May 28th 2014 9:45 am

86

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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User reviews

5.7
21 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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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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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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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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5.0
navarretemarce navarretemarce

Very disappointed. After "upgrading" I got the following: my system slow down a lot, battery life got awful, pdf rendering became sluggish and clumsy, wi-fi issues, overall A MOST UNWANTED UPGRADE.

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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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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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8.0
yorman4 yorman4

I was windows user for 15 years and I didn't know how fast and reliable it's MacOSX...It was the most pleasant experience to use it.....!!!!!!!

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8.0
dayconoto dayconoto

where the system is sound as far as stability, desperately needs the ability to disable certain features without 3rd party apps for educational settings

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10
darkpath darkpath

Without violating NDA, I'll just say it exceeds my expectations, outperforming Mavericks on the same hardware while adding great new functionality, all without compromising compatibility with my mission critical tools.

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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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