About macOS updates

Mac Operating System

New Mac operating systems versions are available for download in the MiWorkspace Managed Software Center after testing for compatibility with U-M networks, printers, administrative systems, and more than 550 software titles on MiWorkspace computers.

Upgrade your Mac operating system.

Current operating system: macOS Mojave (version 10.14)

Upgrade to macOS Mojave if your MiWorkspace Mac is running an older operating system. Apple provides security updates and patches operating systems for only the two most recent operating systems. Learn how to check your operating system version.

The following applications may have issues when used on macOS Mojave. Please contact the ITS Service Center for more information if you use one of the applications and are considering upgrading.

  • Avid Media Composer
  • Back to my Mac
  • Office 2011 (please upgrade to Office 2016)
  • ProTools
  • Sibelius

Coming soon: macOS Catalina (version 10.15)

Do not install macOS Catalina from the Mac App Store on your MiWorkspace Mac computer when it is released later this October. Faculty and staff who have an eligible Mac supported by MiWorkspace will receive an email when macOS Catlina is available in the Managed Software Center.

Visit the Apple website for a preview of the new features included in macOS Catalina.

Known software issues

The following applications may have issues when used on macOS Catalina. Please contact the ITS Service Center for more information if you use one of the applications and are considering upgrading.

  • All Adobe CS6 (and CS5) titles, including Photoshop CS6, Illustrator CS6, and Captivate CS5, will not run under Catalina. The CC 2019 versions of these apps are supported, however CC requires new annual licensing that your unit may need to subscribe to.
  • IDL
  • ProTools
  • Sibelius
  • SportsCode
  • Please see this list for more titles.
    • macOS Catalina no longer supports 32-bit apps. We’ve compiled a list of our packages that are 32-bit-only, but this list is not complete.

Retired Mac operating systems

Apple only provide security updates for the current and two previous macOS versions; systems running macOS Sierra (version 10.12) should be upgraded as soon as possible so they continue to be secure.

MiWorkspace will stop updates for systems running macOS 10.12 on December 1, 2019, and will remove all access to the package repository in June, 2020.

Please note: Macs older than 2009 may not support macOS versions newer than El Capitan (version 10.11). These computers should be considered end-of-life and should be replaced as soon as possible.