General musings from the MacVector team about sequence analysis, molecular biology, the Mac in general and of course your favorite sequence analysis app for the Mac!

MacVector and future releases of macOS

The next OS release for the Mac will arrive later this year. MacOS Mojave is a significant OS upgrade and includes a lot of new features, especially when compared with the differences between OS X El Capitan, macOS Sierra and macOS High Sierra.

Our developers have been hard at work ensuring that when macOS Mojave is released, MacVector 16 and the following release (MacVector 17) will be fully compatible.

As usual for older versions you can check compatibility on our website. The results for macOS Mojave are not yet published, but it is likely that they will follow the ones for macOS High Sierra 10.13.4.

For recent older versions it is likely that they will work fine. Over the past few version we have been striving to future proof MacVector for new versions of macOS.

However, for older versions of MacVector there will be issues. Apple do make significant changes between releases. One issue that you will see with MacVector 13.5 and earlier versions is regular dialogs stating that this version of MacVector will not work with the next release of macOS.

A more subtle version of this dialog started appearing with the release of macOS High Sierra 10.13.4, when Apple added warnings to all 32 bit applications.

Here at MacVector we always strive to stay ahead of the game. When Apple recommended (many years ago) that all applications should be 64 bit, we immediately started working to move MacVector to be fully 64 bit resulting in the release of MacVector 14 in 2015.

Please do note that whereas our developers do develop and run MacVector on Apple’s public and developer betas of macOS, we really do not recommend that users run MacVector for any real workflows on beta releases. There may be unexpected issues that you may encounter.

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