What I want from a new version of an operating system, especially one as mature as Mac OS, is that it fixes or improves what was not working well in previous versions, and that it leaves tried-and-true features and functionalities as untouched as technically possible. I don’t need and I don’t want disruption for disruption’s sake on a yearly basis. While I understand that today’s tech motto is The show must go on, that also doesn’t have to mean that the show should get painful to watch.
Instead, Catalina has so far proven to be quite the disruptive experience.
My work laptop, a 2018 MacBook Air, is still running on Mojave and I don’t expect I’ll upgrade the machine any time soon. I can’t risk running into any unexpected issues with the software I rely on to get things done. I might not run Catalina on my work computer until I get a new one that comes with it pre-installed in 6–12 months.
This feeling isn’t unique to my work laptop, though. I’ve reached a point in my life where I care more about my devices working than I do about having the shiny new features of the latest software update. This is undoubtedly influenced by the quality of Apple’s software over the last few years (or lack there of). But I certainly don’t mind being a bit behind and not having to deal with all the new annoyances — at least until they’ve had a chance to iron things out a bit.