We're pleased to let you know that macOS Catalina has now been approved for installation on University-owned Macs. It should appear as an available install in ‘Self Service’, for all compatible Macs, within 24 hours of release.

If you have 'Self Service' on your Mac then you will be able to upgrade by selecting 'Install' from within 'Self Service' (we've featured the download, so it will be immediately visible). We highly recommended that you ensure that you have all essential files backed-up to network or external storage prior to upgrading your OS, so please bear this in mind before starting your upgrade.

Details of the new features that Catalina brings can be found on the Apple website but we'd like to highlight that macOS Catalina no longer supports 32-bit applications. This means that any 32-bit applications will need to be updated to 64-bit versions, prior to being used with macOS Catalina. You can find out what 32-bit applications you have on your Mac, as follows:

  1. Choose Apple menu > About This Mac, then click the System Report button.
  2. Select Legacy Software in the sidebar. All legacy software is 32-bit.
  3. If you don't see Legacy Software in the sidebar, select Applications in the sidebar, then check the list of apps on the right. The column labelled”64-Bit (Intel)” shows ”No” for apps that are 32-bit.

Please note that Mathworks advise that MATLAB R2019b is required for official compatibility with macOS Catalina, this too is now available for installation through 'Self Service' on managed Macs.

Please don't hesitate to contact the Service Desk team if you have any questions.