Safe to Upgrade Operating System?


Today’s Question: Are there still issues between the Adobe software applications and MacOS Catalina and I should continue to hold off on the update?

Tim’s Quick Answer: At this point I wouldn’t have any significant concerns about upgrading to MacOS Catalina (version 10.15) and the latest versions of the Adobe Creative Cloud applications. But I also wouldn’t feel any sense of urgency. Whenever is a convenient time for you to update should be perfectly fine based on the latest updates.

More Detail: As may readers may have heard, there were some rather significant problems with the initial upgrade to MacOS Catalina, as well as with iOS 13 for iPhones and iPads.

I have upgraded my computer to MacOS Catalina, and also updated my iPhone and iPad Mini to the latest version of iOS 13. There were some issues early on, especially with iOS 13. A handful of early issues affected Photoshop and Lightroom Classic, along with other applications, and in some cases core features of iPhones in particular. Fortunately, it seems that the latest updates have stabilized everything.

I would say at this point it is reasonably safe to update, but I also wouldn’t be in a hurry.

I updated pretty soon after the updates were available, mostly because I want to keep up with the latest changes. With the most recent updates to MacOS Catalina and iOS, I no longer have any regrets about having updated. And I’ve not had any issues that are creating any problems since the most recent updates. But I also wouldn’t say there are any changes that I feel are dramatically improving my experience with my computer or iOS devices, so I don’t think there is any need to rush to upgrade.

So, if you’re not in any particular hurry to upgrade (such as to take advantage of some new features), I would still suggest that it isn’t a bad idea to hold off a little longer. But I would also say that there’s no real reason in my mind that you shouldn’t upgrade if you’re ready for that step.