macOS 10.15 Catalina just got released, and iMazing has been fully compatible since version 2.10.
Catalina is a particularly meaningful update for our community of users:
In addition, there are a few caveats to consider before updating. Read on to make sure you can enjoy Catalina's great new features without breaking any of your current workflows.
Yes! Keeping your operating systems up to date gives you access to nifty new features. On top of that, each update, even minor ones, may include fixes for security vulnerabilities which could put your data at risk if left unpatched.
Updating macOS also ensures that your computer will be able to communicate with your iPhone and iPad if they run the latest iOS versions: we should not expect the 2015 macOS 10.11 El Capitan to be fully compatible with iOS 13 released 4 years later.
That said, there are a few important caveats to be aware of before making the jump:
With macOS Catalina, Apple has decided to move these functionalities to separate apps:
These changes do not affect how iMazing operates. You will notice that the Import from iTunes and Export to iTunes actions have been renamed Import from Music or Export to TV depending on the context, but behind the scenes, iMazing performs in the exact same way as before.
The local sync and backup/restore features which have migrated from iTunes to the Finder haven't been updated – the same restrictions that existed in iTunes still apply in the Finder:
In summary, core functionalities haven't changed and iMazing remains just as relevant as ever. It offers a far more sophisticated backup solution which does not prevent you from backing up to iCloud (and indeed, why not do both?), and lets you transfer music, photos, videos, books and documents both ways, whether you've enabled iCloud or not.
Already in macOS 10.14 Mojave, Apple had started to restrict which files and data independently distributed 3rd party apps could and could not access. Specifically, iMazing now required your permission to access iTunes backups, and to export or import media in iTunes.
In Catalina, the Finder makes backups to the same location as iTunes did:
If you had already given iMazing permission to access iTunes backups, you won't be prompted again. On the other hand, because the Music and TV apps are entirely new, you will be prompted once more for access when you export or import media in these apps.
In addition, Catalina will prompt you for permission if iMazing attempts to access an external drive, a network drive, the Documents folder or the Desktop. This only happens if you have configured iMazing to back up to one of these protected locations. If you did, you will get a prompt requesting your permission for every protected location iMazing loads backups from or performs backups to.
💡 You can easily review all your backup locations in iMazing's Preferences window, Backup tab, and the permission status for protected folders in Catalina's System Preferences, Security & Privacy -> Files and Folders
Finally, Catalina also prompts you for permission to display notifications. If you are backing up automatically with iMazing Mini, you'll need to watch out for the notification permission request, which Catalina ironically displays as a... notification:
If you deny permission, you can always allow notifications for any app, and even configure them in detail. Simply open macOS' System Preferences, select Notifications and look for iMazing Mini in the list:
In the first few days following your update to Catalina, you may be prompted quite a few times. Yes, it's a bit of a hassle, but the increased protection of your privacy is well worth it.