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5 Things to Know About the macOS 10.15.2 Update

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Apple is working on the macOS 10.15.2 update that should fix some fo the macOS Catalina problems and issues as well as potentially adding in new features. This is what you need to know about the next major update to Apple’s mac software.

This is likely connected to the iOS 13.3 update that Apple shared with developers earlier this week and it comes on the tail of macOS 10.15.1 that brought new emojis, Siri privacy settings, and fixes.

We don’t have an official macOS 10.15.2 release date yet, but there is a developer beta and that could lead to a public beta in the near future. We expect that this will arrive soon. This guide walks through what you need to know about the new update for your Mac.

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We’ll explore what’s new in macOS 10.15.2, what to expect from the release date and time, beta information and if this is the update that makes it worth upgrading to macOS Catalina.

macOS 10.15.2 Beta

What you need to know about the macOS 10.15.2 update.

What you need to know about the macOS 10.15.2 update.

The first macOS 10.15.2 beta is available to developers right now, allowing them to test out bug fixes and changes to the macOS Catalina release. We could see a public beta, but keep in mind Apple did not offer a public beta of macOS 10.15.1, so it’s not a given. You can install the developer beta, but it’s not something that is recommended on production machines or on your only mac.

The macOS 10.15.2 beta runs on all Macs that support macOS Catalina and it should fix some of the issues that users have run into over the last month. Hopefully, it also improves the experience of older Macs and with third-party software.

You may be tempted to install the macOS Catalina beta to get ahead of macOS Catalina problems, the beta could bring more issues, especially in the first release. If you see the 10.15.2 beta listed as an update you can install, you can skip it if you don’t want to try it out or leave the beta program altogether.

macOS 10.15.2 Release Date

Apple has yet to announce or confirm a macOS 10.15.2 release date, but there is a very good chance that it arrives this month or in early December. While Apple did fix up some issues with the .1 release, there are enough lingering issues and concerns from users that it makes sense to bring the update out in the near future.

We just saw iOS 13.2.2 arrive with fixes and Apple is also working on iOS 13.3, which could be timed up with the release of this macOS update. We could even see this linked up to a Mac Pro release date or the long-rumored 16-inch MacBook Pro.

macOS 10.15.2 Release Time

The macOS 10.15.1 release date is up in the air, but the release time is almost certainly going to be 10 AM Pacific. Apple typically releases new updates at this time, and if they choose to push out the update along with iOS 13.3, this will make even more sense. There’s a breakdown of this time across countries and time zones below.

  • Eastern – 1 PM
  • Central – 12 PM
  • Mountain – 11 AM
  • London – 6 PM
  • Moscow – 9 PM
  • New Delhi – 10:30 PM
  • Shanghai – 1 AM
  • Tokyo – 2 AM
  • Melbourne – 3 AM
  • Auckland – 5 AM

Apple will likely release multiple betas for developers, and there is always a chance for a public beta. These releases typically happen around the same time of day.

macOS 10.15.2: What’s New

As with many of these developer betas, we don’t have a full list of what’s new in macOS 10.15.2 yet. We expect a focus on fixing bugs and improving stability as well as overall performance.

One rumor suggests iOS 13.3 includes a communications limits feature for Screen Time, which could play into the new macOS update. This may also include code needed for new Mac products, but that is a guess at this point.

Should You Wait for macOS 10.15.2?

The macOS 10.15.2 update is an important milestone, but it’s not yet clear if this is the mark you should set for you upgrade to macOS Catalina if you are still on macOS Mojave. The 10.15.1 update helped with our overall stability, but this new update should deliver more improvements.

If you are already on macOS Catalina, you may as well install 10.15.1 today and then wait for this update. If you are still on Mojave, it is a good idea to wait for this update before you make the jump.

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Using Your iPad as a Display + Apple Pencil

Using Your iPad as a Display + Apple Pencil

One of the biggest macOS Catalina features is called Sidecar. This allows you to use your iPad as an external display for your Mac. You can connect wirelessly, so this works at home as well as on the go, to amp up your productivity. You can also use this tech to work on your Mac with the Apple Pencil. 

The display option lets you extend your desktop or mirror the display. This makes it easy to either add more space or get a portable version of your Mac's display that you can take to the couch or just hold in your hand. I plan to use this with an Ergotron iPad mount to add another display on my desk. I'll also use it when working remote at trade shows and on business trips. 

Select Mac Apps will allow you to use Sidecar to draw and mark up items on your Mac using the Apple Pencil on your iPad display. This can replace a dedicated drawing tablet in some cases and is a really amazing free feature. 

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