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macOS Sierra release time – when can I get Apple's new software for my Mac or MacBook?

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When Apple revealed the iPhone 7, it also quietly announced the release date for its next desktop operating system, macOS Sierra. What's the release time in the UK and US? Here's what you need to know about getting in for your Mac or MacBook as soon as possible.

Macs sadly didn't make a major appearance at the iPhone 7 launch – all eyes are now on October for a new MacBook Pro reveal – but Apple did let us know when the new software is coming to MacBooks and Macs.

The release date for macOS Sierra is September 20, which just so happens to be today. And it's sooner than you might think.

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That means the only outstanding question is when Apple's likely to let its latest OS out into the wild, and based on previous experience and this year's iOS 10 release, we think we've got a pretty good idea.

Apple normally releases its new software mid-morning West Coast US time, so using 10:00am PDT as a benchmark, that means it'll hit the East Coast at 1:00pm and come to the UK from 6:00pm BST.

Here's how to download macOS Sierra today.

First though, you'll need to make sure your hardware can keep up with the new software's demands – here's what you need to know about macOS Sierra system requirements.

Just be sure to back up your computer before upgrading, as there's a whole lot of everything that can go wrong. You've been warned.

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When do you think macOS Sierra will land in the UK? Let us know in the comments below.

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