Updating macOS

Making sure that your Mac is kept up to date is important. Macs that are part of IAC will automatically install minor updates that do not require a reboot. However, updates that require a reboot must be initiated by the user. There are two ways that you can install updates on a Mac.


Upgrading macOS

Before updating your computer make sure the following is complete!

  • You have a backup of your documents and data from the Mac you are about to update.
  • If updating a Macbook, make sure that it is plugged in and is charging.
  • Make sure that all updates for the macOS you are currently on are installed. If you need help with installing updates click here.


There are two ways that you can upgrade your macOS.


Open-Source Software - Alternatives to Restricted/Licensed Titles

Over the years, a lot of high-quality unrestricted software titles have been developed as competitors to the older stable of license-restricted software. While the proprietary software costs a lot, and has familiar names (and a large advertising budget thanks to its high costs to consumers), it's rarely the best tool for the job -- especially in terms of reliability and availability.

Wharton Research Data Service

The Georgia Tech College of Business maintains a subscription to Wharton Research Data Service, a collection business data used to support research. From the WRDS site:

Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS) is a web-based business data research service from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Developed in 1993 to support faculty research at Wharton, the service has evolved to become a common tool for research for over 250 institutions around the world.