The macOS Catalina update is a major upgrade for your Mac, which adds new ways to use your iPad and Apple Watch with your Mac. While there is a lot to love, there are bugs, you may need to buy new apps and deal with other changes. Even with two supplemental updates and macOS 10.15.1 out, there are a good number of reasons you should wait.
macOS Catalina is a free update that is available now, and while there are many reasons to install the new macOS update, there are also several very important reasons not to install macOS 10.15.1 yet. Apple is already working on the macOS 10.15.2 update, which is likely coming in the next few weeks.
We’re seeing a growing number of macOS Catalina problems including bricked Macs, crashes with Final Cut Pro, apps not behaving correctly and some users are finding that they need to buy new versions of apps to work on Catalina. Here’s how to fix many common macOS Catalina problems.
Apple released the macOS Catalina 10.15.1 update on October 29th to address some of the problems, add in support for AirPods Pro, new emojis and other changes. If you buy the 16-inch MacBook Pro it ships with Catalina.
This guide will help you decide if you should install macOS Catalina today, or if you are better off waiting a few days or weeks. While iOS may be a simple decision, the number of things your Mac can connect to and the new security restrictions could mean that you are better off waiting even if you normally install updates early.
Why You Should Install macOS Catalina
- Using Your iPad as a Display + Apple Pencil
- Apple TV, Podcasts & Apple Music on Your Mac
- If You Use Apple Arcade
- Upgraded Photos App
- New and Improved Notes
- Reminders You Can Finally Use
- For Screen Time on Your Mac
- For Better Security And Privacy
- So You Don’t Lose Your Mac
- For Better Apple Watch Integration
- Better Accessibility
- Install for macOS 10.15.1 Fixes
Why You Shouldn’t Install macOS Catalina Yet
- Wait for macOS 10.15.2
- If You Aren’t Prepared
- If you Rely on 32 Bit Apps
- You Use Specialized Software or Hardware
- If You Are Worried About macOS Catalina Problems
- If You Are Traveling
- If You Are Using an Old Mac
If you’re currently on the fence, this is what you need to know about whether the time is right to install the macOS Catalina update today or if you should join a growing number of folks that are holding off.
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