macOS Catalina: Everything you need to know

From the desert to the coast: macOS Mojave will soon be giving way to the next major version of the Mac operating system, called macOS Catalina. Revealed during Apple’s 2019 WWDC keynote in June, Catalina features some major new features that continues to move the OS forward.

In this FAQ, we’ll give you the general details on macOS Catalina: When it will be release, what Macs are compatible, etc. We’ll add more details to this article as they become available.

When will macOS Catalina be released?

MacOS Catalina will be released during the fall of 2019. In the recent past, Apple has released the new major new versions of macOS in late September, and they’ll probably stick to that plan again.

How can I get macOS Catalina?

Apple will make macOS Catalina available through the Mac App Store. The download will probably be several gigabytes in size, and the installation will take several minutes, so use a reliable internet connection and be prepare to not be able to use you Mac for anything else other than the installation.

Updates to Catalina will happen through the Software Update system preference.

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You’ll need to use the Finder now to sync your phone with your Mac.

How much will macOS Catalina cost?

Nothing. It’s free.

What version is macOS Catalina?

Officially, it’s macOS 10.15 Catalina.

Which Macs are compatible with macOS Catalina?

  • MacBook (2015 or newer)
  • MacBook Air (2012 or newer)
  • MacBook Pro (2012 or newer)
  • Mac mini (2012 or newer)
  • iMac (2012 or newer)
  • iMac Pro (2017 or newer)
  • Mac Pro (2013 or newer)

If your Mac isn’t on this list, you can continue to run macOS Sierra or High Sierra.