What you need to know
- macOS Catalina is likely to arrive this week.
- Logic Pro X and other DAW users should avoid updating on day one.
- New security features will impact audio producers.
Apple's macOS 10.15 Catalina update is likely to land at some point this week, but the months-long beta process hasn't been plain sailing. Just like iOS and iPadOS 13, bugs haven't been kind to Apple. But those bugs aren't the reason you might want to hang fire before updating.
Part of the Catalina update will see Apple further tighten the security screw, which is usually a good thing. But this time around the moves Apple is making will directly impact third-party plugins for apps like Logic Pro X and other digital audio workstations (DAWs).
As Justin Kahn at 9to5Mac points out, the changes in Catalina will impact how third-party effects and instrument makers work with DAWs.
While software vendors are working to get their ducks in a row, at least one has already said that it won't be ready on day one. In fact, it seems Native Instruments (opens in new tab) wants to test the final version of macOS 10.15 specifically before providing fixes.
That leaves audio workers in a position where they cannot update to macOS 10.15 Catalina on day one. And, likely, not for the coming weeks or potentially months, either. While not updating vital workstations to the latest software immediately is always good practice, that only works so long as no other vital software removes support for the older version.
For now, of Logic Pro X and similar DAWs should probably check which third-party solutions they're using and reach out to their developers before upgrading their Macs on Catalina day. In fact, that might go for just about anyone, too.
Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.
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