Prologue: Getting Started with the Mac

This book explains how your Mac and the latest edition of the macOS operating system, Sierra, are used to create your ideal working environment. If you’ve never worked with a Mac before, macOS is the name applied to Apple’s desktop operating system—like “Windows” on a PC. iPhones and iPads run iOS, and Macintosh computers run macOS. Prior to 2016, macOS was known as OS X—and you’ll likely still see remnants of this name in various nooks and crannies of the system.

Before you can begin climbing the Sierras, let’s start by reviewing the hardware capabilities of your system and the prerequisites necessary to use this book.

Getting to Know the Mac Hardware

Each model of Mac includes a wide array of ports and ...

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