Don’t Upgrade to macOS Mojave… Yet.

by Larry Jordan

Within the next few weeks Apple will release the latest version of the macOS operating system: Mojave (v. 10.14). My strong suggestion is that you not upgrade any systems that you depend upon when the new OS is released.

Apple, and its legion of beta testers, have worked very hard to provide a stable version with all kinds of new features. The problem is, that we don’t know FOR SURE that they have been successful. It won’t hurt to wait for a while after the initial release to make sure everything is working OK, or, if there are problems, for developers to update their software.

Keep in mind that no client ever has hired you to edit using a certain version of macOS. They have hired you to tell a story, on time, on budget, with great quality. Not upgrading will not affect your client relationship. Not delivering a project because your software, plugins or codecs are not compatible with an update, will.


If you depend upon a 32-bit program, such as Final Cut Pro 7, do NOT upgrade. Ever. Apple has already said that 32-bit applications will not be supported in future operating systems.

If you need to run FCP 7, either plan on never upgrading your editing computer, or create a dual-boot disk where you can revert back to an earlier OS for editing. Ideally, FCP 7 should run on Sierra (macOS 10.12) or earlier.

If you depend upon DVD Studio Pro, never upgrade. DVD Studio Pro runs best on macOS 10.6.8. It can run on Mavericks (macOS 10.11), but nothing later.



If you have a system you use for testing, feel free to upgrade immediately. That’s what testing systems are designed for.

However, if you are upgrading a system you need for daily production or editing, here are my suggestions:

  • Never upgrade the OS in the middle of a project. Finish the project, then upgrade.
  • For a major OS upgrade, I generally recommend waiting until a .1 update is offered. This gives developers a chance to test their products with the final, released version and fix whatever bugs are found in their software or Apple’s release.

Read the various blogs and support sites. Discover the problems, see if they pertain to you. When your current project is done and you’ve got time, upgrade. Don’t put unnecessary pressure on yourself to upgrade before you are ready.

Personally, I upgrade my testing system immediately upon format release; I no longer get involved in beta testing. All my other editing systems wait a few months before I upgrade them. This makes it easy to go back when necessary.

NOTE: Here’s an article that discusses when to update in more detail.


New releases are always exciting – there are so many new features to explore.

However, we need to balance the new features against the risk of something breaking in a current project that prevents us from delivering on time.

Waiting won’t hurt. Upgrading too soon just might.

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  1. Mojave still supports 32bit apps at the same level as High Sierra, you will just be warned when you try to run a 32bit app that it “may” be incompatible.

    But, you should analyze any hardware HBAs (SAS, Fibre-Channel, Enthernet, etc.) and storage devices as Apple replaces any user installed device driver with a generic driver. If you have custom RAID configurations or are using a tape device, you may discover that your device no longer works or performs at less than optimal speeds.

    Be sure to check and install the manufacturer’s device drivers after you upgrade (that goes for earlier releases, as well).

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