macOS 10.16 Monterey launched on October 25, 2021. Should I install yet?

The general rule is to give a new release at least a month before using. This gives some time to fix any possible bugs.

More importantly, why do you need to upgrade (unless you are running Mojave or earlier)

Be careful, make a full time-machine backup and make sure your computer is compatible, has enough free disk space and is NOT running a conventional () …as an update such as this will likely kill the HDD.

Where to find information about the model, macOS and technical specification of a Mac

Check compatibility

is compatible with the following computers. If your isn't compatible, you may be able to install an old version of macOS instead.

introduced in 2016 or later
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introduced in late 2015 or later
introduced in 2017 or later
or later
View the complete list of compatible computers.

If you're upgrading from or later, your Mac will need 26GB of available storage to upgrade. If you're upgrading from an earlier release, your Mac will need up to 44GB of available storage.

macOS Monterey

If you're using or later, you can get via Software Update: Choose Apple menu > , then click Software Update.

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Or use this link to open the macOS Monterey page on the App Store: Get macOS Monterey. Then click the Get button or download icon.

If you DO NOT want to upgrade to Monterey but only wish to update the current macOS …click on “More Info” instead of “Upgrade Now”