Apple’s next OS X update could fix Yosemite’s rampant WiFi dropping problems

“Are you one of the many, many OS X Yosemite users who have been plagued with intermittent, seeming unsolvable problems with WiFi dropping since upgrading from Mavericks?” John Brownlee reports for Cult of Mac. “The end to your problems may very well be coming down the pipe.”

“Apple has begun seeding a new developer beta of OS X Yosemite, version 10.10.1,” Brownlee reports. “OS X Yosemite has been plagued with issues involving randomly dropping WiFi connections since release. So far, no one is entirely sure what is causing the issue, although some people say the problem can be addressed by disabling Bluetooth, iCloud, or deleting your WiFi connection and readding it. But nothing works 100%.”

Brownlee reports, “With Apple stressing testers look at WiFi the second beta in a row, it looks like Cupertino is making a serious effort to fix the issue in the next OS X update.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: It is rather annoying. How about you? Are you tired of toggling Wi-Fi on and off or renewing your DHCP lease or whatever you do to get your Wi-Fi working again, yet? We look forward to having all of our Macs’ Wi-Fi connections just work.


  1. Great glad to see the wifi fix coming. Now how about some nice new features clients have been requesting for years.

    Here are the features I wish Yosemite had:

    Apple – Forget the stickers, I’d rather have the ability to customize OSX!

    Here is the customization that I am interested in:

    Ability to change Dock color, and Finder Sidebar colors if transparency is turned off.

    Ability to set which items are transparent or not.

    Option to set the default behavior of the “Green Button”. Personally I wish I could set it to open full window and not full screen. Why? Quick access to the Menu bar and the Dock are important to me. In addition, I don’t like the delay switching between full screen and non full screen.

    Option to set the default screen size upon opening an app. This option could be placed in Get Info. I suggest three options – Full Screen, Full Window, Windowed.

    It would be so nice not to have to rearrange the app each time I open it.

    Arrow Snap – Microsoft’s best contribution to graphical computing (for arranging windows side by size on the screen).

    1. I agree…. this is the windowing behavior I expect most of us users to use.

      Option to set the default behavior of the “Green Button”. Personally I wish I could set it to open full window and not full screen. Why? Quick access to the Menu bar and the Dock are important to me. In addition, I don’t like the delay switching between full screen and non full screen.

      Option to set the default screen size upon opening an app. This option could be placed in Get Info. I suggest three options – Full Screen, Full Window, Windowed.

      It would be so nice not to have to rearrange the app each time I open it.

    2. “Option to set the default behavior of the “Green Button”. Personally I wish I could set it to open full window and not full screen.”

      You can set a keyboard shortcut for “All Applications” with menu text “Zoom” (IIRC; not in front of my Yosemite Mac right now).

      Works in most applications I use, including Finder windows.

    3. OS X has a lot of options that are not exposed in the UI, which is wise. Too many options confuse most users; the rest of us can either utilities like Deeper or Onyz (Titaniun Software, free). Yosemite has the Tiger dock; there are options to change it to something that’s more esthetic.

      The main thing I wanted to fix was the ugliness. Yosemite icons are for the most part the same as Mavericks icons, with weird colors, and with detail removed. In Maverick, I opened the packages of all applications, coreservices/coretypes.bundle, and, and put them in the corresponding places in Yosemite. I still have a retro-60s cartoon interface, but the good-looking icons spiff it up.

      (If you do this, the Firewall with ask you about iTunes every time you launch it, but who cares. That’s the only adverse effect.)

      1. Not clear! The icons are in the contents/resources folder inside the package of every application and coretypes.bundle. Copy them from Mavericks and paste them into the corresponding place in Yosemite. Tedious, but rewarding.

    1. This is why I always wait out any new left-dot OS update. I have urged you not to jump, but fanboys being fanboys, you always do. There are so many potential issues with a big release, even with beta testing, installing early is always a leap of faith.

      While it will be fun to take advantage of the new Yosemite features (as well as those in iOS 8), I decided long ago to wait until at least Thanksgiving to let the bugs get squashed before moving forward to update my Macs and iOS devices. Sadly, I appear to be right, and I take no comfort in that.

      Boys and girls, please learn from this. Stop trying to be the first to download and install anything, Apple or otherwise. Programming is highly complex. Fixing one bug often spawns another. You are better off waiting and making sure that the OS, as well as the 3rd party apps that run with it, are fully compatible.

      What’s the rush? Learn from this, please.

  2. i’ll be happy if Apple fixes the junk mail filter. Since installing Yosemite all my junk mail has sailed through to my inbox unmolested. The weeks before the election were a very trying time. cDock cured many of the aesthetic sins of Yosemite. And I’ve given up hope of Apple ever doing anything intelligent with iTunes. Strangely I’ve had no problems with Wi-Fi.

    Frankly I’m shocked the results of the latest poll. It seems like Jony Ive threw away the book on Apple Human Interface Guidelines and no one seems to care.

  3. Interesting. I have had mild connectivity issues (though they were related to an Ethernet connection) though I found that repairing my disk via Disk Utility and rebooting tended to fix the problem.

    I haven’t had any Wi-Fi issues with Yosemite that I can recall, though I am still getting issues with text one websites wierding out on me as well–the last time I checked, being unable to use Pixelmator (which I think I will test again today and report via Feedback Assistant) because of glitchy graphics.

  4. Have not seen it on any of my devices:
    Airport Extreme Dual Band (Improved Antenna)
    AirPort Express (Current Version- used as a wireless bridge)
    Mac Pro 4,1
    Mac Mini 2010 (1 Server and 1 Non Server)
    Macbook Aluminum (not Pro) 13″
    iPad Air
    Brother Laser
    Canon Printer/Scanner
    iPod Touch 5th G
    iPhone 6
    Apple TV (current and 160GB 2nd Gen)
    Kindle (eInk)
    TiVo (1 Roamio and 1 with adapter)
    2 Vizio Smart TVs
    xFinity/Comcast Scientific Atlanta DVR

    All are on the home wireless network and all are running the latest version of OEM Software/Firmware. No visitors have had problems with the best network on a variety of devices.

    I also have an AT&T and Verizon 4G WiFi hotspots used as a backup to Comcast and for mobile (on the road) use. Have not seen he problem with them either. Must be peculiar to certain Apple equipment.

  5. Hang on now… if this was an MSFT issue the MDN blog owners would be all over it tearing them a new one. OS X is full of problems, WiFI issues in 2014? Come on enough with the blind love for lack lustre software development. Bluetooth issues are also intolerable and the revised Free iWorks suite is a farce! Office 2011 for Mac still humbles iWork to no end. Mr. Cook stop telling the world that you being Gay is a gift from God and start focusing on quality OS releases across all Apple platforms! BTW, 29,000+ 2011 MacBook Pro users are none to please with you either. See you in Court!

      1. Your right… a bit of venting as I get tired of the self-proclaimed self-righteousness that folks post on here! I own several PC’s 2 of which are Macs and I can safely say that a well tuned Windows PC is just as a solid as any Mac.

  6. Don’t count on anything. We are still waiting, since Mavericks introduction, for a reliable IMAP email fix. Six months ago, when previewing Yosemite, Craig Federighi said it would be fixed “messages will download as they should” he said. Now, with Yosemite, Apple’s most loyal users and admins continue to be hosed (18 months; it appears Apple has given up; Craig can’t do an email program right?). Tim Cook should get off the world stage and make his product work for his customers. Perhaps some of the 15,000 engineers based in the new iHole in Cupertino could be tasked to this project.

    1. I have no problem IMAP. If you’re having problems with Gmail, complaint to Google. Google is the one using IMAP in a manner inconsistent with its specification. Why should Apple have to accommodate Google’s faulty use IMAP?

      1. Where do you come up with this stuff? Google is not in the business of supporting Apple OS X. All was good with Mavericks. Get over you hatred for Google and stand up for your rights as demand better from Apple.

        1. IMAP is an industry standard protocol (look it up) that Apple adopted but has nothing to do with. Google modified it to their own purposes. The problem is with Google, not Apple. If Apple used some modified version of IMAP then you would have a valid complaint but they don’t and you don’t.

          Complain to Google. They’re the ones using a nonstandard protocol.

      2. Hey I was just taking Craig Federighi, who was on the same stage as his boss Tim Cook, at his word that it would be fixed.

        He always seems to have a silly smirk on, so maybe he was just playing with us.

        And by the way, my IMAP provider is not Google, but another big service.

        1. If your provider is using a standard implementation of IMAP then I stand corrected. IMAP is a standard protocol regardless of provider and if Apple is not getting it right then it is up to them to fix Mail. My opinion, for what it’s worth, is that Apple is crazy for putting their OS cycle on a yearly schedule. An operating system should not be released until it’s gone through a thorough beta testing program and had time to mature. Both Mavericks and Yosemite feel like early beta versions. They should not release an operating system until it’s ready. Ever since they put OS X on a yearly schedule I knew there would be problems. An operating system should not have growing pains that last 6 to 8 months.

          I enjoy being on the cutting edge but I don’t like being sliced by it so often.

  7. It must be a tough nut to crack given all the Yosemite testing over the last half year.

    That’s why I rarely move to a new OS until .2 release.

    I used to enjoy debugging … not so much anymore.

  8. I bought my first Mac in April 1984. Yosemite is the most troublesome update for me in last 30 years.

    Biggest problem is Mail, which just freezes without any recourse other than a manual reboot. Wifi is the next big problem. The other problems are minor for my workflow, but too numerous to ignore. Put together, Yosemite is a mojor disaste

    While I remain a loyal fan, I feel that Apple no longer cares for people like me. The update has been out for about a month now, with perhaps millions of people affected. Most of them part of a silent majority, like me, who just loyally and patiently wait.

    Yet, there is no acknowledgement from Apple that there is even a problem, that people have lost time, money and critical information due to their screw-ups. Let alone a projected date for a fix.

    So we the faithful wait for The GODS at Apple to deliver us for the problems that they themselves created. Next time I see these same Gods prancing around the stage telling me gleefully how great the new products are, and how there are 200 more new features in the new OS11, I will wonder — what about the functionality of the old features. I longer believe.

  9. I have had a few minor issues, none with WiFi, and none of which has caused me any problems. I’ve also had no problem adapting to certain new behaviours, such as going full screen, which I rather like and the old behaviour is always available with a dab of the Option key—hardly onerous.

    I’ve noticed that people dislike change: personally I’ve just gone along with it. I appreciate that other people’s mileage may vary but to me, the improvements in 10.10 far outweigh any temporary unfamiliarity. In particular, Markup and Mail Drop are now features I couldn’t live without.


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