Five Things You Should Know Before Upgrading to Mojave

Mojave has been a huge success for Apple. The OS has been positively reviewed across the board by users and critics alike and has been adopted by the majority of Apple computer users as of December 2018. The OS does not change the look of your device much at all compared to the previous version, High Sierra, but it does supercharge the Finder function on your computer, streamlines simple editing options, and finally introduces an optional ‘Dark Mode’ appearance for your Mac for a new blacker look.

Before making the leap and upgrading your OS, however, you should make sure your computer is up to the task of running the new software and know if the move is right for your needs. Here are our five things to check before switching to Mojave:

1 Is Your System’s Hardware Ready for Mojave?

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As we’ve talked about before, unfortunately not all Mac computers will be able to handle the Mojave update. Apple has published the various computer configurations you can use the new OS with, and if you have an older Mac, you will, most likely, be unable to run it.

If you have any of the following products, you can install Mojave on your Apple device:

  • MacBook Air, mid-2012 and later
  • MacBook, early-2015 and later
  • MacBook Pro, 2012 and later
  • iMac, late-2012 and later
  • iMac Pro, 2017 and later
  • Mac Mini, 2017 and later
  • Mac Pro, late-2012 and later

Furthermore, whether you use a HDD instead of a Fusion drive or an SSD will have an impact on how fast your computer can run Mojave. Since Apple has moved to APFS, Apple computers which still have an HDD drive receive far less support. Likewise, if your old used Apple computer has low RAM, your computer might suffer in performance.

2 Will Your Software Accept the Latest OS Update?

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Especially for work, one of the most annoying things is updating your computer or device to the newest operating system and then finding out that your key applications have not been updated to work on the new platform, becoming obsolete in the process. It is important to make sure all the apps that you need to run immediately after updating your computer are still usable.

While all of Apple’s software was compatible with MojaveOS on day one, and many major software providers had access to Mojave in advance to make sure their software would work on the new platform, some software did not work on launch and still does not work now.

Notably, Sibelius, LastPass and Evernote all had problems on Mojave’s launch, though their issues have been mostly fixed. If you need to be able to use certain niche software on your Apple device, make sure to check whether the developer claims their product is Mojave-compatible before making the switch. The best way to find whether your developer has updated their application to support Mojave is to search their application and ‘apple system requirements’. This should bring up the requirements page from your developer with the information you need about running their product.

3 Do You Get the Features You Want With Mojave?

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While every one of the Macs above will support MacOS Mojave, not all of the features of the operating system will be supported by each mac. Most notably, the ‘Hey Siri’ function is only available on MacBook Pros from mid-2018 onwards or iMac Pros from late 2017 onwards. Likewise, the auto-unlock feature for Mac products, which unlocks your laptop when it is near a secondary unlocked Apple device of yours, does not operate on the Mac products from 2012 or earlier.

4 Is Your Mac Clean Before the Update?

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Before you upgrade, it is sensible to update as much of your software and clean your computer beforehand to minimise the chance of any errors or bugs. Most apps update automatically nowadays, and for very small apps you shouldn’t be too worried, but for things like Microsoft Office or Adobe Creative Cloud, it’s good to double-check they’re ready for the new OS before you take the leap.

Additionally, it is worth using Apple’s Disk Utility tool to check your disks for errors and use the First Aid tool to fix any problems. The software can be easily found using the Finder, and the process should take no more than five minutes, during which time your disk will be locked so the disk utility can make any necessary repairs.

5 Have You Got the Time to Update?

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Mojave is an overhaul of your current operating system, and as such takes some time to update completely. Particularly if you are travelling or are somewhere with very poor WiFi signal, the update might take a lot longer or stop halfway through, which exacerbates the time for which you don’t have a functioning computer.

The whole installation process of Mojave might take anywhere between 40 minutes to an hour, so long as everything works right. With a slow internet connection, the download might take a lot longer, however, and older computers might take slightly longer to install the OS. Make sure you have a couple of hours where you do not need your computer and can keep an eye on it to make sure everything goes smoothly before you upgrade to Mojave.

If you consider these five things before upgrading your laptop to Mojave, you should be ready for your update! If you have bought a refurbed MacBook Air or similar device from us before but are not sure how Mojave affects you, please get in touch, and we will happily help clear up any questions you have.