50 (Almost) Ways to Leave Your Lover (High Sierra) for macOS Mojave

macOS Mojave

With macOS Mojave now in developer beta, many will want to try it out as soon as the public beta is released. There are some ways to do this with care and caution and still have fun.

macOS Mojave
macOS Mojave. Darkly beautiful.

First, the computer gods require me to direct you to this sage advice from our Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus.

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[Those Shiny Apple Beta OSes: 2018 Edition ]

Did you read that? If not, GOTO readthis.

Right now, macOS Mojave is in developer beta 2. The public beta has not yet been released, but should be coming soon, perhaps before the end of June as, I suspect, developer beta 3. Here’s some good preparation advice from iMore. “How to prepare your Mac for the macOS Mojave public beta.

Our Jeff Gamet noted a fairly serious install problem on an external SSD as well as some cosmetic issues. I expect the install problem to be ironed out in the macOS Mojave public beta.

macOS Mojave Install Options

The larger issue is WHERE you install Mojave. You have lots of options.

  1. On your primary boot drive/SSD of your production Mac. Not a great idea. GOTO readthis. Bad. Very bad.
  2. On a spare, separate partition on your boot drive. Dual boot. Geeky. Doable. Especially if you already have the partition created.
  3. On a non-mission-critical spare Mac that meets the system requirements for Mojave. A very good idea.
  4. On a external drive with HFS+ or an external SSD with APFS. Dual boot. Also a good idea, assuming Apple fixes the install problem, mentioned above, in the public beta.
  5. Finally, if you routinely use virtual machine (VM) software, such as Parallels Desktop, you can install High Sierra as a VM (from your current Recovery Partition) and then upgrade it to the Mojave public beta. This is ideal because you can have Mojave running in a window on your High Sierra desktop. No dual boot fuss. Here’s a detailed guide. “Try macOS Mojave with Parallels Desktop for Mac.

Mojave looks to be a stellar release of macOS. As Apple routinely does, the public beta should have the most dangerous bugs resolved and be ready for users to experiment with. You’ll be fine if you pick one of the recommended install methods above.

Next Page: The News Debris for the week of June 18th. Apple and handwriting recognition. Again?

One thought on “50 (Almost) Ways to Leave Your Lover (High Sierra) for macOS Mojave

  • John:

    Just a couple of quick comments.

    First, I fondly recall my Newton – a last generation device just prior (months) before it was terminated. I was always intrigued by the device, and when they came to market, I was in residency training. At the time, the Sharp pocket organisers were all the rage, and a fellow resident and I were comparing them to the far more capable Newton. I still remember him suggesting to me that the Newton was out of my league (and his) due to the price and the sub-human wages we were making as doctors in training (he did have a point). Still, I wanted one. I think during one her visits, I must have commented on this to my mother. Upon her retiring and coming to live with us overseas in SE Asia, she gifted me one. I played with it all the time. By then, I had purchased a Palm Pilot, and the difference in writing speed on the Pilot vs the Newton was almost meaningless. You had to use a specific (and slow) script on the Palm Pilot called Graffiti, done letter by letter. The Newton, at least for me, was reasonably good at reading my scrawl, which is impressive in that, once one completes medical school, one’s handwriting is illegible (they won’t let you graduate with legible handwriting). Today, however, I’m not sure how great the demand is for handwriting converted to text is (I’m sure Apple are collecting the data from apps like Notes). I find that I am much faster at typing than I am at handwriting, plus whenever I am now obliged to handwrite, not only is is slow, but awkward and yes, illegible, even to me. I now marvel at people who, in meetings, whip out a paper pad and pen to take notes, not only for their choice, but at least for me, the inefficiency in first committing something to paper and then later transcribing it to type on another device. I acknowledge that others have a different flow, and that this clearly works for them. Still, even if Apple deploy handwriting recognition on the iPhone (as one can also do on the iPad), I am unlikely to use it, apart from the occasional markups I do with the Apple Pencil.

    Regarding the issue of addiction, this is a complex topic. As you’ve noted, the WHO has recognised ‘gaming disorder’ as an illness. That, however, does not validate iPhone or smartphone addiction, however defined, as an illness; which to the extent that this is real, would need to be de-conflated from excessive attachment or use of specific apps that might drive any perceived addictive behaviour. I suspect that, like my own kids for a period of their youth, people who spend excessive time on their smartphones, it is more app than device – related. There are apps that strive to engage and maintain your attention/loyalty, like FB and Twitter. In any event, the case studies that have driven the classification of gaming disorder are impressive, and may represent part of the spectrum of addictive disorders associated with other phenomena. In the meantime, for those like myself whose speciality lies elsewhere, I’ll continue to follow the primary literature and see what the experts conclude.

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