should MB Air early 2014 update from Yosemite to Catalina?

Maveriq

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I am still using Yosemite but I'm considering to update to Catalina because I want to use keynote.

Will there be significant impact in the performance if i do so? I dont have much to complain about the current performance. It has served me very well since 2014.

1.4Ghz intel core i5
4gb ram
256gb storage

If there is significant impact, which should i upgrade? the RAM? or should i consider getting a new MBA?

Thanks in advance!
 

Erehy Dobon

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Per the product webpage on Apple's site:


the current version of Keynote requires macOS High Sierra (10.13) or later (see footnote 1).

If I were in your shoes, I would upgrade to High Sierra, install Keynote and use it for a while noting performance (CPU, memory, etc.). With 4 GB of RAM, I am unsure if upgrading all the way to Catalina would be wise.

One option would be to clone the High Sierra boot drive to an external drive (with a utility like Carbon Copy Cloner) and then upgrade the external drive to Catalina to test it out. If you were unsatisfied with Catalina, you could simply just return to booting from your Mac's internal drive.

To me that would be the most sensible approach.
 
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4sallypat

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I have a bunch of the 2012 MBA and they all upgraded to Catalina fine, but I did have to download a new Keynote app probably because of the new Catalina protected drive partition ?

I also found out Microsoft Office 2016 would not work so I had to install Office 2019.
 

Maveriq

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Per the product webpage on Apple's site:


the current version of Keynote requires macOS High Sierra (10.13) or later (see footnote 1).

If I were in your shoes, I would upgrade to High Sierra, install Keynote and use it for a while noting performance (CPU, memory, etc.). With 4 GB of RAM, I am unsure if upgrading all the way to Catalina would be wise.

One option would be to clone the High Sierra boot drive to an external drive (with a utility like Carbon Copy Cloner) and then upgrade the external drive to Catalina to test it out. If you were unsatisfied with Catalina, you could simply just return to booting from your Mac's internal drive.

To me that would be the most sensible approach.
Thanks for the recommendation. Do you think upgrading my ram from 4GB to 8GB would be good support for Catalina?
 

Macdctr

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You can not upgrade RAM on your MBA.
The only thing you are able to upgrade is your storage drive. With that said, I had Catalina running fine using only 4GB RAM on my 2012 11inch Air when I had it. Other than having to upgrade other software to run under Catalina, there were no issues. If you upgrade your Air to Catalina I don't see you having any issues...I'm currently running Catalina (MacOS 10.15.4) on all my laptops with no issues.

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