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6 Reasons Not to Install macOS Catalina & 12 Reasons to Install macOS 10.15.1

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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.

This is a large update that will take some time to download and install. We have a list of what you need to do to prepare for the update, which is a good place to start.

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.

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 on day one.

Why you should install macOS Catalina today, and why you should wait.

Why you should install macOS Catalina today, and why you should wait.

Why You Should Install macOS Catalina

  1. Using Your iPad as a Display + Apple Pencil
  2. Apple TV, Podcasts & Apple Music on Your Mac
  3. If You Use Apple Arcade
  4. Upgraded Photos App
  5. New and Improved Notes
  6. Reminders You Can Finally Use
  7. For Screen Time on Your Mac
  8. For Better Security And Privacy
  9. So You Don’t Lose Your Mac
  10. For Better Apple Watch Integration
  11. Better Accessibility
  12. Install for macOS 10.15.1 Fixes

Why You Shouldn’t Install macOS Catalina Yet

  1. If You Aren’t Prepared
  2. If you Rely on 32 Bit Apps
  3. You Use Specialized Software or Hardware
  4. If You Are Worried About macOS Catalina Problems
  5. If You Are Traveling
  6. 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.

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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