Get Ready for Mojave

Published in MugTalk August 2018 … 

It is time to start getting prepared for the release of Mojave (macOS 10.14) sometime this fall. There are a number of interesting features that I’m looking forward to trying, including Desktop Stacks, Screenshot Markup, Finder Gallery View, and Continuity Camera.

No matter if you are a beta tester (the beta version is available now if you are brave), an early adopter like me that will grab a copy of Mojave as soon as it is released, or a smart person that waits until after the first one or two updates are released, there are several things you should do to be prepared.

Find Out If Your Computer Can Run Mojave

Macs that can run the macOS Mojave 10.14 Beta include:

  • MacBook (Early 2015 or newer)
  • MacBook Air (Mid 2012 or newer)
  • MacBook Pro (Mid 2012 or newer)
  • Mac mini (Late 2012 or newer)
  • iMac (Late 2012 or newer)
  • iMac Pro (2017)
  • Mac Pro (Late 2013, plus Mid 2010 and Mid 2012 models with recommended Metal-capable GPU)

By comparison, Apple’s current MacOS, 10.13 High Sierra, can be run on:

  • MacBook (Late 2009 or newer)
  • MacBook Pro (Mid 2010 or newer)
  • MacBook Air (Late 2010 or newer)
  • Mac Mini (Mid 2010 or newer)
  • iMac (Late 2009 or newer)
  • Mac Pro (Mid 2010 or newer)

Backup Your Computer

As you probably predicted, I’m going to nag you about making sure that your backups are current. This may be the most important thing to do prior to updating your operating system.

You can backup your data with the Time Machine software included on your Mac. But if you want to be able to roll back to High Sierra due to a problem with Mojave you must do a clone backup using Carbon Copy Cloner or SuperDuper. Don’t forget to unplug the clone backup after you finish so that it doesn’t get written over with the new installation. You can always find out more about backups from Backup 101.

Do Your Housekeeping

It is always good to use an operating system update as an opportunity to get rid of applications that you no longer use, eliminate duplicate files, and do all the other “housekeeping” duties that should be a normal part of your routine.

Review Your Applications

Since Mojave will be the last OS version that supports 32-bit applications, you should start replacing these with 64-bit versions. You can get a free utility that will check your installed apps and determine which ones are 32-bit. Download Check32.

Create Your Own MacFix Toolkit

Macs are well known for being reliable, but let’s face it, they are just computers, and computers can fail. Although failures can’t be predicted, you can create an emergency “toolkit” which can help you get back to normal.

To get started, create a folder called MacFix, or whatever name you prefer.

Here are some suggestions for a beginning DIY troubleshooting kit. Save copies of these resources to your MacFix folder. When you come across other articles and documents related to your setup, add them too. Ensure that the information is accessible if your computer dies by saving copies to a flash drive and to iCloud or Dropbox. If you use iCloud, you can access the information using your iPhone or iPad in a pinch.

  1. About My Mac — download a worksheet.
  2. Startup Key combinations — from Macworld.
  3. Mac User Guide — from the Apple website.
  4. Backup 101 — basic backup instructions.
  5. Instructions for restoring from a Bootable Backup or TimeMachine.
    Tip: test your backups periodically to see if they are working.
  6. Create a bootable installer for macOS.
  7. Learn how to reset your password.
  8. Fix Mac startup problems.
  9. Troubleshooting tips.

One easy way to get information about your Mac is to use the free MachineProfile app. Run this and save the information as a text or PDF file and add to your growing MacFix folder.