Apple ships macOS Catalina and here’s what you get




Apple has released macOS Catalina. It’s available now for download.

I’ve written several guides to many of its new improvements and features and have been using it since beta. Here’s what you need to know:

Should I install Catalina today?

Apple’s new macOS has been extensively tested but I don’t generally recommend any user upgrades immediately when a major OS update ships.

There are several reasons:

  • Some essential third-party apps may not yet have Catalina support.
  • Even after extensive beta testing things do go wrong, so it is always worth waiting until the first point upgrade to an OS.
  • You should always backup your device before you upgrade, and when you do upgrade you should have time on hand to address any problems that occur.
  • The update process tends to be a little faster if you delay and avoid the rush.

When it comes to Catalina, I’m not suggesting things will go awry once you do upgrade, but in the rare event something does happen then you need to make sure you have the time to address it.

What about 32-bit apps?

Apple has also removed support for 32-bit apps in Catalina. I’ve seen lots of reports criticising this, but it’s not like it should come as a surprise.

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