Is OS X Yosemite ready for you to install now?

“I always emphasize caution to our readers when Apple introduces a major new operating system because problems can and usually do occur, especially early,” Peter Cohen writes for iMore. “My advice to Mavericks users was the same as what I doled out to iOS 8 users and to iOS 7 users last year. Sometimes the perils of a major operating system upgrade aren’t worth the trouble unless you’re willing to accept the risk of being an early adopter.”

“Apple’s been improving Yosemite in fits and starts; a 10.10.1 update came out in November which purportedly fixed some of the Wi-Fi problems that people reported early on,” Cohen writes. “But it didn’t fix them all, which is why Apple’s been seeding development betas of 10.10.2 which is also being tested for Wi-Fi improvements.”

Cohen writes, “One other thing, and this is important: If your Mac is running at or close to the low-end system requirements for Yosemite, think carefully before upgrading.”

Read more in the full article here.

23 Comments

  1. I upgraded my 2007 Macbook Pro and 2007 iMac within a week of release and had no issues other than slowness after startup (Spotlight Indexing). Upgraded my wife’s much newer MBP and iMac over the holidays with no issues.

    I used DiskMakerX to make a bootable USB Installer Flash drive and it installs flawlessly in about 22 minutes.

    The internet echo chamber is full of the sounds of complaints, but those of us who have no complaints are rarely, if ever, heard.

  2. I tried to upgrade my dad’s older Mac mini to Yosemite last week. Installation went without a hitch and everything seemed smooth and usable — EXCEPT networking. Networking of any kind didn’t. Both WiFi and Ethernet were nonstarters. I even tried networking over Firewire (just to see), and nothing worked.

    I think the networking problems in Yosemite go deeper than just WiFi.

    That said, I’ve not had a single problem with Yosemite on my iMac, WiFi and Ethernet included.

  3. Have used Yosemite now for a few weeks and works ok for me.

    I had to upgrade as my hard drive failed in my iMac – no regrets so far and I love the fact I can send instant mobile messages/texts and make calls on my Mac from my mobile phone.

  4. Cohen writes, “One other thing, and this is important: If your Mac is running at or close to the low-end system requirements for Yosemite, think carefully before upgrading.”

    Bullshit. I have a 2008 MBP 15″ and it works better than it ever did. Maybe if you have a integrated GPU from MB you might see a slow down, but add a SSD, problem solved.

  5. … It depends on the hardware and your pain tolerance.

    I’ve railed enough about not-ready-for-prime-time Yosemite both around here and directly to Apple. So I’ll leave it at that. Until Yosemite further matures a bit, I happily use OS X 10.9.5 Mavericks on all my Macs.

  6. I would only upgrade if you don’t care what the network name of your computer is. All my machines are now MyComputer(2), OtherComputer(7), etc. absolute garbage. Breaks network Time machine and pretty much anything that uses your computer name to find the computer. Embarrasing Apple actually released a bug this bad and, Still, has not fixed it. ????

  7. Compared to previous versions – wifi is fucked up, bluetooth is fucked up (on both of my MBP’s 2012 & 2014), but usable. And the rest? Brilliant, likely. RETINA system. AHH! Using since day one. Oh, so far the icloud drive seems like a joke (syncing for an ∞ with no result after all of tips & tricks & wasted hours?). But I have a lot of dropboxes for a long time, so… Hoping for quick fixes, cose – still – best.

  8. Yosemite does not offer valuable enough new features to be worth the headache. There will always be people who say “it works perfectly”, but for many of us, it’s just another step down from Snow Leopard. Allow me to elaborate….

    First and foremost, it’s not easier to use, because useful skeumorphism and visible shading has been banished along with the excessive leather stitching — only to be replaced by ugly blue glowing tabs. By making almost everything flat gray on white, Ive makes everything less legible whether you have a Retina display or not. He obviously has not learned anything about Human Interface guidelines that experts in the field have studied and recommended for decades.

    So let’s assume that Yosemite wasn’t truly ugly (which it is). By now the Mac user should have some options in fonts and colors at least to appeal to a wider audience. But Ive just keeps burying user controls and bleaching out colors rather than making it easier. Helvetica Neue sucks, period.

    Sure, much like the horrid “natural scrolling” option, you can turn off a lot of useless crap that Yosemite adds, but it’s a pain in the ass to install software, test Ive’s latest crap, and then learn how to turn it all off. In the end, Yosemite is a wasted 5GB download.

    There is absolutely NOTHING in 10.0 to simplify your workflow. Yosemite adds hundreds of clicks to the user’s day, and it dramatically decreases legibility, for absolutely no practical reason.

    To someone who has used a Mac practically every day for decades, I quickly learned to hate borderless windows, gray meaningless icons, translucency, missing Finder sidebars, and useless Spotlight suggestions from places on the internet that I don’t care to go.

    I was quickly tired of OS X phoning home to Apple servers every millisecond for no logical reason. Automatic full screen apps are a bane. There is a reason people who have multicore processors and dual displays use multiple windows – BECAUSE WE DO MORE THAN ONE THING AT A TIME, IVE. THIS IS A MAC, NOT A GODDAMNED IPHONE.

    Holding down an option or command key to find functions that could be a simple click away on a toolbar is not acceptable.

    Spotlight is harder than ever to use for advanced search criteria. You have to learn the secret keyboard keystroke. WHY DO YOU HIDE THIS APPLE ?!?!?!?!? And now it pops up in front of everything instead of where you want it, which for me is in the upper right hand tool bar.

    Mail has regressed. Preview has not improved, and it’s desperately behind as a PDF editor. iTunes 12 is an absolute disaster of a GUI; syncing doesn’t work reliably, and Podcast management is harder than ever. Safari not showing the full address is downright dangerous in this day of phishing. Message fonts are just useless. Contacts is harder to read and use than ever. Calendars needs better views and user control, the makeover is hideous. Crayons are juvenile. Help menus seem to have been ignored for years. Java errors abound. Memory management seems to have taken a step back. Notifications remain a pest with settings that don’t stick — maybe nice for social media addicts, but not reliable enough to rely on for Mail.

    Yosemite is more like Windows Vista and Windows 8 rolled into one than most Mac users are willing to admit. Sad, because Macs used to be a true joy to use. Yosemite is absolutely NOT. It is change for the sake of change, more shit from Ive that nobody asked for.

    I can see why Apple isn’t charging people for it. Yosemite isn’t even worth it when it’s free … and this is coming from a dedicated Mac user since the late 1980’s.

  9. This Whole Article is BS and doesn’t deserve to be on MacDaily News… It’s like Last Month’s News Regurgitated. I’ve been using Yosemite on MacBook Pro Mid 2012 16GB ram with minimal problems. I’m a Power User running Adobe Creative Suite CC & CS6 apps plus dozens of smaller apps. Only a couple old apps didn’t work and were upgradeable.. No Wifi Issues, Runs leaner and faster than Mavericks… I dunno what all the Psychobabble (Alan Parsons) is about…. I have shareware and all kinds of garbage on my MBP that most would have a seizure about… runs like Buttah. Sorry to hear folks having problems but I’ll bet it isn’t Yosemite. They probably got malware or Viruses from Porn Sites and Torrents that were infected… but they can’t admit to that… so blame it on Yosemite and Apple & Tim & Jony… and Steve if they could.

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