The newest version of the Mac operating system, macOS 12 Monterey, was released a couple of weeks ago on 25th October.
So the big question is - should you proceed with the upgrade to macOS Monterey? And what does it include?
Apple delivered an update to iOS/iPadOS 15 about a week ago - in iOS/iPadOS 15.0.1 - and this has resolved some of the early teething problems.
I must say that I have found fewer glitches since then. And reports in the press are that this is one of the more stable upgrades from Apple for a while.
So, for those of you waiting to 'jump in', is it time to upgrade?
Apple announced its iPhone 13 on September 14th, and this new model is now shipping to those who ordered online.
If you are in the market for a new iPhone, read on for more information about this new model.
You will notice now that, when you visit the Software Update option in Settings->General, the Upgrade option is shown separately to Updates for your device.
What does this mean?
Other apps provided by third party suppliers - for example Microsoft's Office products - are also no longer supported on older versions of the Mac operating system, again leaving vulnerabilities and issues unpatched.
Just this past week, Microsoft advised that from September 2021, they will no longer support OneDrive under Sierra and High Sierra.
If you rely on OneDrive as your cloud storage service, I would suggest it is definitely time to look at upgrading your macOS if you are still on a version prior to Mojave. Otherwise you may find your OneDrive becomes unstable on that Mac and may even cease to operate.
Apple has recently announced some details about the next operating systems if iPads, iPhones and Macs - which will arrive later this year (usually around Sept-Oct).
There were a few features that stood out for me.
You may have read in the press in the last couple of weeks that there is now a new series of Macs available - MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac Mini - and these new Macs no longer use Intel Chips. Instead, Apple has developed its own chip - a high performance chip called M1.
So, if you are in the market for a new Mac right now, should you consider getting one of these new Macs?
Just this week, iTandCoffee has assisted two different clients who had the same problem - that their Mac Mail app just constantly crashed. Every time they clicked the Inbox, the app would immediately close.
Both clients had the same operating system - OS-X El Capitan. Here's what we had to do to fix the problem.
I have helped a couple of clients just this week who have had problems with the Mail app on their Mac - a problem that we were unable to solve because it seemed to relate to the out-of-date version of their Mac operating system.
Both clients were still using the 5-year-old Mac OS-X El Capitan. The Mail app was continually crashing, making it impossible to use. (Read more about this issue here).
So we needed to upgrade their Mac operating system to a newer version - something that was worth doing for more reasons than just fixing this single app problem. There are lots of new features and fixes delivered by newer versions of the Mac operating system - and more problems are likely to arise in future from running a 'too old' version of the operating system.
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