It’s a pretty well-known fact that Apple likes to release major updates once a year, usually at the end of October. Not to mention the supplementary updates that happen almost regularly. Updating your Mac computer is quite a hassle, especially when you are busy doing other important things.
The only way you can utilize the newest Mac update is to learn everything about Catalina, the newest software upgrade.
If you want to keep your Mac at tiptop shape, you’ll want to learn how to update Mac devices. Read on to find out more!
1. Everything New with Catalina
On August 12, 2020, Apple revealed the macOS version 10.15.6, the latest update from Catalina.
A common problem fixed by the update was problems with the trackpad. On the Mac, the trackpad would lose connections with the pointer once in a while. For a time, this problem was so bad even using a USB mouse wouldn’t fix it.
Thanks to Apple receiving the complaints, the issue went away with the latest update. They also fixed another common Apple user problem involving the changing of their computers’ name. This was all resolved after installing the newest updates.
Along with the update is a new option that lets you enhance video streaming in your Mac notebooks. Given that it is (High Dynamic Range) HDR supported, you’re going to enjoy a higher-quality viewing experience.
As you can see, updating your Mac provides so much more to both you and your device. You resolve problems and get better applications in return. Continue reading to find out how to update your Mac.
2. Get Your Mac Update
On your Mac, click the Apple logo on the top leftmost on the screen. Choose System Preferences on the menu then go to Software Update in the pop-up window. Make sure you’re connected to the internet so it can check for any updates you haven’t done yet.
After that, you can go to Update Now and wait for it to load. The computer might re-start after updating so try not to panic when it happens.
If you cannot see the Software Update anywhere, then you must have an earlier version of macOS. You can use the Apple App Store to check and download updates on your Mac computer.
To do that, head to the Apple logo then choose the App Store instead. Look around and find the download button on the top-right corner. The number present indicates how many updates are available at the moment.
You can select any of the updates below depending on your preferences.
But you can also opt to choose to UPDATE ALL above. If you don’t want to go to the trouble of going through all the updates one by one, this is the perfect method.
3. Get Mac OS Update on Automatic Mode
For newer versions like macOS 10.4 Mojave onwards, you can go to System Preferences. Click on the Software Update and find the Advanced button. From there, you can change the settings of your automatic updates.
To those who have earlier versions of macOS, open your App Store from System preferences. Check the box named Automatically check for updates. You can also enable the other 4 options below if you like to keep up with newly available, app, OS X, and security updates.
With these instructions, you don’t have to worry about missing out on certain updates!
4. Upgrade to Catalina
First, make sure your mac computer is compatible with Catalina.
Tap on the Apple menu icon. After selecting About This Mac, you will be able to see the overview of your computer. Look at the description of your Mac model.
Once you’ve done that, check on the list of Catalina supported Apple Mac products and models.
If your model is on the list, you can upgrade it to Catalina anytime. To do that, head to the App Store on your menu bar.
You can scroll down till you find macOS Catalina on the suggested apps or you can search for it. Either way, click on the VIEW button and the GET button on the top-right corner. It will try to find the latest update as of the moment and this takes time to load (do not quit half-way through).
After getting the new pop-up, click the highlighted Download button. This will start the pre-download process of Catalina in your Mac.
Tap on Continue on the new window and click on the Agree button two times on separate pop-ups. Once you select Install, log in as an administrator for the download to start.
It will restart with the new software update. You can now use the new features after finishing the set-up process.
5. To Update or Not to Update Your macOS?
It’s possible to not update your Mac as the option to update or upgrade your Mac computer is up to you. If you choose not to, expect to experience several technical issues previously resolved by past updates. If you can use your computer as is or don’t mind too much, feel free to delay it as long as you want.
In fact, many people choose not to update their devices. Reasons range from personal ones to disappointment with the new features brought by new updates and upgrades.
If you’ve downloaded the Catalina on your Mac computer, you might have trouble adjusting. If you are having some issues adjusting to the new software, you can choose to downgrade. You can learn how to downgrade with this guide at https://setapp.com/how-to/downgrade-from-big-sur-to-catalina.
Take note that not every update is good or even compatible with your current macOS. There are always going to be technical issues when it comes to updating so proceed with caution.
Keep up With the Latest Mac Update!
Now you know some of the ways not to lag behind with the yearly and other supplementary Mac update from Apple. It may be hard but not impossible! We hope we can help you with your problem.
Did you have other Apple-related questions and issues? Please take a look at our other articles for more guides and references.