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Should I Update?

by | Oct 10, 2019 | Apple iOS, Apple macOS

When I’m in people’s homes working on a Mac or an iPhone problem, I’m often asked… “Should I update?”

Many also say “Would you like a cup of coffee?”

The answer to both questions is the same… but if you are not the coffee offering type, you should read on.

First, it’s important to understand that:

Updates make changes to a version of macOS or iOS.

Upgrades change the version of a macOS or iOS. Upgrades are released once a year.

Apple release Mac and iOS updates on a more frequent basis.


It’s a form of ongoing support for the operating system.

Most updates fit into one of 3 categories:

App Updates – Improvements and bug corrections to Safari, iTunes, etc.,

Security Updates – Improvements to fix potential malware and other exploitation issues.

Technical Updates – Related to a machine or piece of hardware. These are pretty rare.

The answer to our update question . . .  Yes. You should install all 3 types.

These updates are there to help your computer run faster and more securely.

Remember to backup before updating.

You’re not backing up?

Check out how to backup in this old post. The information in this post needs to be updated, but the steps remain the same.

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