MacLife UK – December 2019
macOS Catalina was pushed out to compatible Mac devices last month — if you ‘re wondering whether your Mac is supported then you’ll be pleased to know that the majority of Macs — such as MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac and Mac Mini — from 2012 are in, meaning you have no excuse not to upgrade (unless you’re hanging on in there with an older version). If you’d like to know exactly which models are applicable to the Catalina update, Apple has them listed at bit.ly/catsprt.
Back in MaclLife #159, we showed you how to prep your Mac for the Catalina update, but it also might be worth checking out the Apple Support page on how to upgrade (bit.ly/catupgr) because it takes you through the basic steps of installing Catalina.
Now that you have everything you need to get started, may I recommend first getting yourself a strong cup of coffee (or tea, if that’ s your thing) and then heading over to page 16 to begin reading our in—depth feature on how the hell to actually get to grips with Catalina. There are lots of fundamental changes in the new version of macOS, so it’s seriously worth spending some time here. We’ll take you through things like syncing your music with the Finder, now that the process no longer lives under iTunes; how to master some of the newly updated apps like Photos, Mail and Music (it’s still sort of like iTunes, promise!); and, my personal favorite: how to use Sidecar, which is a bit of a must—use feature if, like me, you work on a Mac and have an iPad to hand.
Once you’ve spent some time with Catalina and properly explored its nuances, I’d be interested to hear your take on things. Do the new features make it a worthy upgrade? Would you like to have seen something else? Have you stopped updating your Mac since Mavericks, or are you on an old Mac that simply can’t be updated? Let me know your thoughts at email@example.com. If you want to make your newly—updated Mac even better, we’ve also collated the best Mac apps for all things (P32), from monitoring your finances to making your passwords crack—proof.