Why macOS Catalina is not Apple

After using macOS Catalina for a week, Erik Eckel shares the problems he experienced while using the release.


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Some versions of the operating system are better than others. macOS Catalina? I do not think that the introduction of the operating system is the best moment of Apple. Let me count the reasons why not.

In fact, I began to encounter problems even before Catalina, version 10.15 of macOS, was released on October 7, 2019. Apple prepared iOS 13 first, which I charged properly when I launched it on September 24, 2019. Subsequently, for two weeks I was presented with recurring errors in which the Notes and critical reminders, updated on several iPads and iPhones, did not synchronize with my main Mac. The confusion and frustration resulted, impacting and interrupting daily production, as there was no practical solution available until macOS Catalina took to the streets. If I had known that the problem would arise, I would have waited to update my iPhones and iPad.

SEE: Apple's 20 keyboard shortcuts for commercial users (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

Problems with the installation of macOS Catalina

Even the installation of macOS Catalina proved problematic . Experienced enough to recognize that one should never interrupt the installation of an operating system or the update of macOS in progress, or completely restore a Mac that installs a new version, I had to do that.

After looking at the Configuration screen of your Mac and looking at the corresponding image of the rotating configuration cursor for hours, I was forced to seek the experiences of others with the same problem. I immediately discovered that I was not alone. Many users complained online about the same problem, and the only easily identifiable guide was to interrupt the installation by pressing and holding the Mac's power button. Fortunately, the macOS installation continued after doing so, but there were moments of Anxiously wondering if I was going to have to recover all my data from a local Time Machine backup.

Once macOS Catalina was installed, I presumed problems related to the new operating system was over. I was wrong.

Problems after the installation of MacOS Catalina

If my Mac were the dashboard of a car, the equivalent of multiple warning and checks the engine alarms that are shown when starting. Apple ID, iCloud and related functions generated alerts. Previously validated services, such as a remote desktop connectivity application, aggressively and repeatedly generated fault pop-ups. I had to spend time navigating the Security Settings of System Preferences and re-enabling the behaviors of these applications, even though these applications had already been previously configured.

Then I turned my attention to Mac and Apple passwords. The Apple ID window appeared repeatedly and required a new login, which at the end, reappeared continuously. Frustrating. I expect something better from Apple. The problems recalled similar experiences so often associated with Windows, the same that prompted me years ago to convert to using a Mac as my daily production platform.

Finally, I tracked the logon errors of Apple ID, iCloud and local computer. the need to change my already complex passwords to new entries. Changing all passwords, both local and cloud-based, was the only solution I found that worked.

SEE: macOS Catalina: Avoid my mistake and wait before updating (ZDNet) [19659015] With those problems solved, I ran into more problems. The photos were no longer synchronized and, as a result, new images were missing. After much troubleshooting of trial and error, the only solution I found that worked was to close the iCloud session completely and restart it, a process that literally required days for the corresponding photo and file downloads to be completed.

I also found Apple Pay and the associated credit cards no longer worked on my Mac. After several attempts, in which I received only an innocuous error message indicating that the action failed because Mac's security settings changed, I discovered that the solution was to simply open the cover of my Mac while re-enabling the function. Of course, the cover did not need to be open for Face ID or fingerprint authorization; The lid just needed to be open.

Meanwhile, on a deadline to perform a specific Windows task, I discovered that my VMware Fusion 11 virtual machine was no longer working. It is a frustrating discovery to make at midnight the night before leaving the city. While it is not Apple's fault, the problem was due to an incompatibility of MacOS Catalina with the previously installed software that worked perfectly before installing the macOS update. After a free update from VMware to Fusion version 11.5, I went back to business, but the overall process was anything but fluid.

The final result

Apple has a long history of elegant operating system updates. But as these problems indicate, most confirmed as widespread, macOS Catalina was not up to those typical standards. Fortunately, future releases will be more polished.

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