On September 30, Apple is coming out with yet another major operating system upgrade.
Should you upgrade?
If you are a regular reader of this website it is likely you are using your computer to make music – perhaps even to run a business around it.
Then my answer is simple: don’t do it.
If you trust your computer to do crucial work and don’t want to be dealing with downtime due to compatibility issues, it is simply foolish to risk upgrading your operating system right away.
It has been shown time and time again that Apple’s operating system upgrades break software and hardware compatibility. It can take anything from a few days to several months for the majority of developers to fix these issues.
If you’re really out of luck, some software or hardware you are using may not be updated at all and you won’t be able to use it ever again after the upgrade.
I really hate how Apple are coming up with new operating systems so frequently. It causes developers to spend a big chunk of their time and money on constantly upgrading their products instead of actually focusing on development. Not cool.
More important than having the latest operating system is to make sure that your Mac is running smoothly.
- Keep enough free space on the hard drive (15% of the size of the drive is recommended – OS X uses this space for running maintenance tasks.
- Keep your computer clean of gunk – Clean My Mac 3 is a fantastic tool for that.
- Keep up to date backups of your entire system.
I’ve experienced enough problems caused by operating system upgrades in the past. Learned my lesson – that is why I’m still running OS X 10.8.5 Mountain Lion today. I will only upgrade when I absolutely must. This basically only includes two situations:
- If I’m getting a new computer.
- If some software I really need to have is not supported for my operating system.