The macOS Catalina update is out with a plethora of new features, bug fixes, and security patches, but there are already a number of problems and issues that you need to be aware of. These are real issues that will impact how you use your Mac, and you may need to buy new software if you upgrade.
The macOS 10.15 update is a major upgrade for the Mac, along the lines of iOS 13, and this can deliver a major impact on your Mac computer in good and bad ways.
This post focuses on the macOS Catalina errors, issues, and problems that we know about so far. While some of the issues carry over from macOS Mojave, many are new.
In this guide to macOS Catalina problems, we help you understand the current state of macOS 10.15 on new and old Macs. When possible we show you where to find fixes and in some cases explicit instructions not to update if you rely on third-party hardware.
We’ll also cover the installation options and the macOS Catalina to macOS Mojave downgrade option if you already installed Catalina and you need to go back.
macOS Catalina Problems
There are already some macOS Catalina problems that are annoying users. Some of the biggest issues include;
- Download errors
- App compatibility errors
- App Crashes
- Installation Problems
- Problems with Apps and Accessories for DJs and Musicians
- Photoshop Problems
- Battery Life issues
We ran into slow macOS Catalina downloads and two “The network connection was lost.” error messages while trying to download the beta. If this happens to you, simply retry and it could fix the problem.
We’re also seeing reports of apps and third-party accessories not working. Specifically if you use Logic Pro X with adapters, you should hold off. Native Instruments says not to update.
Normally we will also see connectivity complaints with WiFi, Bluetooth and other errors as more people install the update.
Where to Find Feedback
You can find feedback on the macOS Catalina update to get help from other users and to learn about what is going on. This is great if you don’t want to be an early adopter, and can let someone else fix the problems for you.
We’re almost done with our list of reasons to install macOS Catalina and reasons to wait, which can help you decide if it is time and to understand the current situation.
How to Fix macOS Catalina Problems
While Apple will need to fix some of the macOS Catalina problems, you can solve some issues on your own. We have a full guide on how to fix macOS Catalina problems, which will help you solve most issues on your own.
If you cannot download or install macOS Catalina, try restarting the download, restarting your Mac and switching to a wired connection. If your device feels sluggish after the update, you may need to simply wait for the background processes to finish. Give it a day or two.
In cases where battery life takes a hit, the background processes could be a culprit, but you can use this guide to fix bad macOS Catalina battery life.
If you can’t use WiFi, Bluetooth or you experience sound problems, try restarting your Mac or turning WiFi or Bluetooth off and then back on. You can also reach out to Apple Support via Twitter or via Apple’s website.
If you still can’t fix the problem, you may need to contact Apple to schedule a Genius Bar visit to get help.
macOS Catalina Downgrade Options
It is possible to downgrade from macOS Catalina to macOS Mojave. There is no time limit and this is very easy if you have a good backup for your Mac. To do this, you just need to start your Mac in safe mode and choose Restore from Time Machine Backup.
This will take some time, so it’s not to be done lightly, but if you are no longer able to use your Mac like you need to, it could be the best option until Apple releases an update for the new macOS 10.15 version.
What’s Next for macOS?
There is a very good chance that Apple is already working on the macOS 10.15.1 update and other smaller updates. The latter of which could roll out this week or next to fix glaring issues and errors.
We expect to see Apple share a macOS 10.15.1 beta with developers this month and we should know more about what is coming soon. Apple did delay some of the macOS Catalina features to later this fall, so you can count on at least one major point update before the holidays.
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