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October 2019

Hold Off Catalina

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Hold off Catalina

Catalina May Not Be For Everyone

Catalina is the newest operating system for your Mac, but it may not be the greatest for you. Here’s a quick guide to help determine whether clicking the “Upgrade Now” button will bring you joy or frustration.

  • Your computer

    • MacBook: 2015 and later
      MacBook Pro: 2012 and later
      MacBook Air: 2012 and later
      Mac Mini: 2012 and later
      iMac: 2012 and later
      iMac Pro: 2017 and later
  • The apps you use

    • Catalina renders old apps useless. About 10% of the apps we use are built on 32-bit architecture which is no longer supported in Catalina. Apple is favoring the 64-bit architecture to provide greater processing power to newer apps. Yes, it’s a good thing, but not all app developers are ready for this change. Find out if your apps are 64-bit. 
  • Next-Level Security

    • Once again, the Mac OS offers a greater level of protection from viruses and exploits. This will require more of your attention when installing new apps or making changes to your Mac OS.
    • Some apps will require you to grant them permissions. This is all managed in the System Preferences –> Security & Privacy. Catalina Security & Privacy

Battery Recall for 15″ MacBook Pros

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Apple sent many of us a notice about a potential fire danger with the 15″ MacBook Pro. This is the former MacBook Pro model, from a time when USB  and Thunderbolt ports on the side of your Mac were cool. To see if your MacBook Pro is included in the recall, check your serial number using Apple’s recall page.

If you must send in your MacBook Pro for service, there are few things to take care prior to sealing the box or dropping with the Genius Bar:

  1. Backup your computer using TimeMachine. iCloud doesn’t provide a complete backup like TimeMachine does. TimeMachine will save your data to an external drive, saving everything from Applications to Photos.
  2. Create a separate login for Apple. You don’t want to give up your super secret dead-pet-password. So, create a new user for Apple with a basic password that you can share.
  3. Don’t got to Apple Store. In most cases, Apple can send a shipping box for your computer. They’ll FedEx the computer to their service center and FedEx it back to you. It will save you the time and hassle of queuing up for the Genius Bar.

Marin Mac Tech is happy to help you facilitate the backup and answer any questions. Getting help is easier than ever.