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A Word About Software Updates

February 27, 2024 — Jim Neumann
Screenshot showing a beta notification in macOS' system settings.

When Apple announces their latest operating system, it may be tempting to jump right on it. But is that the best idea?

While running the latest operating system can be exciting, we suggest not installing the first release. There are undoubtedly bugs and unforeseen issues that need to be addressed. Waiting for the first or second revision is always a good idea. As a general recommendation after that, you should stay current with the point releases for the operating system as well as our application updates. This ensures you have the latest fixes and improvements.

Regarding beta operating systems offered by Apple, both Mac and mobile, we strongly suggest you do not install a beta operating system on a production or mission-critical machine. Betas can, and often will, break things that worked in a previous release. They also can introduce new issues that may manifest in a variety of forms. From a development standpoint, a beta version is a moving target. So something that breaks in the first beta may be addressed in the next beta. We accept bug reports if you happen to be running a beta, but be aware we don’t release hotfixes to address issues related to a beta OS.