macOS Catalina 10.15: Testing completed

Apple has released macOS Catalina 10.15, the latest version of their operating system (OS). ICTS has successfully completed product suitability testing to ensure that this OS does not conflict with existing software already in use on campus. You can now install macOS Catalina 10.15 on your machines.

Exciting new features

A range of new applications – Apple Music, Apple TV, and Apple Podcasts – replaces iTunes. The iTunes store, however, is still available via Apple Music. Additionally, your iPad apps can now be added to your Mac too.

One of the most talked-about updates of this version is the ability to extend your Mac’s display to your iPad so you can work on two screens simultaneously. 

View all the latest features on the Apple website.

Technical requirements for macOS Catalina 10.15

Catalina can only be installed on certain Mac models. It is therefore imperative that you check whether your machine meets these requirements.

Navigate to the Apple website to view the technical specifications and for more information on how to upgrade.

Key to symbols used

Testing Key

Tested and approved

Tested and NOT approved

Not working/Not yet functional

Not tested/Testing in progress

Known issues

 

Test results

The following test matrix details the current status and results of the testing as regards the systems and software applicable at UCT.

macOS Catalina 10.15

Operating System

What was tested

Results 

Status

macOS Catalina 10.15

Installation, functionality

Successful

macOS Catalina 10.15

Upgrade, functionality

Successful

 

Application and services

Results & Comments

Status

Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac 
(Office 365)

Basic functionality
Microsoft Outlook (Office 365) is the recommended supported email client for Office 365

Skype for Business 2016

Basic functionality

Microsoft Teams

Basic functionality

Apple TV

Basic functionality

Mac Mail

Basic functionality
Recommended supported email client for Office 365

AirDrop

Basic functionality

Continuity

Basic functionality

Adobe Reader DC

Basic functionality

Adobe DC Pro

Basic functionality

SAP 7.50 GUI revision 4

Basic functionality

Mozilla Firefox 69.0

Basic functionality

Safari 13.0

Basic functionality

McAfee EndPoint Security 10.6.1

Basic functionality

McAfee EPO Agent 5.6.1

Basic functionality

Oracle Java Runtime Environment:
Version 8u213

Basic functionality

Parallels Desktop 15

Basic functionality

EndNote X9

Basic functionality

Novell iPrint v06.08

Basic functionality

Papercut

Basic functionality

EZProxy

Basic functionality

PeopleSoft

Basic functionality

Third Party System

Basic functionality

VPN (Cisco VPN AnyConnect Client)

Basic functionality

Bomgar

Basic functionality

eduroam

Basic functionality

eduroam CAT

Basic functionality

CIFS and SMB (Access to the UCT file services cluster)

Basic functionality

SPSS 25

Basic functionality

Boot Camp

Basic functionality

UCT Apple update server

Basic functionality

Microsoft AutoUpdate

Basic functionality

Nvivo 12

Basic functionality

 


Websitess (Testing done using Safari 13 and Firefox)

What was Tested

Status: Safari

Status: Firefox

http://www.uct.ac.za/

Functionality

https://uct.service-now.com

Functionality / Authentication

http://www.icts.uct.ac.za

Functionality / Authentication

http://password.uct.ac.za

Functionality / Authentication

http://netstorage.uct.ac.za

Basic functionality, authentication, file upload, file download and browsing network drives using Safari 13.0

http://lists.uct.ac.za

Functionality / Authentication

https://www.ezproxy.uct.ac.za

Functionality/Authentication

https://vula.uct.ac.za

Functionality / Authentication (note: Lecture recordings)

http://outlook.office365.com

Functionality / Authentication

http://whitepages.uct.ac.za

Functionality / Authentication

https://mpsportal.uct.ac.za/app

Functionality / Authentication