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A solid upgrade for everyone (especially iPhone users)

86

In theory, Apple's OS X Yosemite update is for everybody. And in a way, it is -- almost anyone can download it for free, so long as they have a Mac that came out sometime in the last five years or so. In reality, though, this release is mainly for people who own an iDevice, whether it's an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. All of the most compelling features -- Handoff, iMessage integration, shared browser history, the ability to receive calls on your computer -- are reserved specifically for iOS users. For people like me, who own an Android phone and use Microsoft OneDrive for storage, this is a more modest upgrade. That said, even those of you who dabble in multiple OSes will appreciate the flat new design, Spotlight search and improved Safari layout. Just accept the fact that you're not getting as much out of the new operating system as you could be.

Critic reviews

8.6
7 reviews
  • Ease of use
    7.7
  • Speed
    8.0
  • Configurability
    8.0
  • Ecosystem (apps, drivers, etc.)
    8.0
  • Openness
    6.0

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5.2
40 reviews
9.0
Engadget Oct 16, 2014

OS X Yosemite is a solid update for Mac users, but in order to make the most out of it, you need to also own an iOS device.

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9.0
TechCrunch Oct 16, 2014

The improvements here are much more than surface deep, and make forward progress in terms of how we think about and experience desktop computing, especially in a world where mobile occupies an increasing amount of our time.

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8.0
SlashGear Oct 16, 2014

OS X Yosemite is not only a refined and capable Mac platform, but a compelling reason to embrace Apple’s ecosystem as a whole.

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9.0
The Verge Oct 16, 2014

OS X 10.10 is a perfectly appropriate name: it’s the best OS X ever, but it’s still OS X. When it downloads and installs onto your machine, you’ll hardly even notice.

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8.0
TechRadar Oct 16, 2014

Yosemite does make compromises in its quest to integrate further with iOS, but there's a lot to like here, and some really neat new features.

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First Looks

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Engadget Jul 23, 2014

For anyone who thought OS X was getting stale, that it was evolving a little too gradually, you'll definitely want to check out Yosemite: It ushers in a new, iOS-inspired design, along with some new, iOS-like features.

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Gizmodo Jun 3, 2014

What's certain is that what we're looking at here reflects Apple's biggest ideas in recent memory about what the desktop OS can be. It's more than a pretty face—it's facing in the right direction.

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ZDNet Jun 4, 2014

In many ways, the user experience is now akin to its iOS counterpart, with much of the functionality brought into iOS 8, and its immediate predecessor iOS 7, into the desktop version for Macs, MacBooks, and iMacs.

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Laptop Magazine Jun 5, 2014

Those who prefer a more familiar desktop environment are still going to have it, but Yosemite weaves in mobile experiences where it makes sense.

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TechCrunch Jul 23, 2014

Apple’s first foray into consumer preview testing is coming out of the gate strong, based on my testing, but what’s most interesting is how the feedback of a million average users will inform the final product come fall.

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SlashGear Jul 23, 2014

Some have predicted a gradual erosion of the OS X experience ... and yet while Yosemite feels familiar as an iPhone and iPad user, it does so without sacrificing its flexibility. The cohesiveness of ecosystem is what makes Yosemite such a success, even at this beta stage.

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The Verge Jul 23, 2014

More than anything else, Yosemite is an example of Apple at the height of its powers. It takes part in an ecosystem of devices that ensures each one feels distinct and appropriate to its use, but nevertheless is recognizably Apple.

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9to5Mac Jun 2, 2014

OS X Yosemite is by far the biggest change to OS X since its introduction itself, well over a decade ago. Of course, the biggest news here is the all new, iOS 7-inspired UI.

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2.0
lwj lwj

The minute I finished "upgrading" to Yosemite, my Mac started acting just like a PC. All bad.

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6.0
Applebol Applebol

This OS is not yet ready. I still run into crashes, apps suddenly quitting, etc. The wifi connection is notably less stable than on Mavericks. Several smaller connection issues, with bluetooth, interference etc.

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8.0
OftHated OftHated

I'm pretty new to OS X (I've had my Macbook Pro for about 3 months now), but I've never used an OS that I've been more happy with. I used to hate Apple, assuming all they did was overcharge for a product that wasn't at all superior. I was wrong. I don't think I've ever been quite so happy with a...

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3.0
mindfreek mindfreek

Yosemite is visually very nice, but unpractical. I really miss the boldness that the last one had. Furthermore, I have returned to Mavericks because of the constant wifi problems and the new update is probably not going to fix that. This is a killer for me, because I rely on WiFi and it is...

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3.0
GeeboH GeeboH

On the individual ratable levels provided by Engadget, Yosemite isn't bad. But what Engadget doesn't have a rating for are things like Stability, and Yosemite is the most unstable version of OS X I've used since 2001. At least once a week I'll get a random reboot, and every single day my machine...

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1.0
sydneystufff sydneystufff

Apple has completely lost the plot. I have wasted countless hours of my time force quitting, re-starting, re-installing on a daily/hourly basis. Most times on this specific project, every 15 minutes requires a restart, and reload of Adobe Premier CC. It's quite appalling. The project will either...

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1.0
evey77 evey77

So disappointed. Since getting OS X Yosemite, my mac has slowed down so much, I have wifi connection issues, I'm constantly having to force quit and forcibly shut down my laptop. So frustrated as I originally got a Mac for its smoothness & easy use, as well as no issues with freezing &...

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2.0
Mot12 Mot12

Very disappointed. This is Apple's way of becoming a Microsoft-type klutzy product: slowing down the system; crippling valuable apps (like Adobe Photoshop -forcing you to purchase upgrade-, messing up the Apple mail tool and making Safari very clumsy. A MOST UNWANTED UPGRADE, wish I could undo it.

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9.0
Matmania Matmania

My Macbook was a little 'stuttery' with Mavericks. It had an occasional problem restarting. Wake from sleep could be hit and miss. All these problems have gone with Yosemite. This version of OS X is th best yet for me. My Macbook with 8GB RAM runs Yosemite really well. Apps open really fast....

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1.0
vedmant vedmant

Yosemite has the worst design ever. The whole purpose of flat design is to make information more readable and reduce everything that can distract. What've done Apple, completely opposite they made colors so bright that they always distract, they've made menu text and all text on that transparent...

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10
ryan0rogers ryan0rogers

Steve Jobs came back and helped them launch Yosemite! (with all respect) I've been using Apple's OS since Panther. The Yosemite update was visually and functionally the best so far. There were alot of bugs in Mavericks. Loading time was horrific at times, programs closing without notice. It...

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1.0
dahuja2 dahuja2

I started to download it, but it took a very long time. Then-it made everything become pixalated, and had really bad shifting between pages. BEFORE IT DOWNLOADED! So, I just restated my Mac, and I am leaving it forever. Please, i am warning you, NEVER DOWNLOAD THIS! This is not me in...

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6.0
steenbag steenbag

Overall a pretty good OS. It's hard for me to judge exactly how much faster Yosemite is than Mavericks because I got a new MBP as part of my final upgrade. I will say when I initially upgraded on the old one, it seemed sluggish for the few days I had it. On the new MBP, it is fast and responsive....

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3.0
Pim1987 Pim1987

Worst iteration of OS X ever. After a clean install (10.10.3) one is still presented with a extremely slow finder (especially when handling large amounts of files) memory leeks in Preview with applying contrast for example. STILL spastic and gimmecky window jumps all over the place when doing...

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1.0
altergeist altergeist

Yosemite is god awful. Unless you like GPU panics, hard crashes, freezes and lower performance in benchmarks than Mavericks.... Not best impressed that I basically can't use the discrete graphics card properly on my £2k (when new) 2012 machine without a total system hang. Also, loads of...

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