As most of our readers are well aware, macOS 10.15 Catalina was released to the public this past Monday. And as many of you are also aware, the installation process hasn’t gone very well for some people. (Check out the comment section on this post.)
Though our OWC development team and IT department have Catalina up and running on various machines for testing purposes, and I have a secondary Mac running the OS, as a company, we have not yet rolled it out to all employees. Why not? For starters, it is a corporate policy that we wait until at least revision X.1 (e.g., 10.15.1) of any new software release. This allows us to see how it fares with the general public – helping us make sure it’s stable. Thank you, public!
It is also crucial for us to thoroughly evaluate all of the corporate applications we use, as any hiccups or interruption to our workflow could critically impact our business – and that would make us sad. It could also create delays in the development and release of our awesomely cool products – and that would make you sad. So basically, OWC is waiting to update to Catalina so that no one will be sad.
Yes, there is a much higher percentage of people successfully completing Catalina’s installation – failures affect a small minority of users. But for those experiencing issues, it is incredibly frustrating. Especially considering how difficult it is to revert to Mojave.
Some of the issues that users are running into include the dreaded “macOS Catalina Won’t Install” error, the “Unable to Write Information to Disk,” and “Could Not Create a Preboot Volume” errors. For some unlucky people, the installation freezes or simply fails to complete. You can check out the Rocket Yard article “How to Fix macOS Catalina Installation Issues” as it details some of the most common and a few not-so-common Catalina installation problems you may run into – as well as several potential solutions.
If you are waiting to update to Catalina, please share your thoughts with other Rocket Yard readers in the comment section below. Heck, even if you didn’t wait and installed the new macOS right away, let us know your reasoning as well! After all, the more informed we are, the better. And the better we are, the less likely we are to be sad.