Apple ships macOS Catalina; here’s what you get

Apple ships macOS Catalina; here’s what you get

Apple today released macOS Catalina, making it available now for download.

I’ve been using it since the beta release and have written extensively in recent months about many of the new improvements and features. 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 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 smoother 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 happens, you need to make sure you have the time to address it.

What about 32-bit apps?

Apple has removed support for 32-bit apps in Catalina. I’ve seen lots of reports criticizing the move, but it’s not as if it should come as a surprise.

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