macOS – Upgrade or Update?

Be aware that upGRADING and upDATING are two different processes. An Upgrade changes the operating system to a new version.  An Update will patch (bug fixes) the currently installed operating system. We always recommend updating whenever possible to receive all the patches. However, we only recommend upgrading after the .2 release of the operating system. 

Although the macOS Monterey “Upgrade Now” option will show as being available, we at SMPH Shared Services IT have enabled a block on SMPH IT managed machines. This block will prevent the upgrade, until the 12.2 version release is available. Attempts to upgrade the macOS, before the 12.2 version release, will prompt the below “InstallAssistant_springboard” message.

When it is time to upgrade your computer, check to determine the macOS of your system by clicking the Apple logo in the upper left corner of your screen and click “About This Mac.”

To check for available updates, click the System Preferences (gearbox icon) in the Dock, or choose Apple menu > System Preferences and select Software Update.  Click “Upgrade Now”.

Contact SMPH Shared Services IT if you require assistance.