Mac Users: Don’t Upgrade to Monterey… Just Yet!


macOS MontereyApple recently announced that the latest update to its macOS, Monterey, is available to the public. While we know people are eager to update to the latest OS to take advantage of the new enhancements for key apps; including Safari, Messages, and Maps, as well as new privacy features, we recommend that users wait until the next “dot” OS update before upgrading University-owned Macs. Continue reading Mac Users: Don’t Upgrade to Monterey… Just Yet!

Apple Releases Security Updates to Stop Spyware

iOS 14.8Just a day before Apple’s September event, Apple has released the iOS 14.8, iPadOS 14.8, macOS 11.6, and WatchOS 7.6.2 security updates. While the updates list what might be just basic improvements to CoreGraphics and WebKit, it actually stops the devices from “Processing a maliciously crafted PDF may lead to arbitrary code execution. Apple is aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited,” according to the security note. This code execution is what allows spyware to run on your devices. Continue reading Apple Releases Security Updates to Stop Spyware

macOS Big Sur: Safe to Upgrade Yet?

 SMU macOS users can update to Big Sur. This news item was published in January 2021, is now outdated, and is preserved for historical reference only.

Apple macOS Big SurA few weeks ago, we mentioned the release of Apple’s latest desktop operating system, Big Sur. We also told you not to upgrade your devices until we had time to investigate compatibility and any issues that may arise. Today, we’re happy to announce that you can now start upgrading your devices, but before you do, please keep the following in mind. Continue reading macOS Big Sur: Safe to Upgrade Yet?

Mac Users: Don’t Upgrade to Big Sur… Just Yet!

 SMU macOS users can update to Big Sur. This news item was published in November 2020, is now outdated, and is preserved for historical reference only.

Apple macOS Big SurThis week, Apple announced during their “One more thing” event that the latest update to its macOS, Big Sur, is to be released to the public on November 12, 2020. While we know people are eager to update to the latest OS to take advantage of the new enhancements for key apps; including Safari, Messages, and Maps, as well as new privacy features, we recommend that users wait until the next “dot” OS update before upgrading University-owned Macs. Continue reading Mac Users: Don’t Upgrade to Big Sur… Just Yet!

Mac Users: Don’t Upgrade to Catalina… Just Yet!

 SMU macOS users can update to Catalina. This news item was published in October 2019, is now outdated, and is preserved for historical reference only.

macOS Catalina is available todayThe newest version of macOS 10.15 Catalina is now available. We highly recommend not updating to this OS as it will be problematic for various 32-Bit software packages causing the software to not run. Continue reading Mac Users: Don’t Upgrade to Catalina… Just Yet!