So should you install it – Yes you should. And there will be some “getting used to it.” iTunes is gone, connected devices show in the Finder, (which is the best feature so far AFAIC). No more opening iTunes for synching or local backups. You do have a local backup of you mobile devices, don’t you? (Much faster than iCloud restores, if needed). So yes, make sure you have a recent and full Time Machine Backup to an external hard drive (you should have that already!). Connect your MacBook to power if needed and go to System Preferences under the Black Apple. Use the Software Update Preference Pane and initiate the update. Be prepared for it to take up to half an hour.
Why should you follow this upgrade path? Because, at some point you will have to. Contrary to popular opinion, Apple does not release software updates to make hardware obsolete or slow it down to force a new purchase. A significant reason to pay the extra up front cost of Apple devices is the enhanced security and privacy the platform provides. Apple doesn’t need to gather your information to sell to other vendors to make a profit. They’re getting it from you upfront and through ongoing services. That’s the Apple business model. Once you’ve bought in, you are best served going along with the program. Though not necessarily on the first jump. Apple has made some significant blunders.
Let tech guys like me and others make the jump first. But the threats to your personal data are real, and compromise, (or loss) of that information can be devastating. I still believe Apple is on the side of empowering people to do more with less, and that’s why I’m here.
What to expect
iTunes is replaced with Music, Podcasts and TV. I’ve gone through the process and everything seems to be in place. I really like that I don’t have to go into Tunes to manage iOS local backups any more. You don’t make local backups? I do. The biggest annoyance, and it can get to be an annoyance is the new Security parameters. You must explicitly give any Application permission to access folders with personal data. You only have to do it once, but there are times when it’s like… huh?
Not all Macs can upgrade
Be aware that this release [Catalina] does not run on all Macs that ran Snow Leopard [10.6.8]. Generally, if your Apple Computer was manufactured prior to 2012 the latest OS you can run is High Sierra, [10.13.6]. If your computer is running Mojave [10.14] it will take the Catalina update. Even if your computer will run the new OS, you should make sure your Applications will run. Catalina only supports 64 bit Apps. If you’ve been running Mojave your Mac has shown those “No Longer Supported” Application warnings.
So go for IT – Catalina is here.
If you have questions or run into problems, you know who to call.
There are two important considerations. Unless there is a feature of Catalina you are eager for – WAIT. I highly recommend keeping Apple devices updated (and upgraded). It’s part of what we are paying for in that “walled garden.” Apple is taking personal privacy and data ownership seriously. They don’t have the same Market Forces with regard to collecting or protecting your data. Updates are typically Security Patches. Catalina is more than an Update. It’s an upgrade, in my opinion. So I say WAIT!
But there are other major considerations. #1 is that Catalina will not run 32 bit Apps. If you’ve been an Adobe customer for any length of time, there’s a good chance you have many Adobe associated 32 bit Apps. The Installer does let you know which Apps will not run, so you can back out at that time and check with the developers for a compatibility update. Be prepared for some developers to take the opportunity to upgrade their products and charge for the same. You can use the System Information App to find the 32 bit Apps you might be using.
Here’s a good article with their reasons you might want to delay upgrading to Catalina. You will upgrade eventually, and it won’t be long until the 10.15.1 update is released. That’s usually a good time to jump for most people. I’m upgrading after posting this. I figure it’s part of my job to walk the cutting edge.
Catalina has been released and Apple wants to you install. There are good reasons to do so. It doesn’t have to be right away. New computer owners won’t have a choice. But everyone else should WAIT until the next release
As a strong proponent of self-sufficiency I highly recommend the Take Control series of publications. They are reasonably priced and focused enough that the detail provided is well worth the money. Exceptionally suited as you adopt any new tech. [Catalina anyone?] See if there is a Take Control Book for it [There is]. Good chance you’ll save yourself more than one headache.
I recently experienced the most intrusive attack of my web browser I’ve ever seen. IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED
I’m running the latest version of macOS with all the latest updates. I was on Facebook when this Tab opened. Once you hit Close: that window closes and a threatening message with a count down timer starts –
The short message is do not install any software under threat.
If you are using an Apple product the actual chance of anything like this being successful doesn’t exist. Your browser can be “hijacked” with lots of ads and general slowness and beachballs as long as you are connected to the internet, but you will not be “infected” with viruses or trojans.