New versions of Apple’s operating systems are coming to your iOS devices and Mac in the next week. iOS 12 was released today and macOS 10.14 “Mojave” will be available a week from today on September 24. If you’re planning to upgrade your Mac or iOS devices with Apple’s newest software, you should make it a point to back up before you install anything new.
The new releases were announced in June at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC), which gathers thousands of Apple developers from around the world each year. It’s a familiar annual processional: Apple introduces new versions of both the Mac and iOS operating systems. They’re tested by developers and the public throughout the summer.
Back up Early and Often
Changing your Mac or iPhone’s operating system isn’t like installing a new version of an app, even though Apple has tried to make it a relatively simple process. Operating system software is essential software for these devices, and how it works has a cascading effect on all the other apps and services you depend on.
If you’re not currently backing up, it’s easy to get started using our 3-2-1 Backup Strategy. The idea behind the 3-2-1 Backup Strategy is that there should be three copies of your data: The main one you use, a local backup copy, and a remote copy, stored at a secure offsite data center like Backblaze. It’s served us and thousands of our customers very well over the years, so we recommend it unabashedly. Also check out our Mac Backup Guide.
Our advice is to make sure to back up all of your systems before installing operating system software, even final released software. It’s better to be safe rather than sorry, especially where the safety and security of your data are concerned.