Short message: macOS Catalina is available for download

macOS Catalina is now available as a free download

If you click on software update in the system settings of your Mac, you will notice that the new operating system (macOS Catalina with version number 10.15; here the Info page from Apple) is now finally available in its final version for end users. Personally, I only start the download here using the "Update" button and then - when the installer starts - cancel the process.

In the "Programs" directory you can usually find the macOS Catalina installer as a DMG file (I am still loading the system and hope that - like the old systems - it ends up in the programs folder). This allows the Mac to be updated at any time and you can also drag this installer onto an external hard drive in case you want to do a clean install again later.

In a separate article I will soon present all the innovations that the new operating system will bring to the Macs.

In a separate article I will soon present all the innovations that the new operating system will bring to the Macs.

The backup comes before the update

I can only warmly recommend anyone interested in macOS Catalina to make a backup before updating to the new system Carbon Copy Cloner, Super duper! or SmartBackup to create. If something goes wrong, or you just have trouble with the system, you can reinstall your old version in a short time with such a bootable backup.

The red badget for "Software Update" only appeared after I manually searched for updates in this system setting and found macOS Catalina.

The red badget for "Software Update" only appeared after I manually searched for updates in this system setting and found macOS Catalina.

Careful wait for macOS 10.15.1

As always with such "big" updates, you can assume that a small version will be added in the first few weeks. Since macOS Catalina was released with version number 10.15, the first bugfix with version number 10.15.1 will be available in a short time.

Cautious users who want to forego the teething troubles of the new macOS version should perhaps be patient with the upgrade until the first or second bug fix is ​​out. Everyone else who (like me) made a backup before can take the plunge and install the new system.

The new operating system from Apple is available for download: macOS Catalina 10.15 should not be installed carelessly.

The new operating system from Apple is available for download: macOS Catalina 10.15 should not be installed carelessly.

Warning: 32-bit apps will no longer work!

One of the biggest sticking points with macOS Catalina is that with this operating system version the Support for 32-bit apps discontinued becomes. So that you are not surprised, I recommend taking a look at "About my Mac" (to be found in the upper left corner of the Finder next to the apple logo). There you go to "System Report" and then select "Programs" under "Software".

Your Mac will probably take a few seconds to display the list of programs, but then you go to the rightmost column and click twice on "64-Bit (Intel)". The program list should now be sorted according to the value "No". All apps that now have a No there will fail under macOS Catalina.

32-bit apps can be found if the value "No" is in the "64-bit (Intel)" column.

32-bit apps can be found if the value "No" is in the "64-bit (Intel)" column.

If there are programs among them that you need constantly, you should see whether there is an update for them or look for an alternative. I already have some apps in the list that I use every now and then: BBEdit, ABBYY FindReader for ScanSnap, DYMO Label, Diablo III Launcher (yes, I play that every now and then), Office365Service (WHAT? Is my Microsoft 365 Suite running after that no more ?!) and a little bit of odds and ends.

Big rush: "The network connection was interrupted."

You can tell that a lot of people want to install the new system. After a few minutes I got the error message "The network connection was interrupted". This indicates that there is a lot going on here. Fortunately, once canceled, the download will resume from where it left off.

Don't get rid of it if you make a mistake. Another click on "Update Now" will show success at some point.

Don't get rid of it if you make a mistake. Another click on "Update Now" will show success at some point.

My conclusion: I'll try my luck

Well, as Sir Apfelot, I can barely wait 2 months before trying out the new macOS. After all, I'm already avoiding all the beta versions. But when a new system comes out, I usually install it within the first few days.

Certainly there will be a generic article with the bugs (and hopefully also with solutions) to macOS Catalina in the coming days. If you don't want to miss anything in this regard, I can send you my free one Sir Apfelot app or mine weekly newsletter . Recommend

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7 comments

  1. Uwe says:

    Via the system report> Software> Programs I get an error message instead of a result: "The plug-in did not react quickly enough when collecting this information." Repeating it twice did not produce any result.

    The activity display tells me that the Adobe Cloud apps that I use (Photoshop and Lightroom) are 32-bit. Is Adobe really not able to switch to 64-bit? In 2019?

    I think I'll wait with the update too.

    gruß
    Uwe

  2. Uwe says:

    Oh yes, iMac 2017, 4,2 GHz Core i7 and 40 GB of RAM. Should be enough for a result.

    • sir appleot says:

      You may also be able to use the free Go64 app: https://www.stclairsoft.com/Go64/
      She should make the list for you too. Because of Lightroom: I can't imagine that the CC products are not prepared for Catalina. Maybe this is still an old version of Lightroom? Otherwise, backup and try it out will help. : D

  3. Uwe says:

    Thanks for the information :-)

  4. Andre says:

    Stuck installing on 2018 iMac. Emojis don't go on the news. For all albums no more covers and much more. Why is Apple releasing such a bugged "beta"?

  5. Simone says:

    You mention programs for the backup - bootable - what about a backup via time machine to an external hard drive?

    • sir appleot says:

      Hello Simone! The backup that Time Machine creates is basically one that you can use to completely restore your system. It may even be bootable (I haven't tried that), but there are 1000 cases where Time Machine will simply fail in an emergency. Time Machine creates its backup in a form that is not a 1: 1 copy of the hard drive. For this reason, I also recommend always having a clone of the hard drive ready with such backup apps. With this you can boot in an emergency and restore everything to the way it was before.

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