I feel like I am being forced to upgrade to Catalina. I am trying to build an iOS app and am having issues with Xcode 9 and Xojo 2019r3.1 recognizing the development profile. I’ve been told I need to upgrade to Xcode 11. However, Xcode 11 needs Catalina and I am currently running High Sierra (10.13.6). I’m deathly afraid to upgrade to Catalina. With all the restrictions and “security” features of the OS, I am afraid half the tools I use (32 bit apps?) will be completely worthless.
So does anyone have any recommendations? What do I need to look out for as I upgrade? Are there utilities I need to install that Apple has removed (like the removed Telnet in either 10.12 or 10.13).
The biggest pain in the ■■■■ with VMs is disk space. I am presently working to upgrade my Windows VM to Win10, but I don’t have a huge amount of disk space left on my laptop. And running VMs on an external HD is incredibly painful. So I’ll have to figure out how to do this!
Yeah I was thinking about that as well. At this point I’m not sure. I think eventually, migrating to the latest Apple OS is probably going to be required. It might actually be easier to create a VM from my existing machine and then upgrade to Catalina. That way I have all my apps and everything all in the VM. But I’ll see…
I guess I’m looking for Feedback on Cataline, Big Sur, etc. Are the new features worth the upgrade and the associated pain?
Don’t upgrade to BS. It’s seriously buggy. Way worse than Catalina.
What about a compromise and doing Mojave? I’m on High Sierra, too, and thinking about upgrading to Mojave. The security in Catalina is just too bad for daily use. It’s like your own computer doesn’t trust you.
My advice; as I suffered terribly with Catalina earlier in the year, is not to upgrade. AppleCare know that the migration assistant is broken in Catalina and is causing many customers many problems (that’s what I was told).
I choose to partition the drive into 3, (as this machine can only run Catalina or newer), I have Catalina on it’s own 64GB parition, BS on another 64GB partition and my apps & data safe on a 3rd partition. This way if I need to perform a clean install of an OS version, it doesn’t have to touch my stuff.
If you choose to do a clean install of Catalina, make sure you log-in iCloud and disable “send all my stuff to Apple” options (iCloud Drive and Photos) BEFORE you copy across your data, otherwise Apple will delete your desktop and documents folder, like a spiolt little brat, when they realize they can’t trick you in paying for iCloud.
Big Sur has been my main OS since Beta 2 and, for a beta, it’s been excellent so far. I encourage you to at least be on Catalina for your main OS and run Big Sur on a VM, especially if you’re targeting the App Stores. Doing otherwise means you don’t know what most of your customers are experiencing and you just end up fighting with requirements of your development environments.
If you are building for the App Store, you have to be on Catalina. But that doesn’t mean it’s a good OS. Everything I have heard about it just really scares me. So I do indeed want the ability to go backwards.
I was just thinking this morning that it seems like Apples OS upgrades were better when you had to pay for them.
I purchased a new MBP just after Catalina came out… and I kept my old machine that was running 10.14.x in case I ran into issues with Catalina… I was sure I was going to run into 64bit and other issues and have to fire up the old machine. But after 4 months I have not had to do that.
Yes, I did have a few programs that were 32bit but I was able to easily replace them for almost no cost… and in most cases they needed updating anyway.
So my experience with Catalina has largely been smooth and non-eventful.