macOS 10.15 Catalina Primer
Apple released its latest OS in early October: macOS 10.15 Catalina. We have been looking forward to Catalina (and running it in beta) ever since Apple debuted it at the Apple World Wide Developer Conference in June. Catalina brings some great security enhancements to your computers but also will bring a lot of changes and some of your software may no longer work. Be Prepared!
32 bit Software
One major change coming to Catalina is the end of support for any 32-bit applications. 32-bit applications have been around a long time. Ever since macOS 10.13, High Sierra, you may have seen a notification on your computer about a particular app saying something like "This app is not optimized for your Mac". But in Catalina those apps will no longer even launch:
St Clair Software has great utility called Go64 that does a convenient scan of your system for all 32-bit software. And Precursor Support Plan clients can self-serve install G064 from the Precursor Managed Software Center.
A partial list to watch out for
MSC = available in the (may require subscription purchase to activate)
Sidecar lets you extend your workspace by using your iPad as a second Mac display.
Music, Podcasts, TV
Apple's leviathan iTunes app has been split up into more manageable Music, Podcasts, and TV apps.
Apple's Notes app has been extensively re-written to make it more powerful and useful.
And a great emphasis has been place on Security with Data protections. Apps must now get your permission before directly accessing files in your Documents and Desktop folders, iCloud Drive, and external volumes, so you’re always in control of your data. And you’ll be prompted before any app can capture keyboard activity or a photo or video of your screen.
Voice Control takes a huge leap letting you Easily navigate your Mac using just your voice. Improved dictation and richer text editing features make writing more efficient, while comprehensive commands let you open and interact with virtually any app.
Catalina requires a compatible device. If you have one of the following you still need to check on your software:
When will Precursor do upgrades?
We plan on moving our clients to Catalina sooner rather than later - of course this depends on whether their application software will be compatible.
If you feel you need to have Catalina on your computer before that time comes you can request an upgrade by choosing the "Schedule an OS Upgrade" option from the Precursor Contact menu (the little blue "P" icon) in the menubar at the top of your Mac's screen.
There are a number of online articles regarding upgrading to Catalina - all better written than mine. One of my favourites that deals with the complexities aa business could have with Catalina is here: MacOS Catalina | The Big Upgrade by DetectX author Phil Stokes. Be prepared to get a headache!