Guess what time it is? You guessed it! It's new Apple operating system time. On Monday, September 24th, Apple's latest operating system named Mojave will be available in the App Store as a free download. As each macOS is released, Apple becomes more clever in their methods to attract end users to install these upgrades as soon as they can; and for good reason. Apple takes a lot of pride in their audience being on the cutting edge, and utilizing all of their newly offered features. This is why their modern day approach is to nudge end users quite aggressively (those lovely, constant Notification Center banners come to mind) until they upgrade. For now though, let’s hold off. Here’s why:
- Incompatible Software - If you have any business critical software on your computer, and chances are that you do, running any operating system upgrade can mean losing access to those pieces of software without paying for updates or in some cases permanently. Running Quickbooks for Mac? How about a locally based CRM like Daylite? Historically, software vendors are forced to be slightly behind Apple's releases due to differences in beta versions versus the initial release. This means delayed compatibility, or even the discontinuation of historical versions because of an inability to adapt.
- Initial Release Bugs - Every Apple operating system release in recent memory has been full of what we affectionately refer to as "unplanned features", but that's being polite. Nothing spoils the excitement of upgrading your computer quite like having us troubleshoot your email or network connection for weeks until Apple releases a patch (true story). As luck would have it, typically, the items affected most severely are those that you tend to need on a daily if not hourly basis.
- No Going Back - Well, there's no instant way to go back anyway. Unless you have a Time Machine backup of your computer prior to your upgrade to Mojave, you'll be living through all of those unplanned features with the rest of us. Then again, even if you do, you're looking at over an hour (give or take) to restore you back to your backup so that you can get back to work.
We definitely don't want to be the mean parents telling you that you can open your Christmas present on Christman morning, we're just saying that if you open it too early it's more likely to be coal than a new drone. We'll be installing the first release of Mojave on Monday, as well as every patch thereafter, so we'll know about these kinds of issues as soon as we can; from there, we'll develop a plan for you and your team to upgrade, well, because that's what we're here for!