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4 Reasons Not to Install macOS Mojave & 15 Reasons You Should Install 10.14.5 Today

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The macOS Mojave update could completely change how you use your Mac and the new version adds in access to Apple News+ and some important fixes. Many users will want to install the free update today, but some Mac owners are better off waiting a few days before installing the latest macOS Mojave update. With the release of macOS 10.14.5 there are more reasons to install the update, but there are still a few reasons to hold off.

Over the last several days Apple pushed several silent updates to address security issues with Zoom, RingCentral and Zhumu. These apps installed a web server that remained even when the main apps were uninstalled and this would allow a malicious site to open a frame with a video call on Mac with your webcam on. If you are already on macOS Mojave, you should have these updates automatically installed in the background.

Apple continues to roll out small updates to macOS Mojave months after the initial release. These small updates include important fixes and small new features. In most cases the small updates are worth installing soon after release, but you may still want to wait a few days, just to make sure everything is working fine with the upgrade. This guide can help you decide if it is worth installing right now.

One of the biggest reasons to install the macOS 10.14.5 update is that it includes a fix for a ZombieLoad security problem that impacts pretty much every Mac going back to 2011. This new update includes a fix for this security issue and you should upgrade asap.

One more reason to install Mojave is if you are getting AirPods 2, which require the second most recent update to work on your Mac. That compatibility is still a part of macOS Mojave 10.14.5, but you don’t have to upgrade from 10.14.4 unless you want to.

macOS Mojave is available on Macs as old as 2012, but it’s not available to all Macs that could run macOS High Sierra. There are performance improvements, new apps, security upgrades and loads of new features as part of this upgrade. If you are on an older mac, it maybe time to upgrade to at least a 2015 MacBook Pro or to a new MacBook Pro.

Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Install macOS Mojave;

  1. Don’t Install if You Aren’t Prepared
  2. Don’t Install if You Are Worried About macOS Mojave Problems
  3. Don’t Install if You Use a Really old Mac
  4. Don’t Install if You’re Traveling

Here’s Why You Should Update to macOS Mojave;

  1. Install for Dark Mode & Upgrades
  2. Install for ZombieLoad Fix
  3. Install for AirPlay 2
  4. Install for MacBook Pro Audio and Other Fixes
  5. Install for Apple News+
  6. Install for Easy Logins in Safari
  7. Install for Group FaceTime
  8. Install for New Emoji
  9. Install for New Mac Apps
  10. Install for Desktop Upgrades
  11. Install for Security Fixes
  12. Install for Continuity Camera & New ScreenShots
  13. Install for Privacy Upgrades
  14. Install for Emoji in Mail and Siri Upgrades
  15. Install if You Have macOS High Sierra Problems

The macOS Mojave 10.14.5 update arrives in mid May alongside iOS 12.3 and watchOS 5.2.1. This update adds in new features like AirPlay 2, upgrades for Apple News+, security fixes and bug fixes. If you skipped the previous major update you will get new emoji, Group FaceTime, bug fixes and more.

You can downgrade to macOS High Sierra from macOS Mojave if you don’t like it. There is no time limit like on iOS 12, but it is a process and takes some time so do your research before you upgrade.

There are many good reasons to install macOS Mojave on your Mac today or to install the macOS Mojave 10.14.5 update. Before you start, you need to consider these reasons you shouldn’t upgrade yet. If you are already on macOS 10.14.4, it’s a good idea to install the supplemental update.

Install macOS Mojave for Dark Mode & Dynamic Desktop

Install macOS Mojave for Dark Mode & Dynamic Desktop

One of the biggest macOS Mojave features that you will see when you install the update is Dark Mode and the next is the dynamic desktop. 

With the macOS Mojave Dark Mode you get a better focus on the app you are working in, while the rest of the system fades into the background. This is built-in to Apple apps, and they allow third-party support so you can expect to see widespread use. If you prefer the normal brighter view, you can keep that. 

No matter which mode you use, the desktop will change during the day, based on the time. You'll see the sun or the moon move across a sand dune. This is an optional feature, and it's kind of like a Live Photo. This will only work with Apple official desktop backgrounds.  

With macOS 10.14.4 you now get automatic dark mode activation in Safari for websites that support a dark mode. Once you upgrade this will switch websites, not just safari itself, over to a dark mode automatically. This is a handy feature. 

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16 Comments

16 Comments

  1. Name

    09/24/2018 at 2:15 pm

    “This si built-in to Apple apps”

    si?

    • John Pappas

      10/23/2018 at 3:06 pm

      really?

  2. Jim

    11/15/2018 at 8:31 am

    The new iMovie SUCKS!!
    The new screenshot is horrible!!

    • Mal

      11/21/2018 at 6:14 pm

      really? Oh man! I’m glad i have been skeptical about upgrading… i need both of those to work well

  3. Mal

    11/21/2018 at 6:13 pm

    Will this affect my microsoft apps and adobe apps?

  4. Modernape

    12/26/2018 at 11:16 am

    “you also get strong passwords automatically created and tracked by Safari, and available on your iPhone and iPad too”

    …already a feature with previous MacOS back to El Capitan.

  5. Mikethemix

    01/08/2019 at 7:14 am

    my Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 didn’t work with Mojave – the upgrade charges for features I don’t need.

  6. SR

    02/01/2019 at 10:58 am

    Please define “really old.” Does my 2012 iMac fit that description?

    • Vic

      07/16/2019 at 5:23 am

      The following is a list of the Macs that are compatible with macOS 10.14 Mojave:

      MacBook (early 2015 or later)
      MacBook Air (mid-2012 or later)
      MacBook Pro (mid-2012 or later)
      Mac mini (late 2012 or later)
      iMac (2012 or later)
      iMac Pro (all models)
      Mac Pro (late 2013)
      Earlier Mac Pro versions (mid-2010 and mid-2012 with a recommended Metal-capable graphics card

      Check here for other requirements: https://softwaretested.com/mac/how-to-upgrade-macbook-to-mojave/

  7. JW

    02/15/2019 at 9:32 pm

    This article claims to have been written on Feb 11, 2019. But these comments are from 2018.

    “Don’t update if you’re worried about Mojave problems” XD

    This page is mess

  8. Mike

    05/14/2019 at 9:42 pm

    After installing Mojave (against my better judgement, but at Apple Support’s insistence for debugging iTunes metadata issues) my MacBook Pro now runs slower, Mail frequently fails to connect to my email server, Time Machine no longer works (seriously…), network drives no longer connect automatically nor via server name (must be connected manually via IP address, and even then they sometimes disconnect spontaneously), the App Store remodel is horrible, screenshots are now slower with stupid features that true screenshots do not need, Dock real-estate is reduced with a new recently-used apps section (thank goodness that can be switched off), and brilliantly there is NO WAY to revert back to an earlier OS. Time Machine backup, you say? Nope – Time Machine isn’t working for me since the “downgrade” to Mojave. Apple needs to STOP changing things simply for the sake of changing things. If it ain’t broke, don’t “fix” it. I now need to erase my hard drive in order to have a “Genius” install an older OS on my computer. Yep, because after two weeks of daily Apple Support conversations with no less than 9 different “senior” support advisors there is absolutely no progress towards resolving all the glitches Mojave has introduced. Apple is becoming less desirable to me each year. It seems more and more that they are getting too careless and flakey with their software design. (What’s next, malware susceptibility like Windows?) Mojave is the pinnacle of their retarded ideas of what people desire, as judging from my own experience and the quantity of people online wanting to revert back to anything earlier than Mojave. I think it’s safe to say that Mojave SUCKS.

  9. Ric

    05/20/2019 at 2:15 am

    It’s updates like this (and many in the past) that Apple is no longer exciting or appealing!

    It’s more work trying to fix things after an Apple update, not even printers work anymore! What a nightmare :(

  10. steen Jeberg

    05/26/2019 at 11:54 pm

    I tried to update my MacBook Pro from 2013. Now it is locked in the update proces and can’t complete the update. It shuts down again and again. So my advice is – don’t update now..check the internet if your Macbook model needs the update and can do it without problems….

  11. fnaf

    05/27/2019 at 2:29 am

    I also think you should install macOS 10.14.5. It will fit your device

  12. Ken

    06/19/2019 at 8:34 am

    This is a catch 22. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. I upgraded a few months after Mojave came out and my 27″ iMac retina 5K ended up in the shop for a freaking week. I had customers screaming “when will you up and running?”
    That’s the damned if you do.
    The damned if you don’t is future compatibility issues down the road with everything.

  13. Tomas Walsh

    07/12/2019 at 9:39 pm

    My Macbook Pro has been incredibly slow since “downgrading” to Mojave. I’ve eliminated every possible thing I can locate and I still sit waiting for just about every function. I’ll be reverting to High Sierra very soon.

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