'll be installing, the devices listed below will be able to run OS X El Capitan.

Mid-2007 or newer

Late 2008 aluminium, or early 2009 or newer

MacBook Pro
Mid-/late 2007 or newer

MacBook Air
Late 2008 or newer

Mac mini
Early 2009 or newer

Mac Pro
Early 2008 or newer

Early 2009

Source: Apple, Ars Technica

RoaringApps crowd-sources real-time application compatibility information for macOS, iOS and Windows.

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