Should I update my MacOs to the latest Catalina version?
If you are a Mac user you probably know that mac released a new software update in October of 2019. If you already installed this update – congratulations to you. Although it is possible to uninstall Catalina and downgrade your mac OS to previous updates, there are some people who still consider whether they should install the newest update.
The main reason behind this hesitation is that some apps aren’t supported anymore. Another thing why mac users consider if they need to update their computers – the current update works completely fine, so why change it.
Every new update brings uncertainty to mac users and some of them do not install the latest updates instantly. If you want just wait a little and not install a new update, or maybe always use a present update that is already running on your Mac, in this article you will find answers to your questions.
Situation with apps
If you are wondering whether to install macOS Catalina you should know that this update no longer supports 32-bit apps.
So if you are using some apps that are critical to your everyday tasks with your mac you should wait until those apps will be upgraded to 64-bit. If you do not know if your beloved app will be upgraded to 64-bit – we recommend trying to get in touch with the creators and just ask them about this upgrade possibility. The other option you have if you want to update your MacOS to Catalina, you can always try to search and download the app, which has similar or the same functions and use it on MacOS Catalina.
Another important thing you need to know before going fully to MacOS Catalina – you will no longer be able to use iTunes. This audio streaming platform is completely gone. So if you are using iTunes often – you should find a new way to listen to music on your Mac.
Waiting for another MacOS update
As every software update, there are some possibilities that the newest update can have some bugs. If you are cautious and if you want the new update to work completely fine, you can always choose to wait for later versions’ updates like Mac OS 10.15.2 or 10.15.3. If you saw somewhere that people are reporting bugs with MacOS Catalina, you can wait for the new updates which are able to fix those bugs and then install macOS Catalina update.
Ignoring MacOS Catalina
IF you are a Mac user which is trying to ignore the newest updates, this part of the article is for you. Remember, that you can choose to skip MacOS Catalina and not update your Mac at all. If the older systems are working well (like Mojave, High Sierra, Sierra), you just can ignore the Catalina version.
Not upgrading your MacOS to Catalina is a smart solution if you don’t want to lose your 32 bit apps as mentioned before. The one drawback you should consider before deciding to ignore the MacOS Catalina update – you may skip the newest security updates. So it is possible that it will be harder to avoid malware, for example, because the newest security updates may not be available to the oldest versions of updates.
Think about dual booting
If you want to see how MacOS Catalina works but do not want to be committed to this update, you can always consider dual booting. With the help of special APFS systems, you can install macOS Catalina update but still be able to use the primary update version that you are using now. Of course, if you want to try this – don’t forget to backup your computer.
Just see how it works for you. In this way by using the current system update and the newest update you will be able to compare it and see which fits you best.
You are definitely not alone on this – there are many cautious MacOS users that always take some time to consider whether to give in to the newest MacOS updates. It is an important decision so take time to think about it for sure. If you are not ready for these changes – you can choose to wait for some time as mentioned before.
If you really want to try the newest macOS Catalina but don’t want to commit fully – try using your current system and Catalina at once and see which works better for you. If you are afraid of bugs in apps after updating your mac to Catalina – get in touch with the apps’ creators and find out whether there are plans to update those apps that you are using daily. It’s all up to you – don’t be afraid to experiment.