CN - MacOS - When to Upgrade

Issue/Question

  • When should I upgrade my macOS?

Environment

  • Oregon State University
  • Community Network
  • Mac

Explanation

Apple generally releases a new operating system once per year in the fall. They officially support the last two operating systems before the new one, and deprecate the oldest supported operating system at the time that a new one is released. (For example, when Mojave was released, El Capitan became unsupported.) When an operating system is no longer supported by the vendor, it means the vendor will no longer release security or bug fixes.

You can learn more about macOS versions here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MacOS

Should You Upgrade?

The following are some general guidelines to consider when deciding whether to upgrade your Mac's operating system:

  • Software needs. Do you use less common software? If so, check with that software's vendor to ensure it is supported to work with the latest macOS.
  • Computer age and spec. Contact the Service Desk to confirm whether your computer meets minimum specifications for the latest macOS. If your computer is very old (5 years or more) you may want to consider replacing it instead of upgrading it.
    • Note: New computers will always ship from Apple with the latest macOS on them and Community Network will leave this in place as it has the best support for new hardware.
  • New macOS features. If there is a feature of the new macOS that you need or want to try, upgrading may make sense. If not, it's best to wait until 3rd party software vendors have had a chance to update their software to work with the latest macOS. 

Upgrading Your Mac

Note that you can contact Community Network to upgrade your Mac (the process can be done in person or over the phone). Or, you can follow the steps below to perform the upgrade yourself:

  1. Create a Time Machine backup to ensure your files are safe.
  2. Verify hardware compatibility
  3. Verify all essential applications are compatible with the latest macOS
  4. Run Software Update and apply all updates
  5. Perform the following actions in Disk Utility:
    1. Repair Disk Permissions
    2. Verify and Repair Disk if issues are reported
  6. Download and install the latest macOS from the Apple Store
  7. Update to the latest version of ESET Endpoint Security for macOS

 

For assistance, contact the IS Service Desk.

Details

Article ID: 80682
Created
Wed 6/12/19 2:23 PM
Modified
Wed 6/12/19 2:42 PM