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MacOs 10.15

MacOS Catalina

Now that Catalina is out, the temptation is always to update to the latest, greatest new OS but this is one version that requires greater care and thought before updating.

Some of the issues that one may experience is related to the new security requirements where software such as plugins require to be from identified developers. I personally found a major issue with this requirement relating to Rapidweaver add-ons that had not been signed. Basically it prevented me from using any not signed. I now have to wait for the few add-ons to be updated before I can use them again on my Catalina installation. Fortunately I only updated the MacBook and not the iMac where I perform most of my work. I found the same issue with one of my plug-ins for QuarkXpress that stopped working.

Another major change is that 32 bit apps are no longer supported so it is best to check if any of your important apps are 32 bit before updating. You can do this by going to About this Mac/System Report/Applications and then sort the 32/64 bit column. This will list all the 32 bit apps. If any of them are critical, do not update.

In my case, I have kept my main machine on Mojave and created a Mojave VM where I installed the critical 32 bit apps for the short term.

There have been a number of articles on all the new features of Catalina so I will not repeat what is already readily available but the new OS looks great and has provided many improvements.

Check out
https://macmost.com where Gary has released several videos on Catalina.
Other sources include
https://appleinsider.com and https://9to5mac.com as well as many others.
Of course Apple has information about all the new features as well.

Let me know by
email or completing a service request form if you would like some more specific links or help with Catalina.

Apple issues second iOS 13, iPadOS 13, tvOS 13, watchOS 6, macOS 10.15 betas

The new builds can be acquired by developers in the beta as an over-the-air update on devices enrolled into the program, or via the Apple Developer Center. Public beta versions of each operating system normally arrive a few days after the developer betas, though so far they have not been made available for the milestone versions, and are made available via the Apple Beta Software Program website.

Information about the new features of the new operating systems for the different platforms is available on a variety of sources such as
AppleInsider, Catalina Preview , Apple Developer - Beta 2 Release Notes as well as a host of other locations such as TechRadar that reported on the WWDC 2019 event.

One of the many significant changes are with the MacOS which will lose support for 32 bit apps and the iPadOS will have much better functionality with using storage devices for files. Something that has been a long time coming but most probably held back to avoid cannibalising the Mac sales.

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