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macOS 10.15 Catalina is available – Why you have to wait to upgrade!

macOS Catalina brings many improvements over its predecessor Mojave. For example, iTunes is being replaced by Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and Apple TV. Sidecar is also new and allows you to use your iPad as a second screen next to your MacBook.

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But … the most important change is that 32-bit apps are no longer supported!

In short, this means that some of your (older) apps will no longer work when you install macOS Catalina.

If you rely upon using 32-bit apps, then do not yet upgrade to Catalina!

Pay attention that even Enfocus, Adobe, Quark, Quite and other developers have not yet fully executed their software 64-bit.

What Enfocus says about Catalina

The current Enfocus products will not officially support macOS Catalina when it is being released. We strongly advise customers not to upgrade their mac to macOS Catalina until we release officially supported updates to our products. PitStop 2019 update 1, Connect 2019 and Switch Fall 2019 will officially support macOS Catalina and will be available shortly after the macOS Catalina release. The reason for this delay is that we want to test with the officially released version of macOS before we can guarantee compatibility.

What Quite Software says about Catalina

All current versions are not tested with macOS Catalina. Soon updates/upgrades of Quite Imposing Plus and Quite Hot Imposing will follow.

What Adobe Software says about Catalina

macOS Catalina doesn’t support 32-bit apps. Nearly all current Adobe products are 64-bit apps. If you are not using the latest update, you could receive an error. Most older, unsupported versions of Adobe apps are not available using 64-bit architecture. You can update current Adobe apps to 64-bit compliant versions. However, these apps weren’t designed or fully tested for Catalina. We recommend that you continue to use the macOS versions noted in the system requirements for each app.

How do you check if your Mac is ready for macOS Catalina?

Check in the AppStore whether there are updates for software that you have installed via this service. Click on the apple at the top of the menu and choose ‘About this Mac’. Click on System overview and then choose Programs (left in the menu). Here you will find information about all available Apps. 

Use Go64 (link). This great free App gives direct insight into all installed Apps and whether they are suitable for Catalina.

Are all your Apps 64-bit? Then you can safely upgrade to Catalina!

Tip: always make a backup before you upgrade. If something goes wrong, you can always go back to a working situation.

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