I thought I’d post this as I’m sure I’m not alone in being priced out of the hardware race on Macs.
I posted a while back about trying to get Win 10 running in Parallels on my 2011 MacBook Pro, in order to run Dorico 4. It was a no go.
So I settled for having D4 on my studio Mac Pro 5.1 running Mojave, and resigned myself to saving up for a replacement MacBook. Away from the studio now for a few weeks overseeing rehearsal for a musical in UK, I thought I’d just google and see……… I need Dorico for edits and really don’t want to be creating duplicates in 3.5 that I then have to sort out on my return to France.
Well, here’s the thing, I’ve installed Catalina on this ageing MacBook, and Dorico 4 runs superbly. In fact the MacBook runs faster and smoother than it did under High Sierra. So far I’ve found no anomalies, all my software runs very well. Studio One 5, Mixbus 32C-7, and of course Word & Numbers docs created in their later versions on Mojave now run on the MBP, instead of having to edit in the clumsy iCloud browser.
So Apple’s policy of machine obsolescence is…well, I’m not going to get into a rant about sustainability v. progress here, but certainly more people need to be aware that their older machine is far from obsolete. I’ll probably get at least a couple more years out of this machine now, thanks to the ingenuity of a guy who calls himself Dosdude1. His instructional videos are concise and simple. The patches that he’s written, and the download & installation of Catalina itself are an all-in-one process (you cannot normally download a Catalina install package to an unsupported machine). Here’s his website: www.dosdude1.com
Of course this is just my experience, and the usual rules apply - back-up first, your risk etc etc, but from the comments on his YT vids (there are people upgrading 2009 machines!) it seems a pretty safe bet.
Begs the question though - if all it takes is a few patches to tweak the OSX to run (and use the old hardware more efficiently than previously), couldn’t Apple……?
If anyone has more to add, advisories etc please jump in.
I hope this helps a few people - writing and creating is an expensive business these days, too many calls on a limited supply of funds. Not having to find £400 for a slightly newer MacBook is a very big deal for me.