macOS Catalina Problems: 5 Things to Know


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.

Read: How to Fix macOS Catalina Problems

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

We are already seeing macOS Catalina problems.

We are already seeing 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.

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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.

We recommend looking at macOS Catalina problems on YouTube, on the Apple Discussion Forums and on Twitter as well as the MacRumors forums. A little prep and research can help dramatically.

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.

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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

You can downgrade from macOS Catalina to macOS Mojave.

You can downgrade from macOS Catalina to macOS Mojave.

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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Using Your iPad as a Display + Apple Pencil

Using Your iPad as a Display + Apple Pencil

One of the biggest macOS Catalina features is called Sidecar. This allows you to use your iPad as an external display for your Mac. You can connect wirelessly, so this works at home as well as on the go, to amp up your productivity. You can also use this tech to work on your Mac with the Apple Pencil. 

The display option lets you extend your desktop or mirror the display. This makes it easy to either add more space or get a portable version of your Mac’s display that you can take to the couch or just hold in your hand. I plan to use this with an Ergotron iPad mount to add another display on my desk. I’ll also use it when working remote at trade shows and on business trips. 

Select Mac Apps will allow you to use Sidecar to draw and mark up items on your Mac using the Apple Pencil on your iPad display. This can replace a dedicated drawing tablet in some cases and is a really amazing free feature. 





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