Apple has started to roll-out macOS Catalina today (Monday October 7, 2019) to Mac owners across the globe.
This major update was announced back in June at Apple’s WWDC developers conference and includes a number of new features and security improvements.
Perhaps the most exciting comes to those who own a MacBook and iPad with the tablet becoming a second screen via something called Sidecar.
This feature will allow you to move content from one display to another with users even able to edit things using the Apple Pencil stylus.
Other extras include three new apps for Music, TV and Podcasts which should make accessing content a little more easy and there’s also improvements to the Photos and Reminders applications.
Apple’s Screen Time option is also coming to the Mac which will alert users to how much time they are looking at the display plus you’ll get all the usual improvements to security.
So, if you are looking forward to trying some of the biggest and best macOS features then here’s how to make sure your Mac is ready.
BACK THINGS UP AND CLEAR SOME SPACE
Although Apple’s updates are usually pretty stable it’s worth backing up all of your data first just in case the worst should happen.
It’s also worth checking your hard drive as you’ll need some space free to download and install macOS Catalina.
In fact, it’s thought this update will be around 7GB with about 20GB of space needed before you can put it on your device.
To check your storage, simply tap on the Apple logo at the top left corner of the screen and go to About This Mac.
From here press Storage which will then reveal the space left on your machine.
CHECK YOUR MACBOOK IS COMPATIBLE
As with all updates from Apple, not everyone will be able to download it with some older machines not compatible with this upgrade.
While Apple tries to bring the latest features to as many Macs as possible, some are inevitably left behind. And not every computer that can run macOS 10.14 Mojave is able to run macOS 10.15 Catalina.
Check which Mac models are compatible with macOS Catalina in our handy guide.
MAKE SURE YOU ARE NEAR WI-FI AND CHARGED UP
When the upgrade does finally arrive you’ll need to be connected to a Wi-Fi signal and it’s a good idea to make sure your MacBook is plugged in and fully charged.
Running out of juice halfway through the update process is not a good idea!
Express.co.uk will bring you full details about macOS Catalina upgrade as soon as it is released.
There’s no official word from Apple on when it will become available but hopefully, fans haven’t got long to wait.