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Adobe CC 2019 Mac system requirements

The Adobe CC 2019 apps that were recently made available for download require macOS 10.12 Sierra or later.  Previously downloaded versions of Adobe CC apps will continue to run on older versions of macOS, confirmed by this Adobe support article.

macOS 10.14 converts all boot drives to APFS

macOS 10.14 Mojave requires the boot drive be formatted as APFS.  Unlike macOS 10.13 High Sierra, which only converted SSD boot drives to APFS, Mojave will convert any HFS+ formatted boot drive to APFS.  This includes: HHD, Fusion, and SSD.  External drives formatted as HFS+ will not be converted.

macOS 10.14 breaks Boot Camp on 3TB iMacs

If you have an iMac with a 3TB drive, and you’ve configured it with Boot Camp, you may get an error when attempting to upgrade to macOS 10.14 Mojave stating “Installation cannot proceed with Boot Camp configured”.

Apple has posted a support article detailing this issue, with options available for affected iMac models.  Some iMacs with 3TB drives have workarounds, and some do not support Boot Camp with Mojave.

Free APFS to HFS+ converter tool

I was surprised to learn that Paragon Software released a free APFS to HFS+ Converter app.  As the name would indicate, this app claims to be able to take a drive formatted as APFS and convert it to HFS+.  This is an interesting tool, and could be helpful to those who upgraded to High Sierra, had their SSD boot drive automatically converted to APFS, and this has caused some sort of problem (like not being able to host network Time Machine backups).  I’m betting this tool will only be useful for macOS 10.13, as it would appear Mojave will require APFS, but it’s worth knowing about none the less.

FileVault recovery key already set fix

If you try to turn on FileVault, and get an erroneous warning stating “A recovery key has been set by your company, school or institution”, delete these two files and reboot:

  • /Library/Keychains/FileVaultMaster.cer
  • /Library/Keychains/FileVaultMaster.keychain

This can be caused if you used Apple Migration Assistant in the past to move over data from an older Mac, and that Mac had FileVault turned on and back off again.

Mojave is brining Software Update back

Mac OS 10.8 and older had a system preference pane named Software Update, and that’s where you would go to view/apply updates from Apple.  This included things like operating system patches and security updates.

Apple removed the Software Update system preference pane in Mac OS 10.9, and replaced it with one named App Store.  This was linked to the Mac App Store app, and applying Apple updates confusingly could not be done directly in the system preference pane.

Mac OS 10.14 will be bringing back the Software Update system preference pane, and removing the dependence on the Mac App Store app.  I’m guessing this is because Apple is completely overhauling the Mac App Store’s look and feel, and the confusing Apple Updates section never really seemed to fit.

Like it or not, here APFS comes

It is likely that Mojave will automatically force the conversion all types of boot volumes to APFS, including Fusion drives and hard disk drives (HDD).  Although things could change, this is the behavior being reported with the Mojave beta 1 release.

High Sierra was originally supposed to convert SSD and Fusion drives to APFS, but at the last-minute Apple decided to only force convert SSD drives.  One can only assume this was because of instability reported during beta testing.

Mojave drops support for older Macs

The hardware requirements for Mojave will be more restrictive than compared to High Sierra, primary because Mojave offers more powerful graphic capabilities via the Metal 2 framework.  Details are still being worked out, but don’t expect Mojave to run on most 2009-2011 Macs that High Sierra supported.

Good bye mountains, hello desert

Apple announced at the 2018 WWDC that Mac OS 10.14, due out this Fall, will be named Mojave.  This macOS release adds support for new frameworks like HomeKit and Metal 2, and offers some nice (but not revolutionary) new features including: Dark mode, Gallery View, and Desktop stacks.

Since 2013 all macOS releases have been free to Mac owners, and named after landmarks in California.  Initially it looked like Apple was sticking to a mountain theme with 10.9 Mavericks, 10.10 Yosemite, 10.11 El Capitan, 10.12 Sierra, and 10.13 High Sierra.  Craig Federighi, Apple’s head of software engineering, hinted at WWDC that 10.14 Mojave’s dark mode was inspired by the beauty of the Mojave desert at night.  While I’m sure that story was born in the marketing department, let’s hope Apple steers clear of Death Valley for their next macOS release name!

R.I.P. AirPort

Apple has discontinued their AirPort line of WiFi routers, including the AirPort Epress, AirPort Extreme, and AirPort Time Capsule.  Once in-stock product is sold no more will be manufactured.

To fill the void, Apple has posted a support article to help customers with choosing a Wi-Fi router to use with Apple devices.

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